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Stage 7: Ochagavía-Isaba

Distance/elevation: 21.1 kms / (+730 m), (-730 m)
Time: 5h25min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: medium-easy. Most of today’s walk follows tracks. The only notable difficulty is the steep descent to Isaba, which will put your knees to the test.
Water: you will not find any drinking fountains until almost the end of the stage.

(0h0min; 0 kms) Ochagavía (750m). Following the road uphill along the river Anduña, you will pass by an old building with the sign "estación patatera" (potato station). A track to the right heads steadily uphill among pine trees and boxwood to the hill tops. After 2.8 kilometres you pass an area of fields next to Juanxeberradre cottage. The track continues along the ridge, and at times the view towards Abodi is fabulous. Ignore a left-hand fork (5.3 kms), then another on the right (6.7 kms) which heads down to Ezkaroz and another one to the right (7.7 kms) before passing a bend (10 kms) where a hut in a precarious state stands over to the left.

(2h35min; 11.4 kms) Zotrapea (1.302m). The track crosses another one, which comes from the Laza pass to the north and leads to Vidángoz to the south. Soon afterwards you come out at a clearing in the woods, – the view over the Pyrenees is spectacular – you pass by Lakuaga pond (12.5 kms) and two kilometres later a crossing where you will continue straight ahead. Just after that, a track to the right leads up to Kakueta (1,583m). You continue along the track for a kilometre as far as...

(3h40min; 15.4 kms) collado de Millingrate Kakueta (1,356m), where you abandon it on a hair-pin bend. You follow the ridge to the east along open terrain, following the all-terrain tracks, as far as Saitsederra col (1,360m). The path heads back into the woods where a path emerges, taking you down the steep slope through beech forest towards the...

(5h05min; 19.7 kms) Ermita de Idoia (834m). Drinking fountain. A pleasant woodland trail takes you to Isaba. You pass another drinking fountain.

(5h25min; 21.1 kms) Isaba (790m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, in Ochagavía, there are several hotels and holiday cottages: Hotel Auñamendi , Hostal Orialde , Casa Rural Bidezarra , Casa Rural Mantxoalorra , Apartamentos Pistolo and Casa Rural Burret.

In Isaba there is a choice of accommodation. We recommend SNO Isaba (+34 948 37 00 77; and for groups Albergue Oxanea (+34 948 893 153 / 609 447 726;;), (5-9 rooms, restaurant and kitchen).

Other services:

Both in Ochagavía an Isaba you will find basic services such as a supermarket, ATM or bar-restaurant.


- Alpina: Valles de Irati y Aezkoa (Scale: 1/25,000) and Valles de Belagua y Roncal (Scale: 1/25,000).
- SUA edizioak: Belagua y Zuriza (Scale: 1/25,000).

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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