In 2019 we are running this trip for a minimum of 2 people on the dates of your choosing between mid-July and mid-October. Only for strong hikers with proven trekking experience! We can also offer a guided version if you’re not sure of your abilities.
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Best Of The Gr-11 – Hiking In the Best of the Central Spanish Pyrenees
Spain’s GR-11 is a fantastic long-distance trail of almost 850 km., running along the southern side of the Pyrenees ‑ the massive natural boundary between France and Spain ‑ from the Bay of Biscay in the Atlantic to the sunny Mediterranean Sea (or vice-versa). We have selected the most attractive stages of the route, hikes taking you through the highest mountains of the entire range, located in the Central Massif of the province of Huesca in the former kingdom of Aragón.
An endless succession of green meadows, rocky limestone summits, verdant forests and mountain lakes comprise some of the most spectacular and remote terrain in Western Europe. Available overnight accommodations are a mix of mountain huts and hotels or inns in ancient villages steeped in traditional culture and fascinating history.
We can offer this trip as either guided or self-guided and in custom versions of fewer or more days to suit the needs of different travelers.
Below is our standard 8 day 7 night hut trip.
ACCOMMODATIONS: in order to do any of the best sections of the GR-11, it is necessary to sleep at least 1 of every 2 nights in a mountain hut. See our description of what a Pyrenean mountain hut is like in our FAQ’s.
GUIDED VS. SELF-GUIDED: This route crosses serious mountain terrain. Only do this self-guided if you are experienced hikers in real mountains and competent with mountain navigation skills. Otherwise, we recommend a private mountain guide. Consult us!
8 Days, 7 Nights
Torla. Accessible by combination bus or train to either Lleida, Zaragoza or Huesca, then taxi. Or we can arrange a private taxi pickup in Barcelona or Zaragoza.
Benasque. We can arrange a private taxi transfer to Barcelona, Huesca or Zaragoza.
C+/D- (moderate to challenging). Good map reading skills essential.
from 11.5 to 19.5 km, depending on route choice.
from +300 to +1445 m. / – 250 to -1750.
from 5 to 8 hours, depending on route choice.
Mostly mountainous terrain throughout with numerous steep and/or rocky ascents & descents. Typical walking surfaces include medieval “paved” paths and sheep drovers’ trails, dirt forestry tracks, grassy meadows and rocky mountain paths. Some days may involve occasional easy trackless sections marked with cairns.
4 nights in inns & hotels (1 night at a 1* inn, 2 nights at 3* family-run hotels and 1 night at a 4* parador); 3 nights in mountain huts (shared dormitory on bunk beds. Blankets and pillows provided, you just bring a sleeping bag liner or travel sheet) and personal items.
Mid-July to mid-October. Snow conditions vary each year, but there are some years when the highest passes are still not easily negotiated in mid-July
7 nights accommodation (4 nights in hotels or inns; 3 nights in mountain huts)
Daily breakfasts; 6 Picnic lunch bags, 3 evening meals (in huts).
Arrival information packet to be picked up at hotel, containing:
All our routes are designed to be safe and our notes and maps will enable you to enjoy them to the fullest on your own. However, you can consider hiring a local mountain guide for a day or more to add special value to your experience. A guide will provide in-depth insight to local nature, fauna, flora, geology, customs and culture as well as adding an extra measure of safety should you want to try something a big more adventurous or “off-trail” than our standard routes. Ask us for more information. Costs range from 180 – 250 euros per day for a private guide. Just enter your preferred number of days to have a guide in the trip reservation process and the new price will be automatically calculated.
The most spectacular stages of the GR-11, hikes taking you through the highest mountains of the entire Pyrenees. These stages are all located in the Central Massif of the province of Huesca in the former kingdom of Aragón.
Parque Nacional de Cañones de Ordesa y Monte Perdido, part of a larger area designated by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site—an “outstanding mountain landscape”—spanning the contemporary national borders of France and Spain, centered around the 3rd highest mountain in the Pyrenees (and the highest limestone mountain in all of Europe) – Monte Perdido, a calcareous massif that rises to 3,352 m/10,997 ft, and including two of Europe’s largest and deepest canyons and three major cirque walls
Posets-Maladeta Natural Park – This protected area is home to the greatest concentration of 3,000 meter peaks in the entire Pyrenees including the 2 highest – Aneto (3404 meters / 11168 ft) and Posets (3371 m / 11060 ft) . High summits, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls, canyons, and fertile lands of forests and meadows offer a fantastic contrast of colors and landscapes – nature at its finest and a superb environment for any outdoor lover.
Glorious views, exuberant flora and abundant fauna: a nature photographer’s dream. This part of the central Pyrenees is one of the world’s finest locations for alpine flowers, including the famed Eidelweiss. Marmots and chamoix observe us from rocky perches and myriad birds of prey soar overhead, including the Lammergeier – one of Europe’s rarest birds of prey.
Fine food & wine – Spain offers some of the world’s best cuisine, and the Pyrenees are no exception! Local dishes features traditional and modern recipes based on fresh produce from the region’s agriculture, and if you enjoy wine, the local Somontano and Cinca areas, although not so well-known internationally, produce some of Spain’s best wines.
We can offer this trip as either guided or self-guided and in versions of differing lengths and accommodations styles (hut and or hotel) to suit the needs of different travelers.