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7 Nights – the Best of the GR-11 in the Central Massif of the Pyrenees

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8 Days, 7 Nights
Max People : 14

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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Iberian Adventures > Destinations > Pyrenees > 7 Nights – the Best of the GR-11 in the Central Massif of the Pyrenees
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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!

Duration:

8 Days, 7 Nights

Start Point:

End Point:

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.

Difficulty:

C+/D- (moderate to challenging). Good map reading skills essential.

Distances:

from 11.5 to 19.5 km, depending on route choice.

Elevation gain / loss:

from +300 to +1445 m. / – 250 to -1750.

Time:

from 5 to 8 hours, depending on route choice.

Terrain:

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.

Accommodations:

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.

Self Guided Dates:

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

Price:

Contact us to request a quote for your custom or private group!

 

 

Price includes:

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:

  • 1 large high-quality full-color topographic map at 1:25,000 scale. One set per room.
  • Detailed daily route notes with GPS Waypoints; color topographic map printouts with daily walking routes marked. One set per room.
  • Accommodation contact information, public transport schedules and other information necessary to complete your personal itinerary.
  • Telephone numbers for local English-speaking contact for help in event of emergencies, etc.

 

Optional Mountain Guide:

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.

Highlights

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.

Itinerary

Day 1Journey to start point in Torla

Accessible by public bus from Zaragoza or private transfer from Zaragoza, Huesca or Lérida. A historic stone-built village with the fantastic backdrop of the lower end of Ordesa Canyon, Torla is the main gateway to the superb national park “Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido. Sample the local delicacies, imbibe the excellent local wine from the Somontano or Cinca denomination of origin, explore the national park visitor’s center and shop for supplies, outdoor gear, etc. you can do it all here.

Overnight: Torla. 3 * hotel

Day 2Along the GR-11. Torla to Goriz

A classic hike in national park “Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido”. At the start, we recommend taking the National Park service-operated bus to the Ordesa Meadows, although it is easy enough to walk a quiet and pleasant riverside/forest path directly from Torla (but you’ll need to add 7.3 km and nearly 500 m elevation gain to the total hike). From the meadows, choose from 2 options (one along the valley floor and another along the canyon walls) leading up to the head of the Ordesa Canyon and its “Cola de Caballo” (horsetail) waterfall. From there you climb up out of the canyon to the famous Goriz Hut, in a spectacular setting at 2200 m, at the head of the canyon, nestled in the shadow of the iconic Monte Perdido (3355 m), the highest limestone mountain in all of Europe.

Overnight: Hut-Refugio de Goriz.
Distance: depending on route from Ordesa Meadows, from 11.5 – 13.5 km/ 7.1 – 8.4 mi
Elevation gain/loss: from +915 m to 1250m / – 40 m to – 250 m (+3002 to 4101ft / -131 to 820 ft)
Time: 5 – 7 hrs

Day 3Along the GR-11. Goriz to Pineta

A challenging rollercoaster hike today in the heart of the national park takes you to the head of the Añisclo canyon, and ends with a steep and long descent is the price to pay.

Overnight: 4* Hotel in Pineta (parador nacional)
Distance: 13.5 km / 8.4 mi
Elevation gain/loss: +880 m / – 1750 m (+2887 ft/-5741 ft)
Time: 7 hr 10 min – 8 hr 30 . A shorter, but more technically-challenging option with less elevation gain/loss is available depending on conditions, etc.

Day 4Along the GR-11. Pineta to Parzán

A short climb out of the easy end of the Pineta cirque to the meadows of Lalarri and above at the head of the valley, with stunning views back towards the Perdido massif. A rough track leads alongside the Rio Real down to Parzán.

Overnight: 1* in in Parzán
Distance: 18 km / 11.2 mi
Elevation gain/loss: +880 m / – 1025 m (+2887 ft/-4738 ft)
Time: 5 hr 30 min – 6 hr 30 .

Day 5Along the GR-11. Parzán to Biadós

A very pleasant hike today, first through the Urdizeto Gorge, then entering the Chistau Valley, gateway to the spectacular Posets-Maladeta Natural Park, home to some of the most stunning scenery in all of the Pyrenees. Your simple lodgings are in a lovely alpine setting by the Cinqueta River.

Overnight: mountain hut at Biadós
Distance: 19.5 km / 12.1 mi
Elevation gain/loss: +1445 m / – 850 m (+4741 ft/-2789 ft)
Time: 6 – 7 hrs.

Day 6Along the GR-11. Biadós to Estós

A short day to enjoy the lovely scenery of the Añes Cruces and Estos valleys in the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. Your hut is once again in a superb setting.

Overnight: mountain hut at Estós
Distance: 11.5 km / 7.1 mi
Elevation gain/loss: +860 m / – 710 m (+2822 ft/-2330 ft)
Time: 4.5 – 5.5 hrs.

Day 7Along the GR-11. Estós to Benasque

An easy last day of gentle descent on good trails, with beech forests, streams and rivers down to Benasque, headquarters of the Spanish Mountaineering School and gateway to the largest concentration of 3000 m peaks in the entire Pyrenees, including the 2 highest peaks – Aneto and Posets. Arrive early in time to relax and explore the old town, do some shopping for souvenirs etc.

Overnight: 3* hotel in Benasque
Distance: 13.5 km / 8.4 mi
Elevation gain/loss: +300 m / – 1044 m (+984 ft/-3425 ft)
Time: 3.5 – 4 hrs.

Day 8End of Trip

Depart from Benasque for Barcelona or Zaragoza by bus or private transfer

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