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St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles (via Valcarlos low level route)

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This is the low-level route from St Jean to Roncesvalles, via Valcarlos. Take this if you prefer an easier alternative to the tough first stage or in bad weather.
moderate
Distance 23.6 km
6:30 h
1,185 m
409 m
A less strenuous alternative to the traditional first stage of the Camino,  with less views and a more gradual ascent,  but still very peaceful woodland sections.
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Author
Laura Paterson
Update: February 26, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,057 m
Lowest point
168 m

Start

St Jean Pied de Port (171 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.162494, -1.237140
DMS
43°09'45.0"N 1°14'13.7"W
UTM
30T 643310 4780368
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Destination

Roncesvalles

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
43.162494, -1.237140
DMS
43°09'45.0"N 1°14'13.7"W
UTM
30T 643310 4780368
w3w 
///fact.recklessly.moisten
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
23.6 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
1,185 m
Descent
409 m

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