Difficulty: The route itself is logical. However, the sparse waymarking at the end of the ascent and its practical absence on the descent requires you to pay extra attention and exercise a good sense of direction.
(0h0min; 0 kms) Canfranc-Station (1.197m). Cross Canfranc-station (towards France) and walk along the road as far as a track that crosses the river Aragón on the right and heads towards the...
(0h40min; 2.5 kms) Coll de Ladrones (1.338m). You leave the Coll de Ladrones fortress on your left and follow the track (5') until shortly before reaching a small reservoir where there is a path to the right.
Those of you who are walking this variant from Candanchú or are heading in that direction will have to cross a small footbridge below the aforementioned reservoir and follow paths (westerly direction) that have been formed by cattle, towards the collar that lies just opposite the Coll de Ladrones fortress (0.5kms). At this point, the path turns right, passes below the power line and heads downhill along a well-trodden path until it joins the Camino de Santiago, which it follows all the way to Candanchú. See stage via Canal Roya
The path suddenly gets steeper – you cross an area of unstable scree known as la Cantalera – until it eventually opens out onto the valley, at which point you leave the trees behind and the slope becomes much gentler.
(2h05min; 6.4 kms) Refugio de Iserías (1.700m). You continue to head up the valley on the left-hand side (20'), watching out for when the markings indicate you need to cross the river. You then head towards the path a few metres above, along the other side of the river. In 20 minutes you pass alongside a farm building, where the terrain is a little confusing, although Izas col is clearly distinguishable thanks to some posts belonging to Formigal ski resort. The path climbs, generally towards the left, crosses the las Negras stream and skirts the basin that opens out below Pico Culivillas – with its reddish colours – to finally reach the...
(3h55min; 10.9 kms) Collado de Izas (2.224m), also reached by the ski pistes from the other side. Follow the track, joined by another one heading up to Lapazuso col, and a little lower down, you leave the igloo (bar) on the left. The track flattens out – don’t walk down to the car park – and at a crossing, take the path on the right that leads up after a few metres to some ski resort structures.
(5h00min; 14.9 kms) Zona Cantal (1.875m). Follow the track that leads you straight down to the Portalet road (Sextas car park). Once on the A-136 road, at the roundabout, take the road that climbs up to Formigal and go straight ahead/right at the next roundabout, leaving the village on the left.
(6h00min; 19.4 kms) Formigal (1.521m). 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...
(6h40min; 22.7 kms) Sallent de Gállego (1.288m).
In Canfranc Station there are a number of hostels and hotels open depending on the time of year. We recommend Albergue Río Aragón (Tel: (+34) 608 229 576 / (+34) 974 373 150; firstname.lastname@example.org). Double rooms and shared rooms with private bathroom and an equipped kitchen for the use of guests.
In Formigal there are a number of hotels and apartments. Next to the GR11, we recommend SNO Formigal (+34 974 490 030; email@example.com). Very comfortable and with restaurant.Transport:
Between Canfranc-Estación 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.
You can also get here by train from Huesca and Zaragoza. RENFE
To reach Sallent de Gallego, consult timetables at Alosa-avanzabus.
|- 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|