Difficulty: Hard, not recommended in winter – crampons required in the descent/ascent to Zuriza
(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. One option is straight ahead through Ateas pass via Belabarze Valley. To the right, as we are about to explain, you have the variant GR11.4 which climbs to Ezkaurre. The GR11.4 continues through Berroeta ravine until it emerges from it and takes on, to the south, the steep slopes of Mendikosanz. Once you reach the top, in open terrain, follow the ridge and to the north skirt round Itoleta or Punta del Trozo (1769m) and leave Alto Solano de Ezkaurre (1712m) on your left before reaching...
(3h20min; 11.2kms) Ezkaurre Lake (1.675m), below the rocky outcrop. You reach the summit ridge by following the narrow channel between scree and boulders. At the top, keep right (east) and reach the nearby summit of...
(4h25min; 12.6kms) Ezkaurre (2.050m). The GR11 drops down towards Abizondo col (1641m), via the north face (difficult in wintry conditions, crampons required). Beyond the col, the path enters the beech forest – the steep slopes give you no respite – and you will soon reach...
(5h45min; 16.1kms) Argibiela col or Navarros Pass (1.290m), where you will meet the road that joins Isaba and Zuriza, as well as the GR11 (por Belabare). 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...
(6h05min; 17,7 kms) Zuriza Campsite (1.220m).
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: 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 ().
|- 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|