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Stage 36: Puigcerdà - Planoles.

Distance/elevation: 27,5 km / (+1.055),(-950)
Time: 7h05min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: the distance itself.
Water: you will find drinking fountains in the villages, and several streams that might be dry in summer.


(0h00min; 0 kms) Puigcerdà (1.155m). Your starting point is the train station square. The GR11 goes along Avenida dels Pirineus and then follows the road to Vilallobent as far as the N-152 road. Cross the road and continue walking along the Camí d'Age until you come to Carrer Puigcerda, a narrow road that you follow all the way to...

(0h35min; 2,4 kms) Age (1.140m). You can either turn right just before Age or left into the village. If you head into the village, about half way, there is a street to the left (Carrer Font) where you will find a drinking fountain after 50m. At the end of the village, turn left and follow the road to Vilallobent.

(0h55min; 3,9 kms) Vilallovent (1.170m). Drinking fountain in the Plaza Mayor. Leave the village on the left and take a track going in a southerly direction. Shortly after passing the last houses, leave the track and follow a path on the left (shortcut). After 10mins you join a track that springs from another track coming from Villobent, which you follow east. After 1km the track forks (right) and almost two kilometres later you take a path on the right – following the track 0.6km you would reach Vilallobent refuge - .Walk up the path for 1km, until it joins a track at a junction. Keep left (south east) and head up the track for 2kms until you leave it on a bend on the right, to reach a small grassy valley ahead. At the top you come to an area of clearings (de la Basseta) where the track comes to an end and on a small hillock you can find the border stone 500.

(2h55min; 11,2 kms) Raso de la Basseta - Mojón 500 (1.980m). This area can be confusing in foggy conditions. Head south-east to a track that starts 200m away on the edge of the trees and follow it through the forest while sticking to the border. The track soon gives way to a path. You pass a stream (it might be dry) and further ahead you pass another one (this time with a better chance of finding water). The path gives way to a track, and you climb uphill to another area of open grasslands at the...

(3h45min; 14,7 kms) Coll de la Creu de Meians (1.990m). From here you could reach Nuria – an extremely tough day’s walking – following the ridge to the east, crowned by Puigmal mountain (2,911m). Keep east, and head down to the right (south) across a small valley where you will find water until you come to a track. Follow it on the left until shortly after a junction. Ignore the track on the right on a hairpin bend and just afterwards, take a path that runs parallel to the track below for 1km (follow the path or the track). Before you come to the track, you will pass a stream. From now on you will follow the track (apart from a couple of shortcuts) until you reach...

(5h35min; 21,5 kms) Dòrria (1.520m), the highest village in Catalonia. The GR11 leaves Dòrria below on the right and follows the track straight ahead, then turns and returns to the village (taking a shortcut through the village to take water from the drinking fountainnext to the wash house is a good option). At the end of the village, where the road begins, there is a path that heads down in a northerly direction, then continues along the hillside to the east. Follow it for 4kms to a junction, where if you take the right fork you go down to Planoles, and if you go up and left, you will reach the campsite (1km) and the GR11. Keeping left, you pass a stream after 500m and another 500m later you will come to a junction, where you keep left (right to the campsite), which is the starting point of the climb and the next stage.

(7h05min; 27,5 kms) Planoles - Start of the climb (1.260m).

Where to sleep:

In Puigcerdà there is a choice of accommodation. We recommend Hostal Fonda Prat ((+34) 675 629 882 / (+34) 637 972 165; Next to the GR11. It is very clean and homely, and also has a living room, a dining room, an equipped kitchen for the use of guests and free wifi.

At the end of the stage: Camping Can Fosses. In Planoles, Cal Sadurní and Hotel Cruells.

Other services:

In Puigcerdà you will find everything you need.

In Planoles you will find a food store and the odd bar/restaurant.


To get to Puigcerdà, the bus company Alsa provides 2 bus routes: Puigcerdà-La Seu d’Urgell-Lleida and Llívia-Puigcerdà-Barcelona.

Also, Puigcerdà and Planoles are connected on the Puigcerdà-Girona bus line Autobuses Teisa (/) and by train, by the line Barcelona-Vic-Ripoll-Ribes de Freser-Planoles-La Molina-Puigcerdà-La Tor de Querol (RENFE).

TYou can also get to Planoles by bus from Ripoll courtesy of the company Autocars Mir (/).

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

Ferrino Lightec 800
Salewa Fusion Hybrid
- T.confort: +3ºC
- Peso: 760grs
- 300grs de pluma 80/20, 550cuin
- T.confort: +2ºC
- Peso: 1020grs
- 500grs de plumon hidrófobo y primaloft

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