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Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Alternative from Canfranc via Canal de Izas: Canfranc-Estación - Sallent de Gállego

Distance/elevation: 23,8 km / (+905),(-1135)
Time: 7h05min (walking time without stopping).

Difficulty: The route is pretty straightforward. On the climb up to the lakes and around the lakes, markings can be lost in snowy conditions. During the thawing period it may be complicated to cross the river in the Culivillas ravine.


(0h0min; 0 kms) Candanchú (1.536m). You head down the station road until you come to the markings for the Camino de Santiago – which you follow for the next 3 kilometres – just before a big bend. You leave behind the last apartment blocks and come to a small road that crosses the river Aragón and leads to the main road. Turn left, cross the road and follow a wide path towards a small hill top, leaving to your right a telecommunications aerial. Walk down the path to Anglasé house, where you will join a path that comes from the road and heads towards Canal Roya.

(0h45min; 2.6 kms) Chimenea del Anglasé (1.380m). These are the ruins of an old copper and iron foundry that operated in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 3 minutes you pass the crossing, where to the right the Camino de Santiago and the variant of the GR11 via canal de Izas separate. Walk on until you reach the Fuente del Cerezo (15'), then leave the track (3') for a path on the right and cross the river via a small footbridge. You now head up the valley on the left-hand side.

(1h50min; 5.9 kms) Refugio de Lacuars o de Canal Roya (1.565m). The condition of this shelter constantly gets poorer and poorer. Keep walking up the valley, following a series of pine woods, until they give way to open fields. You will then have reached...

(3h05min; 9.4 kms) Plano de La Rinconada (1.870m), an idyllic grassland – the backdrop of a glacial cirque – at the foot of the imposing Pico de Anayet. The path winds to the right of a waterfall in search of more suitable ground on the way up to the lakes, until it eventually reaches the upland valley which opens out to the right. The path now heads to the left (se) in search of the...

(4h00min; 11.5 kms) Anayet Lakes (2.225m). Cross the grassy plain – waterlogged – until you reach the other side of the lake where the Culivillas Ravine opens out. The path, well-marked, rapidly descends and frequently crosses the stream that keeps you company (there is no need to cross it the first time).

(5h10min; 15.1 kms) Ski Resort - Zona Anayet (1.750m). A road, which is closed to traffic outside of skiing season, reaches this sizeable car park. You follow it as far as road A-136 (2 kilometres; you can avoid the first 350m by taking the skiing piste to the left). Once you reach the A-136 - puerto del Portalet road – continue right (descent, 3 kilometres) until you come to the Formigal junction (roundabout). Head up towards Formigal and go straight ahead/right at the next roundabout, leaving the village on the left.

(6h20min; 20.3 kms) Formigal (1.513m). About 300m after the roundabout, there is a path on the right (it frequently crosses the Formigal-Sallent de Gállego road) that leads you without difficulty to...

(7h05min; 23.8 kms) Sallent de Gállego (1.288m).

Where to sleep:

In Candanchú a number of auberges and hotels are open, depending on the time of year. We recommend: Apartamentos Candanchu 3000 (Tel: +34 976 10 13 32; and Albergue Aysa (Tel: +34 974 373 023;, in Somport (1km).

In Canfranc Station there are a number of hostels and hotels open depending on the time of year. We recommend Apartamentos Canfranc 3000 (Tel: +34 976 10 13 32;

In Formigal there are a number of hotels and apartments. Next to the GR11, we recommend SNO Formigal (+34 974 490 030; Very comfortable and with restaurant.

In Formigal there are a number of hotels and apartments, at a range of prices. Among the cheapest options: Hotel Villa de Sallent y Hotel Nievesol.

In Sallent de Gállego there is a wide choice of accommodation. We recommend Hostal Centro (+34 974 488 019; and Hotel Maximina (+34 619 965 458;


Between Candanchú and Jaca, there is a regular line on the Mancomunidad Alto valle del Aragón local route. You will find information on timetables on the Comarca de la Jacetania website.

To reach Sallent de Gallego, consult timetables at Alosa-avanzabus.


- Alpina: Valle de Canfranc (Scale: 1/25.000).
- SUA edizioak: Valle del Aragón (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

Selección: libros y mapas

Map of the stage