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Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós Auberge


Distance/elevation: 21.7 km / (+1580),(-1.000)
Time: 6h15min (walking time without stops).

Difficulty: Medium-low, despite the elevation and distance. The climb follows a track, and the descent via a path is pretty comfortable. The route is well waymarked.

Route/Itinerary:

(0h0min;0km) Parzán (1130m). You head up the road towards France/Bielsa tunnel. After 1.5kms a signal in the road indicates: "Lago Urdiceto 11". Take the signalled track that rises east (coinciding with the unmarked ARP). After 8.5kms you reach Urdiceto dam and power station, and here you take the shortcut to come out again at the track, which you follow (1km) until you come to another shortcut (right), which leads you up to the...

(3h; 11kms) Collado de Urdiceto (2314m). To the south lies Punta Suelza (2,972m), and hidden behind the hillock, the lake-reservoir of Urdiceto. Following the path close to the col, you come to Urdiceto cabin (in good condition). Walk along the flat for a few metres before taking on the long descent. After 1.5kms the track changes valleys (Barranco Montarruegos) and 2.5kms later it passes by Sallena cabin (poor condition, without a roof) where it becomes a path. Little by little you head into the forest, you pass Lisier cabin (good condition, 2kms from the previous one) and come out at a track. Follow it downhill towards the far end of the Valle de Chistau (river Zinqueta) at which point you join another one coming from San Juan de Plan that is open to traffic.

(5h30min; 19.1kms) Track – end of the descent (1540m). Keep left along this new track, until you reach Es Plans, an open field where you come to the Virgen Blanca chapel and camp as well as the Forcallo campsite. Shortly afterwards, you leave the track and head up a shortcut to the...

(6h15min; 21,7kms) Refugio de Biadós (1760m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, in Parzán, there are several options for spending the night. In Bielsa (3kms from Parzán) there is a wide choice of accommodation. We recommend Hostal Matazueras (//) , which has a restaurant, and offers discounts to GR11 walkers. They pick you up and bring you back the next day.

During the stage, at Urdiceto col, lies Urdiceto free shelter (built in 2009, in good condition, 2 rooms, 8 places occupying floor space). On the way down to Chistau valley there are two more shelters, Sallena cabin (in ruins) and Lisier cabin, some 40mins down the track to San Juan de Plan (1,760m, 4 places, stove, firewood and water nearby). Close to the end of the stage, you have Es Plans shelter (free, 25 places, in good condition) and El Forcallo campsite.

At the end of the stage, Refugio de Biadós (/).

Other services:

In Parzán, next to the petrol station, there is a bar-restaurant and a supermarket selling all kinds of equipment, fruit and food for stove cooking.

In Bielsa you will find other services such as a supermarket, pharmacy, butcher’s, cobbler’s, health centre or ATM. There are also a number of eateries. We recommend Bar-Restaurante Pineta (//).

Transport:

There is a bus service that operates between Bielsa and Ainsa (in July and August, one per day in the morning, returning in the afternoon/evening; the rest of the year M/W/F).

Biadós auberge is accessible by car via a 10km track between San Juan de Plan and Gistain.

The best way to get around in this area is by taxi, from Bielsa: Taxis 4x4 Bielsa (/).


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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