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Stage 27: La Guingueta d'Àneu - Estaon

Distance/elevation: 11,6 kms / (+1.290m),(-980m).
Time: 4h25min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: the elevation. After Dorve the way can be a bit confusing.
Water: fill up in Dorve for the rest of the stage.

(0h0min;0km) La Guingueta d'Àneu (940m). Next to some information panels you take the small road that leads to Dorve. Cross Torrassa reservoir, which gets its water from La Noguera Pallaresa, and keep going until after about 700-800m, you leave the tarmac and take a path on the left that heads up relentlessly to...

(1h00min; 2.6kms) Dorve (1.395m). You should make the most of your chance to fill up with water at the drinking fountain here, as you will not find any more until almost at the end of the stage. Leaving Dorve behind you, the way becomes a little confusing and you will see cairns heading in all directions. About 100m above the village, you will see a wooden post that has been erected quite recently (at least it was in 2013) that indicates left. Paying no attention to this, you veer right until you come to a flat path, which you follow to the right (east) in search of the red and white markings. The climb is direct, across rocky terrain, through scrub vegetation typical of sunny slopes. When you reach the top of the hill the panorama changes, and you head into a forest of fir trees, where the path becomes gentler and clearer. After reaching the first col, you veer left and head on up to the next col.

(2h45min; 6.4kms) Collado de Lo Caubo (2.220m). At this point the path veers sharply to the left and begins a steep drop through pine forest. Further below, scrub becomes more prevalent and you will see a number of diversions leading to the different farmsteads dotted around this area. When you are approaching Estaon, deep in the forest, you pass Palau shelter (in ruins, with a drinking fountain) on your right. As you continue downhill, the view over the valley opens out, although you will not see Estaon until you are virtually on top of it.

(4h25min; 11.6kms) Estaon (1.530m).

Where to sleep:

In La Guingueta d'Aneu, the Nou Campsite has chalets available.


In Guingueta d'Àneu, there are bars, restaurants and a supermarket at Nou campsite. At Nou campsite you will find a supermarket. If you need to do some shopping the closest place is Ribera de Cardós (7kms), where there is a small shop that only opens in summer. Otherwise, your next chance is Tavascan, at the end of the next stage.


You can get to Espot from Sort by using the Parque de Aigües Tortes bus (Alsa). There are no bus services to Estaon, the nearest stop is in Ribera de Cardós, with the company Seveis Turistics Gabriel (). From Sort, there are bus connections with Lleida and Barcelona (Alsa). There are also connections between Sort and La Seu d'Urgell with the taxi firm Passem el Cantó (). There is a daily public service (2 trips per day). You can also get the train to La Pobla de Segur (RENFE) from Lleida and Barcelona and then take the bus.

Activities in the area:

La Noguera Pallaresa is paradise for white-water sports enthusiasts. A number of companies have sprung up in the area where you can hire whatever you need. In La Guingueta d'Àneu, a short route along the banks of the reservoir shows you a number of bunkers built in 1939 (line P).

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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