(0h00min; 0.0kms) Refugio de Góriz (2,200m). A number of trails head out in all directions from this point. The GR11 heads in an easterly direction, leaving the weather station on the right, and continues up the hillside to Arrablo or Góriz pass, between Punta Custodia (2,519m) and Morrón de Arrablo (2,792m).
(0h45min; 2.0kms) Collado de Arrablo (2,343m). There are two alternative routes at this point: either via Faja de las Olas (GR11.9) or via Fuen Blanca. On this occasion you are opting for Faja de las Olas. Walk up the left-hand path (NE) below Morrón de Arrablo up to Faja de las Olas, a terrace in the middle of the wall that allows you to skirt round the Punta de las Olas. You cross several streams before reaching this point. The Faja is the place where things start to get difficult, and begins at the point where you reach the outcrop coming down from Punta de las Olas, which is also where you can make out Añisclo pass for the first time. The path progresses along a sheer incline that, although it presents few difficulties, can become dangerous if conditions are not favourable.
(2h15min; 5.6kms) First section of chains (2,687m). The terrace is briefly interrupted, as the GR11 climbs to the left via a corridor as far as a small ledge. When the channel is covered with snow you climb further up to the left using the chain. You make it over the ledge (3m), the key passage across the Faja, with the assistance of the chain. You continue towards the next equipped area, a steep plate that you pass with the help of a towline. This is possibly the most exposed passage.
(2h25min; 5.7kms) End of difficulties (2,687m). You constantly pass streams to the end of the Faja. You will be well-advised to fill up with water here, as you will not get another chance to do so until half-way down the descent to Pineta (1h30). The path, no longer difficult, takes you down to the Maquis pass (2,456m), skirts round Punta del Valle (2,501m) and heads on to the...
(3h10min; 7.6kms) Collado de Añisclo (2,453m). Ahead of you awaits what is probably the toughest descent of the whole GR11 (1,200 metres in 2.5 kilometres). In 25 minutes you pass a stream and 25 minutes later you come to a...
(4h00min; 8.7kms) drinking fountain (2,000m). After five minutes you pass a fork to the left that leads to Pineta cirque via Faja de la Tormosa. You head into the woods. The path veers right in a southeasterly direction. You pass a stream. The trickiest part of the descent is ahead of you, as you will need to clamber over a series of ledges. You pass a couple more streams before reaching Las Inglatas, where there is a crossing which takes you to the auberge in Pineta, either via Pradera de Pineta (1h10min), or in a much shorter time, by crossing the river without a bridge (10 minutes). River permitting, you should go for the shorter option to get to the...
(6h00min; 11.7kms) Refugio de Pineta (1,240m).
In Bielsa (12kms from Pineta) there is a wide choice of accommodation. We recommend Casa Raspa (+34 974 501 006 / +34 619 717 993; firstname.lastname@example.org). Affordable 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.
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.
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).
|- 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|