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Stage 18: Pineta - Parzán

Distance/elevation: 20.4 km / (+1060),(-1.150)
Time: 7h (walking time without stops).

Difficulty: none, other than the distance and the elevation gain and loss.


(0h00min; 0,0kms) Refugio de Pineta (1240m). You rejoin the path and head upstream alongside the river Zinca and the road towards the end of the valley. After linking up with a track, you reach an old camping area (no longer allowed), below Pineta cirque. Cross over a bridge and follow the road to the...

(0h50min; 3,2kms) Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Pineta (1283m) (next to the Parador Nacional de Turismo). At the foot of the chapel, by a (dry) drinking fountain, the GR11 path appears. The path rises up through beech forest until it comes to a track. You take a short cut on the bends, then reach the...

(1h35min; 4,6kms) Llanos de La Larri (1.575m). the view over the Circo de Pineta is spectacular.

Los llanos de la Larri is an area of grasslands where cattle graze undisturbed. It is a hanging valley formed by a glacier that spouted its icy waters onto Pineta cirque, which is occupied by an even grander glacier.

The track ends here, and to the right you can see La Larri shelter (7 places, free). From the shelter you can make out the outline of the path that leads up the left-hand side of the mountain and heads into a pine forest. The terrain becomes steeper and there are a number of courses, leading to doubts over which one to follow. The path changes direction (south-east), leaves the forest behind and continues steadily through open countryside, as if you were walking along some kind of balcony. After a climb you reach a track, which you cross, and continue uphill (shortcut). The track gives way to a path, which you follow over grasslands (Plana Fonda), where you will find a drinking fountain. At the end of the plain the path turns left and faces the climb to the...

(3h40min; 9,1kms) Collado de las Coronetas o de Pietramula (2.159m). The path now drops down through fields as far as a bridge, where it joins a track that runs the length of the valley above the river Real, encased between the Secreta de Chemenas, to the north, and the Sierra de Espierba, to the south. The GR11 follows the track (where you will come across a few farmers’ cabins) all the way to...

(5h45min; 17,1kms) Chisagüés (1.400m). You continue by road until you almost reach Parzán, when at a hairpin bend a PR trail leads you directly to the centre of the village. If you choose to stick to the road, you will reach the main road, where the GR11 continues to Ordizeto. You stop in...

(6h35min; 20,3kms) Parzán (1.130m)

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, you have the Refugio de Pineta ().

During the stage there are a few cabins in poor condition. At La Larri you have a shelter/cabin (free, 7 places, door off its hook). On the track down to Chisagüés there are a number of farmers’ cabins.

At the end of the stage, in Parzán, there are several options for spending the night.

In Bielsa (12kms from Pineta) 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.

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 (//).


Pineta mountain refuge is accessible by road from Bielsa (12kms). The road continues another 2kms until it reaches the chapel of Nª Sª de Pineta and the Parador Nacional. There are no bus services to this point, so the best option is to take a taxi.

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).

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

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 (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

Selección: GPS de montaña
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eTrex 30x
eTrex 20x

Map of the stage