Difficulty: medium-easy. This is not a long stage and the paths are generally comfortable for walking. Waymarking is good, and except for the ascent from Sorogain to Mendiaundi in foggy conditions, you will have no difficulty following the markings for this stage.
If we look at the profile of this stage, we could split it into two sections. The first one passes through beech forests. It begins at Urkiaga Pass, skirts round the Adi peak and drops down through the gully from Odia to Sorogain. The second part crosses grazing pastureland, climbs to the top of Mendiaundi and follows a track almost all the way down to Burguete.
(0h0min; 0 kms) Urkiaga Pass (912m). Taking Urkiaga Pass as your starting point, you take the track going east, although you soon leave it and take a short cut. You will see a succession of bunkers on the way up, before you reach Adipe col (1185m), set among pine trees below the imposing mass of Adi. Cross the barbed-wire fence, and walk on the level around Adi on its north face. If you feel the urge, you could climb to the top and then walk down to Aratún col (1210m), by following the fence. At Aratún col GR 11 and GR 12 split again, the latter continuing along the ridge. You turn south and begin a steep descent down Odia ravine, which is covered by a spectacular beech forest. The descent becomes gentler, you begin to pass a few clearings, then you follow a river until you reach a narrow road. Walk alongside the road, following the river, in open countryside. You have arrived at...
(2h10min; 7,4 kms) Sorogain (830m). Sorogain auberge is open almost all year long, and has a café. Beyond this point the walk gets tougher, the terrain is more exposed and markings are less visible. After about 25 minutes you come to a track (8.7kms; 1070m), which you follow for one kilometre then leave on a bend, to follow the barbed-wire fence. The fence takes a sudden turn to the left, in a northerly direction, and you follow it. You have almost reached the summit of...
(3h30min; 10,7 kms) Mendiaundi (1.210m), crowned by a post box. The threat of a silica quarry, potentially destroying this area, looms large here – we can only wait to see what happens. Follow the fencing on a steep downhill stretch until you come to a track which takes you to the Dos Puentes col. It’s a long walk down to Burguete, the path eventually becomes a wide track, follows the Xuringoa gully and in the end, shares the route with the Camino de Santiago.
(5h05min; 17,5 kms) Burguete/Auritz (890m).
At the beginning of the stage, no accommodation is available at the Urkiaga Pass. The best options for sleeping under a roof are Hostal Arrobi Borda (//) and Hostal Etxeberri (//). The Arrobi-borda is located 7kms from Urkiaga Pass, on the way to Eugui, on the crossroads with the road that goes to Irurita. It stands in natural surroundings, within the Quinto Real forest, is a traditional farmhouse and also boasts a restaurant. Etxeberri is located in Eugi, 11kms from Urkiaga Pass. It is built in a traditional style and has a bar-restaurant. They offer walkers the option of collecting them in Urkiaga, and returning them the next day.
At the end of the stage, in Burguete: Hotel Loizu.Where to eat? Maps:
- SUA edizioak: Orreaga (Scale: 1/25.000).
Transport: Buses do not run to Urkiaga Pass. The best way is to take the bus to Eugui, and from there to take a taxi. Some hostels in Eugui co-ordinate transport for walkers from the Pass (see accommodation). Both Eugui-Pamplona and Burguete-Pamplona connections are operated by the Autocares Artieda (/) bus company.
|- 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|