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Stage 5: Burguete – Hiriberri/Villanueva de Aezcoa

Distance/elevation: 17.2 km / (+640 m), (-580 m)
Time: 4h45min (walking time without stops).

Difficulty: Straghtforward stage between Burguete and Villanueva de Aezkoa. Part of the stage runs along tracks. Signalling is excellent.


The old GR11 route passed by Roncesvalles and headed on up to Puerto de Ibañeta. This section has now been assigned to the GR12, while the GR11 goes further south.

(0h0min; 0kms) Burguete (890m). Past San Juan Bautista church, the town hall and the “frontón” court, you follow the red and white markings of the Pyrenees Trail. You follow a track that very soon leads you over Aetzubi stream, crossed by both a ford and a foot bridge. You quickly abandon the track and turn left, along a path that rises gently up through a beech forest (on the way to Oiarburu). After about 2.5 kilometres from the start, bordering on an area of meadows, the path crosses a barbed-wire fence and takes a sharp left-hand turn. Pay careful attention at this point.

(1h15min; 4.8kms) Nabala (1,013m). The path joins the track coming from Roncesvalles. Follow it to the right, along the south face of Ortzanzurieta (1,566m), as far as...

(1h40min; 7.2kms) Collado de Usateguieta (1,020m). The track reaches a fork. To the left, it drops down to the old weapons factory of Orbaizeta, and to the right, it continues towards Aria. You abandon it, and go straight ahead, following a path that heads into the pine forest. The path gets steeper as you reach the highest point of the stage, close to...

(2h20min; 9.3kms) Latxaga peak(1,210m). The path heads downhill, joins a track and later crosses a small road in Aizartea, a broad hilltop occupied by crop fields. Once again into the woods, you pass a trough below on the left. The track becomes a path that quickly drops towards...

(3h45min; 13.8kms) Orbara (750m), in Aezkoa valley. The markings take you across Orbara and lead you down in search of the river Irati, which you cross via an attractive medieval bridge. From this point on, it’s uphill all the way to the village of...

(4h45min; 17.2kms) Hiriberri/Villanueva de Aezkoa (920m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, in Burguete, we recommend Casa Pedroarena (Tel: 848992525 / 948 13 08 89 / 619 444 207 / 680 879 679; Possibility of breakfast and laundry service.

4 kilometres from Orbara, in Aribe, Hotel Rural Aribe offers to pick up walkers in Orbara or Hiriberri upon previous request, and will drive them back the next morning.

At the end of the stage, in Hiriberri/Villanueva de Aezkoa: Casa Rural Aguerre.


- Alpina: Valles de Irati y Aezkoa (Scale: 1/25,000).
- SUA edizioak: Orreaga (Scale: 1/25,000) and Selva de Irati (Scale: 1/25,000).

Perfil de la etapa

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
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba
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
Shortcut: The pipeline path from Bachimaña to Brazato
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 (Fuenblanca)
Stage 17v (GR11.9): Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Faja de las Olas)
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 20v (GR 11.2): Biadós - Ref. Ángel Orús
Stage 21v (GR 11.2): Ref. Ángel Orús - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 21v (GR 11.5): Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de la Renclusa
Stage 22v (GR 11.5): Refugio de la Renclusa - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
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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