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Stage 16: Bujaruelo - Góriz


Distance/elevation: 24,6 kms / (+1.238),(-381)
Time: 8h30min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: Pay attention in slippery conditions around the stakes in Soaso. This can be avoided by taking a path to the right.
Notes/suggestions: You do not pass any villages until Parzán. In case of necessity, you can take a detour to Torla (3kms by road) when you reach Puente de los Navarros.
Route/Itinerary:

The Pyrenees Walk heads down Bujaruelo valley via the narrow Garganta de los Navarros gorge and enters the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park and climbs the Ordesa valley until it comes to Góriz mountain refuge.

(0h00min; 0,0kms) Refugio de Bujaruelo (1.338m). The GR11 crosses over San Nicolas medieval bridge, then heads down the left-hand side of the valley, following the Senda de los Abetos trail. After about 3kms you reach Los Abetos bridge just opposite the Valle de Bujaruelo campsite. Do not cross the bridge and keep walking on the same side to Santa Elena bridge, where you will once again come to the vehicle-friendly track that goes up to the auberge. You cross the bridge, and follow the path that now heads along the right-hand side of the narrow Garganta de los Navarros gorge, until you reach the road that runs from Torla up to the Ordesa car park.

(2h30min; 7,3kms) Puente de los Navarros (1.075m), the western edge of the National Park. The GR11 leaves the road, and on the right, drops down to cross the River Arazas via the Puente de la Canaleta bridge. The path veers east and heads into Ordesa valley. Gigantic mountain walls open out on both sides: to the left, the Mondarruego or the renowned Tozal de Mallo, and to the right, the Sierra de las Cutas.

(4h20min; 12,6kms) Pradera de Ordesa (1.300m). In summer, this overcrowded spot is the customary starting point for the vast majority of excursions. The path climbs up the whole valley towards the Soaso cascades and Soaso cirque. The Cola de Caballo waterfall can be seen to the left. There are two options at this point: the classic ascent by means of stakes, or a zigzag route to the right.

(8h30min; 24,6kms) Refugio de Góriz (2.200m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, the Refugio de Bujaruelo (//) , (64 beds in rooms for 2, 4 or 8) has a restaurant, a café, camping facilities and food all day long. Three kilometres down the road, following the track coming from Puente de los Navarros you will find the Camping Valle de Bujaruelo (//) . As well as an area for camping, it has chalets, a shelter, a bar-restaurant plus a small supermarket.

During the stage there are a few free shelters like the one at La Faja de Pelay (on the hunters’ trail) or Soaso shelter.

At the end of the stage you have the Refugio de Góriz () . In high season and most weekends of the year it tends to be fully booked, so be sure to book in advance, which is done exclusively online. Only late bookings can be made by telephone. The other option is to camp outside the refuge, between dusk and dawn (following park regulations).

Other services:

The Valle de Bujaruelo campsite has its own supermarket (3km from San Nicolas de Bujaruelo following the track). In Torla, after a 3km detour from the route, you can find practically anything.

Transport:

Bujaruelo is accessible by car via a track (6km from Puente de los Navarros). Another option is to hitch a ride with one of the cars heading to the auberge or the campsite.

Góriz mountain refuge is only accessible on foot, the most common route being the GR11 coming from Pradera de Ordesa. A tourist bus takes you from Nerín up to Sierra de las Cutas, which shortens your approach journey considerably.

During the summer months and over Easter, the Park public transport bus service takes you from Torla to Puente de los Navarros and on up to Pradera de Ordesa (regular times there and back throughout the day). During these periods private vehicles are not allowed access to Ordesa valley (Pradera). There is a car park for private vehicles and buses in Torla. Another way to reach Puente de los Navarros from Torla is by walking the GR 15.2 route.

To get to Torla, there are buses with connections from Sabiñanigo-Jaca, operated by the company Alosa.


Perfil de la etapa

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Stages - GR11

- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun
- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera
- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka
- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo
- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo (Spanish)
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri (Spanish)
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia (Spanish)
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba (Spanish)
Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)
Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)
Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú
Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú
Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana
Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara
Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación
Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)
Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso
Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa
Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo
Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz
Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime (Spanish)
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset (Spanish)
Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles
Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca
Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers
Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré
Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta
Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón
Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán
Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu
Stage 30: Areu - Baiau
Stage 31: Baiau - Arans
Stage 32: Arans - Encamp
Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa
Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu
Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá
Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles
Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria
Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter
Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló
Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà
Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà
Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol
Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens
Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle
Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva
Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus



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