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Stage 17v (GR11.9): Góriz - Pineta (via Faja de las Olas)
Alternative - Main Route: Góriz-Pineta (via Fuenblanca)

Distance/elevation: 11.7kms / (+548m),(-1,470m).
Time: 6h00min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: the route via Faja de las Olas (GR11.9) is spectacular and makes savings both in time and elevation. This variant is, however, only to be recommended in favourable weather conditions without ice or snow and, of course, by mountaineers who do not suffer too easily from a fear of heights. The main difficulties are centred on three points. A horizontal traverse along a very narrow path on a steep incline - dangerous in icy or snowy conditions -, a section of corridor with a small ledge at the end that has to be climbed (equipped with a chain) and a steep plate that you need to get down (equipped with a cable). As a test, if in the previous stage you have climbed the Clavijas de Soaso, the Faja de las Olas, although different, should not be a problem.Away from the Faja, the final decent from Añisclo pass to Pineta is probably the toughest of the whole GR11 trail.
Water: You will pass several streams throughout the stage.
Suggestions: The main GR11 route is the toughest but also the safest and is also a spectacular walk.

(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).

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 (exclusively online). Book by phone only last minute reservations. There is the option of camping around the refuge between sunset and sunrise. From 2022, the capacity is limited to 50 people per day See conditions

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

In Bielsa (12kms from Pineta) there is a wide choice of accommodation. We recommend Casa Raspa (+34 974 501 006 / +34 619 717 993;; See map). Affordable and offers discounts to GR11 walkers. They pick you up and bring you back the next day.

Where to eat:

In Bielsa, We recommend Restaurante Hotel Monte Perdido (+34 974 501 006 / +34 619 717 993;; See map).

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.

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
- 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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