GR11 Pyrennes - late September
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 12, 2012 12:42 AM Last Post By: sankisha
Sep 4, 2012 4:42 AM
GR11 Pyrennes - late SeptemberHi
I'm hiking solo in the Pyrennes for two weeks - route similar to that in the LP Walking in Spain book (in reverse) and the GR11. I'm starting in Gavarnie (France) on 15 September and plant to cross over to Torla and join the GR11 from there and head East, hopefully as far as Espot. From what I can make out, it is possible to do this without a tent - staying in refuges which all seem to be open.
If anyone has any advice or similar plans and wants to meet up, let me know.
Edited by: fdy
Sep 6, 2012 8:12 AM
1Possible in 2 weeks. I would recommend carrying a tent for flexibility and if you get held up by bad weather. Also recheck whether refuges are open. Some have the nasty habit of closing down mid-Spetember and so do some village campsites. The Cicerone GR11 guide is from west to east so may be worth considering. I assume you are going to Torla via Bujaruelo so you can follow the GR11 through the Ordessa Canyon. If so it may be worth considering going through the Breche De Roland and back to Gavarnie as a loop. Then proceed via Horquettes d' Alans, Heas and Refuge de Barroude joining up with the GR11 near Bielsa. This I think is a much nicer route and avoids the descent to the Pineta valley. I've never met anybody yet who has had a good word to say about this descent. I've met people who have taken the following day off as a knee recovery day!
Sep 6, 2012 3:23 PM
Thanks for all that advice. I'll recheck the refuges and reconsider taking my tent. Plan is to go to Torla via Bujaruelo. Then take the Faja de Pelay route in Ordessa Canyon. Your suggestion to loop back to Gavarnie sounds interesting. Breche de Roland looks amazing.
General Plan was:
Ref. de Goriz
Ref. de Estos
R. Conanglais/ Hospital Vielha
R. de Colomers
Sep 6, 2012 10:50 PM
Sep 9, 2012 7:14 AM
4Thanks again Pedro. I've decided to bring my tent, to allow maximum flexibility.
My revised schedule is:
Torla (via Bujareulo)
R. de Goriz (via Faja de Pelay)
Gavarnie (via Breche de Roland)
R. de Barroude
Hospital de Viella (or Conanglais)
R. de Colomers
La Guinguenta (for bus to Barcelona*)
- Regarding bus tickets, can you just purchase these on the bus? I know it is possible to purchase online but I do not want to commit myself to a particular date.
I have enough time to add a couple of extra days or rest days if required. I'll post here when I return and let you know how I got on...
Sep 9, 2012 9:47 AM
Sep 11, 2012 7:17 AM
I'm taking the train to Lourdes day after tomorrow - my friend and I want to walk a bit of the GR11 too (we'll arrive in Lourdes fridaymorning, and we've got about two weeks, taking the train back from Luchon on sep 30, in the eve).
We're a bit stuck however on where to start. Reading your post, starting in Gavarnie seems like the best option? However, we'd miss the morning bus from Lourdes to Gavarnie, therefor missing a whole day and only arriving in Gavarnie saturdaynoon)
Would there be another option to start? The cicerone book mentions the connection Lourdes-Pau-Laruns-Col du Portalet - Sallent de Gallego, and starting the GR11 from there ('day 13'). I haven't been able to find info on busconnections so far (could it be they only run in summer?!)
Thanks a lot already!
Any way we can recognise you on the road? ;-)
Sep 11, 2012 8:44 AM
7Don't know about all the way to Sallent de Gallego but this may be of use:
Alternately start at day 12 accessible from Pau:
Alternately bus Lourdes to Luz-Saint-Sauveur and taxi to Gavarnie
Alternately bus Lourdes to Cauteret and walk 2 days to Refuge Respumosa (GR11) via Refuge Wallon.
Edited by: pedro555
Sep 11, 2012 2:30 PM
What time to do you arrive in Lourdes on Friday morning? If you arrive before 11:35 you should be able to get to Gavarnie with two buses:
Lourdes ->Pierrefitte-Nest 11:35-> 12:05
Pierrefitte-Nest -> Gavarnie 13:15 -> 14:21
Hope that helps.
Sep 12, 2012 12:42 AM
9Hey Pedro & Fdy,
thanks a lot, great tips!
Fdy, we arrive in Lourdes at 10.15, so we can get the bus you suggest. How nice is that! :-)
Vickymouse, thanks for your concern... We've both got a sleeping bag of comfort -5, and a good tent, that should be ok.
Fdy, you've inspired us with your route, and we're planning on taking it slow (and deifinitely skipping the descend via Piñeta valley - thanks Pedro!) so you'll probably catch up with us...
Have a nice walk!
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