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Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarze)
Alternative - Variant GR11.4: Isaba - Zuriza (por Ezkaurre)


Distance/elevation: 11,2 km / (+560),(-80)
Time: 3h00min (walking time without stops).

Difficulty: Easy stage. Recommended in winter, in bad weather conditions or if you are considering a double stage in conjunction with the next one.

Route/Itinerary:

(0h0min; 0kms) Isaba (790m). On the NA-137 road that crosses Isaba, walk down a cobbled street on the right, at the end of a kind of park/viewing platform with benches and a phone booth. The Pyrenees trail leaves the last houses behind and drops down towards Belabarze ravine before coming to a track coming from Isaba. The landscape is overshadowed by the rocky outcrop of Ezkaurre Txikia. Keep walking ahead along the track.

(0h35min; 2.4kms) Ateas de Belabarze Pass (860m). The track divides, as does the GR. To the right is the variant GR11.4 via Ezkaurre , but you go straight on through the ravine. You cross the Ateas pass and follow the uphill track for a little more than a kilometre until, on a bend, the GR11 forks left then heads on through dense woodland as it winds its way up the ravine.

(1h35min; 4.6kms) Belabarze Valley (1.000m). The terrain is much gentler here, and the whole of the valley floor is dotted with farm cottages and fields for grazing herds. Parallel to the path, on the left, runs the NA-2000 road that joins Isaba and Zuriza. The GR crosses the stream - you leave it on your left – and steadily heads up the valley almost to the end where you tackle a short climb that leads you to...

(2h40min; 9.6kms) Argibiela col or Navarros Pass (1.290m), where you rejoin the road and the variant GR11.4 via Ezkaurre. You are leaving Navarra and entering Aragón. A gentle downhill walk with your eyes on the road leads you effortlessly to the end of your stage at...

(3h00min; 11,2 kms) Zuriza Campsite (1.220m).

Where to sleep?

In Isaba there is a wide choice of places to stay. We recommend Hostal Lola (//) (welcoming, family atmosphere, with a restaurant), and Hotel HG Isaba (//) which also offers apartments with 1-2 rooms, a café-restaurant and access to the municipal indoor swimming pool next door.

In Zuriza there is the Zuriza Campsite-Auberge (/). Below the campsite there is an open shelter (2 floors, reasonable condition).

Other services:

In Isaba you will find a supermarket, an ATM machine and several bars and restaurants.

Zuriza Campsite has a bar-restaurant as well as a store.

Maps:

- Alpina: Valles de Belagua y Roncal (Scale: 1/25.000).
- SUA edizioak: Belagua y Zuriza (Scale: 1/25.000).

Transport:

There are buses running from Pamplona to Isaba, with La Tafallesa () bus company.

To get to Zuriza from Ansó you can get a taxi, based centrally in Jaca ().

To get to Ansó, there are buses from Jaca, via Hecho and Siresa ().


Perfil de la etapa

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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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