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Stage 26: Refugi Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta d'Aneu

Distance/elevation: 17,4 kms / (+240m),(-1.200m).
Time: 4h45min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: no difficulty.
Agua: You will find several drinking fountains along the route.
Suggestions: it is possible to reach Jou following the variant GR11.19, via Fogueruix col (2,108m).

(0h0min;0km) Refugi Ernest Mallafré (1.950m). Go back to the track that leads to Estany de Sant Maurici (0.5kms) then continue to walk down the Escrita river valley. Your route coincides with a local walk, Ruta del Isard, that climbs up from the Prat de Pierró car park to Estany de Sant Maurici. After a few bends you reach Sant Maurici chapel (drinking fountain), which you pass on the left, then follow the track to just before the road, where you take a path on the right. You walk between the road and Escrita river, crossing a magnificent forest where fir trees prevail. At Pont de Pallers, the path crosses the road and changes sides. The contrast between the sunny slope and the shaded slope is considerable. After 7 minutes, on the right, you will see the road that leads to the Prat de Pierró car park, from where vehicle access is restricted, and 1km ahead, to the left, is the GR11.19 variant that leads to Jou via Fogueruix col (2,108m). The path continues through fields and short stretches of woodland as far as Suar bridge, where you take a little road to another bridge, which you cross, just after a fire station. After 300m you reach the medieval bridge of Espot, which you also cross, then return to the right bank of the river. You come out at the road that climbs up to Espot ski resort, and you follow it downstream, remembering not to cross the next bridge, until you reach another one in the village centre.

(2h15min; 7.7kms) Espot (1.320m). Before the bridge you will see a sign on the right indicating Estaís and Jou (GR11) ahead, via Carrer de Roca Blanca or Josep María Blanc refuge to the right (GR11.20). The path has been adapted for people with reduced mobility and is dotted with illustrative panels that add colour to the walk. After about 2 kilometres, take the path on the left that drops sharply, crosses the river and comes out by "la Mola" campsite. The path zigzags up to...

(3h10min; 11.2kms) Estaís (1.395m). There are no services in Estaís. You head to the top of the village, where a path heads up the hillside, offering magnificent vistas over Aneu valley. After 1.5kms the path comes to a road, which you follow for 2.5kms to Jou. You will reach a drinking fountain after 400m.

(4h10min; 15.3kms) Jou (1.305m). Once in the village, and heading up the first street on the left, you will come to a drinking fountain. The GR11 follows the road to the end of Jou where a path - at first a stony pathway – drops sharply across Jou ravine.

(4h45min; 17.4kms) La Guingueta d'Àneu (940m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, Refugi Ernest Mallafrè (/).

In Espot there is a choice of hotels and apartments. Among others: Hostal Casa Palmira , Casa Peret de Peretó , Casa Rural Colom or Apartaments l'Arrel.

In La Guingueta d'Aneu, the Nou Campsite has chalets.


In Espot you can find bars, restaurants, an ATM, food and sports stores with basic mountain equipment. In Estaís and Jou there is no means of getting provisions. In Guingueta d'Àneu, there are bars, restaurants and a supermarket at Nou campsite.


You can get to Espot from Sort by using the Parque de Aigües Tortes bus (Alsa). From Sort, there are bus connections with Lleida and Barcelona (Alsa). There are also connections between Sort and La Seu d'Urgell with the taxi firm Passem el Cantó (). There is a daily public service (2 trips per day). You can also get the train to La Pobla de Segur (RENFE) from Lleida and Barcelona and then take the bus.

Activities in the area:

La Noguera Pallaresa is paradise for white-water sports enthusiasts. A number of companies have sprung up in the area where you can hire whatever you need. In La Guingueta d'Àneu, a short route along the banks of the reservoir shows you a number of bunkers built in 1939 (line P).

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

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