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)
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.
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).
|- 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|