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Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa

Distance/elevation: 13.9 km / (+745),(-1,260)
Tiempo: 5h30min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: This stage covers high mountain terrain (frequent snow, unstable scree…). There may be snow on Tebarray col until August or September. For the last 50 metres the gradient hits about 40º, so an ice axe would be recommended. In wintery conditions, the access route to Respomuso auberge could be highly susceptible to avalanches.
Water: During the stage you will pass several streams and lakes where you can fill up with water.
Suggestions: If you decide to organise the stages differently, you could spend the night at the new Ibones de Bachimaña shelter. An alternative to this stage is, once you reach the Bachimaña Alto lake/reservoir, keep walking via the Bramatuero lakes, cross the Letrero Col, and pass the Los Batanes lakes on the way down to Ara, where you join the main route of the next stage in route to Bujaruelo. Another alternative is to make the previous stage longer as far as Bachimaña shelter and the next day, join the following stage along the pipeline path, avoiding the need to walk all the way down to Panticosa spa.

(0h0min; 0 kms) Refugio de Respomuso (2,200m). There is a drinking fountain right next to it. The trail continues in an easterly direction towards the Campo Plano reservoir. Turn left to cross the river and head south-south west following the valley that opens out to the right of the peaks of Campo Plano (2,721) and Llena Cantal (2,941), easily recognised for its pyramid silhouette. The path heads across fields as far as the...

(1h25min; 3.4 kms) Ibón de Llena Cantal (2,427m), and then past rocky terrain and ice depending on the time of year. The last part is rugged, and you will need to clamber on several occasions (there is cable to hand, and an ice-axe is recommended in the presence of snow) on your way to the...

(2h15min; 4.6 kms) Collado de Tebarray or Piedrafita (2,771m). The path runs along the left-hand slope skirting Tebarray lake to the Cuello de L’Infierno (5min; 2,721m), below the Picos del Infierno (3,082m), both of which can be climbed from the col. You commence your descent down the Barranco de Piedrafita, - opposite, in the distance, you will make out the hulking mass of Vignemale- along which runs a water course to the Ibones Azules (metal cabin, in precarious condition). You leave it on the right and continue down towards the Bachimaña Alto lake.

(3h30min; 8.3kms) GR-T 24 link (2,212m). Shortly before the lake-reservoir you reach the crossing that links the GR11 with the GR10 via the Transversal 24 path over the Marcadau pass. Keep to the right, crossing the river, and continue along the path that skirts the reservoir. Once past the dam, another smaller one appears below, belonging to Ibón Baxo de Bachimaña, where you will find the...

(4h05min; 10.0kms) crossing to Bachimaña shelter – dam (2,175m). The path zigzags down the Cuesta del Fraile, across which waters from the river Caldarés come crashing down at the popular Salto del Fraile. Once you reach the bottom, you cross a reasonably flat area where you can get water from any one of the streams that come from the wall on the right. The valley narrows, there are various sections equipped with cables, which are useful in winter. You continue your descent among pine trees, you pass the Llano de O Bozuelo – a peaceful spot and starting point for those descending the Caldarés ravine – and take on the final descent to the...

(5h30min; 13.3kms) Balneario de Panticosa (1,640m). Hotel complex, spa, mountain hostel, souvenir shop, etc.

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage you have the Respomuso auberge (/).

During the stage you can stop at the Ibones de Bachimaña shelter (/). There are also a few cabins along the route. There is a small cabin at the blue lakes (precarious condition) and another small one on the north bank of the Bachimaña Alto reservoir (acceptable condition, a 30mins detour).

At the end of the stage, at the Panticosa spa, you have the Casa de Piedra auberge (/). It has a bar, food service and a free kitchen. If it’s luxury you are looking for, you can always stay at the Gran Hotel.


There are no bus services to the Balneario de Panticosa. The nearest option is the village of Panticosa, which is 7.3kms away (Alosa-avanzabus bus company).

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

Frontal Petzl reactik
Recargable o reemplazable por caja de pilas
MAX POWER: 220 lumenes

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