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Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Respomuso Auberge

Distance/elevation: 11.2 km / (+902),(-36)
Time: 3h15min (walking time without stopping).
Difficulty: None, other than the elevation gain.
Suggestions: You can make this stage longer by walking on to the ibones de Bachimaña shelter or the Balneario de Panticosa. See the next stage.

(0h0min; 0 kms) Sallent de Gallego (1,288m) Leave the village behind via a track that initially runs parallel to the river. After a few minutes you turn left at the crossing, where the track turns into a path and joins the road rising up to la Sarra reservoir. Follow it to the reservoir. Just before that, a narrow path emerges on the left, soon becoming a wider path, that leads you round the reservoir in about 15 minutes.

(0h55min; 3.6 kms) Tail end of la Sarra reservoir (1,420m). Entrance to the Ordesa-Viñamala biosphere reserve. On the other side there is a small car park and a bar-restaurant. You leave las Faxas bridge behind, without crossing it, and soon afterwards a leisure park (Plana Tornadizas). The path heads into the woods and rises up through Aguas Limpias valley along the right-hand bank. You cross a number of ravines; Bozitero, el Ministirio, Balsaroleta and el Garmo Negro before reaching el Paso del Onso, a narrow point with great rocky outcrops. You then pass Llano Cheto where the waters merge with those coming from Arriel ravine.

(2h00min; 7.6 kms) Crossing to the Arriel lakes (1,735m). You continue to head up the valley along the river banks, the path gets tougher, the valley opens up and you can finally make out the dam wall at Respomuso. The path passes by the Virgen de las Nievas chapel (next to the dam) and continues around the reservoir along the right-hand side.

(3h15min; 11.2 kms) Respomuso Auberge (2,200m).

Where to sleep:

In the previous stage, in Formigal (40 minutes from Sallent de Gállego) there are a number of hotels and apartments. Next to the GR11, we recommend SNO Formigal (+34 974 490 030; Very comfortable and with restaurant.

In Sallent de Gállego there is a wide choice of accommodation. We recommend Hostal Centro (+34 974 488 019; and Hotel Maximina (+34 619 965 458;

At the end of the stage is the staffed auberge of Respomuso (/).


To reach Sallent de Gallego, consult timetables at Alosa-avanzabus.

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

Selección: Piolets
Glacier Literide
320grs (50cms)
Nepal S.A.
440grs (58 cm)
Tour-X Pro
470grs (55cms)

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