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Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú


Distance/elevation: 16,3 km / (+1.045), (-1.002)
Time: 5h25min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: in snow, pay particular attention to the Paso de la Oreja.
Water: there are several points along the way where you can fill up with water. The main ones are indicated in the description. Take care with the presence of cattle as far as d'o Bozo col.

Route/Itinerary:

(0h0min; 0kms) Lizara auberge (1.540m). Take the path that crosses the Lizara plain. Leave the Chorrota waterfall (usually dry) to the left at the end of the plain and keep on walking uphill as far as Napazal cabin (used by shepherds) to the furthest point you can reach by all-terrain vehicle. The GR11 continues to the left alonfg a path that enters Napazal ravine on the right-hand side. In summertime, water is available sporadically.

(1h20min; 3.3kms) Bozo Col (1.995m). You abandon the variant GR11.1 which drops down to Plana de Izagra, and follow the uphill path on the left, skirting the mountain, below Punta Alta de Napazal (2,363m). The path enters (n) the valley of Ribereta d'o Bozo, below the limestone crags of Sierra de Bernera on one side and Llena del Bozo on the other. A handrail is at hand to assist with crossing a rocky stretch. Even though you might find the river course at this point is dry, you are much more likely to find it carrying water  the further you head up towards the col. At the Foya de Aragües the valley opens up and changes direction (E).

(2h30min; 6.3kms) Esper Col / Aísa Pass (2.262m). The view towards the Central Pyrenees is spectacular. Midi d'Ossau, Balaitús and Vertice Anayet all stand out on the horizon. The path descends markedly towards the cirque of Aspe (300m in 1km), dominated by Llana del Bozo (2,559m), Llana de la Garganta (2,599m) and Aspe (2,645m). Almost at the end, a line is at hand to assist with the steepest section, el Paso de la Oreja –a grassy strip suspended above a series of crags whose folding strata in an anticline shape are reminiscent of the shape of an ear. Following the cairns, you cross the base of the cirque and begin the last uphill section of the stage. Right at the start you will find a trickle of water, as well as a little runoff water on the right-hand walls. The GR11 climbs up along the hillside over rocky terrain, then turns right (s) and crosses a chaos of boulders before emerging at the ski slopes in Candanchú.

(3h50min; 9.7kms) Tuca Blanca Pass (2.228m). There is a track and a chairlift from the resort leading up to this point. Following the track, in no time you reach the…...

(4h15min; 11.2kms) Tortiellas Pass (1.976m). Below on the right there is a hose where you can get a little water. Although it is possible to walk straight down from the col to Candanchú via the ski piste,the GR11 follows the path (e), skirting Tobazo. You pass a shelter (rubbish dump) and then a detour which you leave on the right before crossing the...

(4h25min; 12.1kms) Pastor Pass (1.968m). A little lower down you reach another col with various resort infrastructures, from where you can make out the Aragón valley and the twisting path that takes you to Candanchú.

(5h25min; 16.3kms) Candanchú (1.565m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage,  Refugio de Lizara (/) (staffed, half and full-board, with bar, accessible by road).

During the stage, between Tortiellas pass and the Pastor pass, there is a shelter-rubbish dump. In any case it could be used as a place of shelter if there is a storm.

In Candanchú a number of auberges and hotels are open, depending on the time of year. Albergue el Aguila, Refugio Pepe Garcés (), Albergue Valle del Aragón (), Hotel Candanchú or Hotel Tobazo among others.

If you decide to make this stage longer and the next stage shorter (7h), or go for the Canal de Izas, variant, we recommend walking another 4kms to Hotel Santa Cristina (//). Located by the road to France (km 669), between Canal Roya and Canal de Izas, it has a spa, restaurant and a bar where breakfast is served.

Transport:

Between Candanchú and Jaca, there is a regular line on the Mancomunidad Alto valle del Aragón local route. You will find information on timetables on the Comarca de la Jacetania website.


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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