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Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Alternative - Variant GR11.5: Pte. de San Jaime - Ref. de la Renclusa and Ref. de la Renclusa - Ref. de Cap de Llauset


Distancie/elevation: 16.4 km / (+1,516m),(-361m)
Time: 6h45min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: Between the bridges at San Jaime and Coronas (10kms) you make rapid progress. The way to the latter point runs mostly along track. Once you are past the lakes at Vallibierna you enter high-mountain terrain. The path disappears, it gets tricky walking between boulders and you may come into snow at the Cuello de Vallibierna (2,710m) in early summer.
Suggestions: The Coronas free shelter is a good stopping point if you wish to shorten the stage or if you have arrived from walking longer stages.
Route/Itinerary:

(0h00min; 0kms) Puente nuevo de San Jaime (1,254m). It is 3kms from here to Benasque. Take the track that follows the left flank of the river Ésera. The track runs alongside the river to the Paso Nuevo reservoir. At the tail of the reservoir, just before Plan de Senarta, is the crossing where the variant GR11.5 (ahead), peels off from the main route (right).

(0h40min; 2.8kms) Crossing GR11.5 (1.400m). Follow the main route to the right. In 5 minutes you pass a drinking fountain. Just after it, a path to the right heads up a steep slope, which acts as a shortcut on a bend in the track.

(2h05min; 6.8kms) Refugio Pleta del Quillón (1,805m). The track continues for another 3 kilometres as far as Puente de Coronas, where there is a fishing cabin. Along the route, you will be able to get water from one of the streams you cross. A bus uses this route in the summer months, when private vehicles are not allowed access.

(3h00min; 9.9kms) Puente y Refugio de Coronas (1,980m). A small car park and fishing cabin, also known as Vallibierna, Riveretes or Coronas (good condition). Following the GR11, after 15 minutes you pass the crossing to the lakes at Coronas (3h). The Pyrenees Trail continues through pine forest, heading up the valley of Vallibierna.

(4h05min; 9.9kms) Pleta de Llosás (2,206m). The path crosses a “palanca” bridge over the ravine of Llosás. At this altitude the black pine has almost disappeared, giving way to high-mountain grasslands. Above these lie rocky terrain and the sharp ridges of the Maladeta massif and Aneto. The vistas towards Aneto (3,404m), Tempestades (3,290m), Margalida (3,241m), Pico Russel (3,207m) or Vallibierna (3,067m) to the south, are simply breathtaking. The path leaves the woodland behind and rises up alongside Vallibierna ravine.

(4h45min; 13.0kms) Entrance - Ibón bajo de Vallibierna (2,428m). You skirt it on the left. At the end of the lake you cross Vallibierna ravine, which comes down from the upper lake. The path heads into the valley on the right as the path hugs the left-hand wall where possible, thus avoiding the awkward boulder terrain.

(5h20min; 14.1kms) Ibón alto de Vallibierna (2,475m). Leave it on the left. From this point the climb gets tougher. At the very beginning, you pass a stream which may be dry depending on the time of year.

(6h00min; 15.0kms) Cuello de Vallibierna (2,710m). You begin the descent – between boulders – with the auberge visible at all times, until you reach the floor of the valley. Before you cross the river, the path forks. To the right the GR18 heads down to the village of Aneto, passing LLauset reservoir. To the left it continues to Estany del Cap de Llauset and after crossing the river you reach the...

(6h45min; 16.4kms) Refugio de Cap de Llauset (2,426m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage Camping Aneto, Camping Ixeia and Hostal Parque Natural.

In Benasque, 3km away from the route, you will find a choice of accommodation. We recommend Hotel San Antón (//) which also has a restaurant.

During the stage, at Coronas bridge, there is a shelter, which takes different names depending on the maps, called pescadores, Vallibierna, de Coronas o Riveretes (free, good condition, 10 places in bunk beds plus 5 on the floor, with radio signal).

At the end of the stage, Refugio de Cap de Llauset (/).

Where to eat:

In Benasque we recommend Rincón del Foc (//) (the restaurant of Hotel San Antón) and Mesón de Benás (//).

Other services:

Both Camping Ixeia and Camping Aneto have a supermarket where you can get basic provisions. In Benasque you can find all kinds of amenities: outdoor pursuits stores, a supermarket, ATM, bars and restaurants, etc.

Maps:

Alpina:
Parque Natural Posets Maladeta (Scale: 1/25,000)
Valle de Benasque. Aneto, Maladeta, Posets, Perdiguero (Scale: 1/40,000)
Aneto-Maladeta (Scale: 1/25,000)
Vall de Barravés Ribagorça (Scale: 1/25,000)
Prames:
Aneto-Maladeta (Scale: 1/25,000)
SUA:
Maladeta-Aneto


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
Petzl
Glacier Literide
320grs (50cms)
Grivel
Nepal S.A.
440grs (58 cm)
Salewa
Tour-X Pro
470grs (55cms)


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