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LesBrass

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We decided to spend the weekend in the mountains before heading home... And can you believe we stumbled upon yet another camino... A quick search tells me a forum member walked this route in 2015 (Alto Gallego)... Looks glorious 😂

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Isca-camigo

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I walked it in June 2014, the Spanish side being the opposite of the French side and the Voie Ossau, which was a narrow dark valley. The Pyrenees from the Med to the Atlantic has many crossing points of the way of St James, hopefully I get a chance to do one or two more
 

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LesBrass

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I walked it in June 2014, the Spanish side being the opposite of the French side and the Voie Ossau, which was a narrow dark valley. The Pyrenees from the Med to the Atlantic has many crossing points of the way of St James, hopefully I get a chance to do one or two more
I thought you had! I was quiet happy to Isca being represented :) The second photo was taken not too far from our hotel in Lanuza... I would imagine the Spanish side was quite amazing! We drove home today via Formigal and I miss those mountains already.

We drove this way in February 2018 and it was the scariest journey we've ever made! We had no idea there would be so much snow... which sounds crazy now but we saw no signs warning us of the conditions and we assumed it would be a major transit road - open unless otherwise advised. We talked about that drive today... Gerry said that for a several miles every time he touched the brakes absolutely nothing happened.... we've never been more happy to get down to a valley floor!

it looked very different today! This was Feb 2018... the first photo was not far from Formigal, it didn't look so bad and didn't prepare us for what was to come! It looked lovely today for hiking. Does the route follow the road? The second photo was how high the snow was to the car as we made our way across!

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Isca-camigo

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I walked to the last village on the French side at 1000 meters, Gabas, then was due to go over the next day at Col du Midi on the way that leads to Somport, but over dinner that evening in Gabas I was talking to the high altitude walkers who had come down for the evening, they said the higher levels had lots of melt water, I was wearing lowish mids and they had proper walking boots, they advised against going up there, which actually was a relief, going up the Ossau valley in the later stages towards Gabas had been very demanding and was testing my comfort zone all the way. So the next day I got a taxi over to Sallent du Gallego and resumed the Camino from there. Two things I learnt in that incredibly scenic taxi drive 1) If I had walked that day I would have had a much easier day than the previous one, I had broke the back of the ascents and would have had only a little way to go to easier higher level pastures 2) The Portulate way is made for people like me who don't want an Indiana Jones type adventure in the Pyrenees, there is places to stop and eat at various points and places to stay as well.
+ I m sure from the South Africans account who walked it in winter 2015, the Camino doesn't wander too far from the road.
Buen Camino
 

LesBrass

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I walked to the last village on the French side at 1000 meters, Gabas, then was due to go over the next day at Col du Midi on the way that leads to Somport, but over dinner that evening in Gabas I was talking to the high altitude walkers who had come down for the evening, they said the higher levels had lots of melt water, I was wearing lowish mids and they had proper walking boots, they advised against going up there, which actually was a relief, going up the Ossau valley in the later stages towards Gabas had been very demanding and was testing my comfort zone all the way. So the next day I got a taxi over to Sallent du Gallego and resumed the Camino from there. Two things I learnt in that incredibly scenic taxi drive 1) If I had walked that day I would have had a much easier day than the previous one, I had broke the back of the ascents and would have had only a little way to go to easier higher level pastures 2) The Portulate way is made for people like me who don't want an Indiana Jones type adventure in the Pyrenees, there is places to stop and eat at various points and places to stay as well.
+ I m sure from the South Africans account who walked it in winter 2015, the Camino doesn't wander too far from the road.
Buen Camino

That was how we felt driving down... it really does look lovely after the wooded section on the French side... interesting! Perhaps it's best to start at Portulate (thanks for the info)
 

Isca-camigo

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There used to be a website for Pyrenean Caminos. Two old ( fit as a fiddle) blokes used to walk the various routes, and then post incredibly detailed information. What I did notice was a route from Lourdes that may have branched in the higher altitudes and one way may have come over to Sallent do Gallego, so there is a few options even for Alto do Gallego.
 

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