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St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

· 4 reviews · Hiking trail · Aquitaine
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Tackle a tough walk today, and follow the Camino across the Pyrenees. 
difficult
Distance 24.2 km
7:30 h
1,372 m
594 m
The toughest section stage 1, with a steep climb to the Roncesvalles.  Then pass across the Pyrenees on a route called Ruta Imperial (Imperial Route). You will be rewarded with wonderful panoramic mountain views and a great sense of achievement. An alternative route is available along the valley for those who prefer a more gentle option. 
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Author
Minna Harshbarger
Update: February 26, 2020
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,429 m
Lowest point
169 m

Tips and hints

This walk is part of the following itineraries:

WSPSCDSfull

WSPSCDS1

WSPCDS1&2

WSSBOTC

 

Start

St Jean Pied de Port (168 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.163085, -1.237625
DMS
43°09'47.1"N 1°14'15.4"W
UTM
30T 643269 4780433
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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
43.163085, -1.237625
DMS
43°09'47.1"N 1°14'15.4"W
UTM
30T 643269 4780433
w3w 
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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.

Questions and answers

Question from Cary Shaffer · June 10, 2021 · Community
What is the highest altitude on the route?
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Rating

4.0
(4)
jpcullen@talktalk.net Cullen
October 09, 2021 · Community
Over the top
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Half way up
Photo: jpcullen@talktalk.net Cullen, Community
Over the top
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jpcullen@talktalk.net Cullen
October 09, 2021 · Community
Day 1 Route Napoleon tough
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Pilgrims office, Boots on thee ground
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SJPP
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Catherine Dale
October 04, 2019 · Community
Beautiful... the music of the cow, sheep and horse bells ring through the air.
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Photos from others

Half way up
Over the top
Pilgrims office, Boots on thee ground
SJPP
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Reviews
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
24.2 km
Duration
7:30 h
Ascent
1,372 m
Descent
594 m

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