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Stage 17: Góriz - Pineta

Distance/elevation: Via Faja deras Solas: 11.7 kms / (+760),(-1.700). Via Fuen Blanca: 13 kms / (+1.140),(-1.970).
Time: 7h (walking time without stops) via Faja deras Solas; 9h (walking time without stops) via Fuen Blanca

Difficulty: there is a steep final descent (1,200m) to reach Pineta mountain refuge. The route via Faixa deras Solas is exposed and hazardous in adverse conditions. It should be avoided if snow or ice are present, or even on wet ground. Take the alternative via Fuen Blanca.


(0h00min; 0,0kms) Refugio de Góriz (2200m). A number of trails set out in all directions from the refuge. You take the south-easterly path that climbs gently and passes the meteorological station, along the mountainside towards Collado de Arrablo or Góriz, between Punta Custodia (right) and Monte Perdido massif.

(0h45min; 2,0kms) Collado de Arrablo (2343m). You have two options at this point:

- Via Faixa deras Solas. This is the more difficult option. There are a few aerial passages that, although equipped with lines, would be best avoided in snowy or adverse weather conditions. Climb towards the left in a north-easterly direction, below Morrón de Arrablo as far as Faixa deras Solas (Faja de las Olas), a terrace in the middle of the wall, along which you walk round Punta de las Olas. Almost at the end, there is a break in the wall, and you climb without difficulty a section equipped with a chain, then you head to another more hazardous downhill section of stone slabs, also equipped with a chain. The path now descends effortlessly towards Los Maquis col (2,456m), skirts Punta del Valle (2,501m) and heads on to Collado de Añisclo.

- Via Fuen Blanca. This option is longer and has a greater elevation (-660/+770), but you gain in safety. You need to descend through the Barranco de Arrablo ravine until you reach Fuen Blanca (1,680m), just on the section above Cañon de Añisclo, then climb up the valley formed by the river Bellos.

(Fuenblanca: 4h50min; 9,2kms. Faja: 3h10min; 7,6kms) Collado de Añisclo (2453m). You are about to face one of the steepest descents along the Pyrenees Trail – 1,200m in just 3.5kms – that takes you to the base of Pineta cirque. You will be able to fill up with water once you reach Barranco de la Solana.

(Fuenblanca: 7h40min; 13,3kms. Faja: 6h00min; 11,7kms)Refugio de Pineta (1240m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning 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 we recommend you book well in advance.

At the end of the stage you have the Refugio de Pineta ().

During the stage, along the variant via Fuen Blanca you have the Capradiza free shelter and the Fuen Blanca cabin.

In Bielsa (12kms from Pineta) there is a wide choice of accommodation. We recommend Hostal Matazueras (//) , which has a restaurant, and offers discounts to GR11 walkers. They pick you up and bring you back the next day.

Other services:

In Bielsa you will find a supermarket, pharmacy, butcher’s, cobbler’s, health centre or ATM. There are also a number of eateries. We recommend Bar-Restaurante Pineta (//).


Góriz mountain refuge is only accessible on foot. The most common starting point is Pradera de Ordesa (private vehicles are not allowed access in summer. A bus service runs from Torla all day long).

Pineta mountain refuge is accessible by road from Bielsa (12kms). The road continues another 2kms until it reaches the chapel of Nª Sª de Pineta and the Parador Nacional. There are no bus services to this point, so the best option is to take a taxi.

Taxis: in Bielsa, Taxis 4x4 Bielsa (/).

Buses: there is a bus service that operates from Bielsa to Ainsa (in July and August, one per day in the morning, returning in the afternoon/evening; the rest of the year M/W/F).

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 (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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Salewa Fusion Hybrid
- T.confort: +3ºC
- Peso: 760grs
- 300grs de pluma 80/20, 550cuin
- T.confort: +2ºC
- Peso: 1020grs
- 500grs de plumon hidrófobo y primaloft

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