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Stage 12 (Variant C.Izas): Canfranc Station - Sallent de Gállego
Alternative Main Route: Candanchú - Sallent de Gállego

Distance/elevation: 22,7 km / (+1.115m),(-1.025m)
Time: 6h40min (walking time without stopping).

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).

Where to sleep:

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; 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 Aragón Hills (+34 974 563 452; Very comfortable and with restaurant and spa.

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 / +34 678 316 670;


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.

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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