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Elevation profiles of the tracks from St. Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles
Rick of Rick and Peg

Elevation profiles of the tracks from St. Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles

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On both the Napoleon and Valcarlos routes there are 3 km stretches that average a 15% slope. On the Napoleon from the 4.0 km mark to the 7.0 km mark (with an elevation gain of 450 m). The same elevation gain can be seen on the Valcarlos route between the 18.5 and 21.5 km marks. Also note that, although the Napoleon reaches a higher elevation, the cumulative elevation gains are about the same (N=1398 m, V=1359 m).
 
i saw a lot capturing Mama Mary
upon starting from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles
are both routes pass by the statue?
 
i saw a lot capturing Mama Mary
upon starting from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles
are both routes pass by the statue?
No @yaying. The Virgin, Cross of Thibault, horses and sheep are on the Route Napoleon, the higher track. The lower track through Valcarlos is pretty but not spectacular so you don't see many pictures taken along this way.

The two routes separate quickly in St. Jean and don't meet again until either Ibaneta or Roncevalles. From the highest point of the two tracks there are two ways down to Roncevalles. The way the Pilgrims Office recommends is to follow a road down to Puerto Ibaneta (the pass of Ibaneta) and then to Roncevalles. This is what the high route in the picture shows. But from that high point the other way, the marked camino, enters woods on a somewhat steep trail to go directly to Roncevalles.

At Ibaneta there is a chapel, a scenic view and a monument to the famed warrior Roland who was killed near that spot in 774 or so.
 
Route Napoleon
thank you so much, jotted down, cause those what u have mentioned about is what i want to see.
in case not affected by climate change, what is best possible time to walk this napoleon route (aside from summer time), i mean like end of April, is this passable?
 
what is best possible time to walk this napoleon route (aside from summer time), i mean like end of April, is this passable?
If the weather is good they open the high trail on April 1 and close it at the end of October but they can close it for bad weather days in between. We hike in mountains at home that are similar and there can be really bad days to hike (fog, rain, snow, wind). Remember too that the weather can be bad but not bad enough for them to close the trail. For example, we did not take the Route Napoleon in mid-May because there was a good chance of lightening. Also, because you are used to hot climates, you may find it way too cold for comfort in the spring and autumn.
 
is that dropping to minus sir during spring & autumn?
I waited to answer until I got on a better computer to do searches. I found a chart of average, maximum and minimum temperatures per month for Roncevalles. Remember though that some of the Napoleon Route is higher and, being on a ridge, would be windier. That would make you feel a lot colder. The chart of temperatures through the year is at
 

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