A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Advertisement

Any news on the Napoleon route

Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santa Domingo (2017)
Santa Domingo to Fromista (2018)
#1
Does anyone know if the restrictions for the Napoleon route changed on April 1st? I know you need to check daily for safety, but want to know the status of the closing. I leave SJPdP in 7 days.
Dave C.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
#2
The Napoleon reopens on April 1st so legally it will be ok. You should still check at the Pilgrim Office in St Jean on the day of departure or the day before for the most up to date information and advice. If they advise not to take it please listen as they are very experienced on these matters and have your best interests in mind. Go safely.
Buen Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santa Domingo (2017)
Santa Domingo to Fromista (2018)
#3
The Napoleon reopens on April 1st so legally it will be ok. You should still check at the Pilgrim Office in St Jean on the day of departure or the day before for the most up to date information and advice. If they advise not to take it please listen as they are very experienced on these matters and have your best interests in mind. Go safely.
Buen Camino.
I realize you need to check with the Pilgrim's office, I just wanted to know if anyone had first hand knowledge if it was still closed due to the recent snow. Or if the closure was extended.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
#4
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santa Domingo (2017)
Santa Domingo to Fromista (2018)
#5
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18
#6
One of our friends from the Australian Pilgrims forum crossed via Valcarlos yesterday and her photos are lovely and sunny . I can see a layer of snow on the top of the range. Pilgrim office advised against the Napoleon.
Rhonda also said there were 200 arrivals at Roncesvalles by 5pm yesterday and still coming. Wow!
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#7
According to this weather forecast for the Puerto de Ibañeta, snow is forecast for the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of April.
 

Sharni

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: April/May 2011
Camino Norte/Vadiniense/Frances: April/May 2013
Camino Frances: April/May 2016
#8
I'm due to leave SJPDP on the 6th - I'll try to update here
 

falcon269

no commercial interests
Camino(s) past & future
yes
#9
Wind to 90 kph today, followed by several days of rain then snow! Since weather generally moves from west to east, the forecast for the Pyrenees is fairly accurate a couple of days in advance. Farther out than that, it is pretty speculative in the details. With the temperature forecast to drop only to about freezing in Roncesvalles, the snow may not materialize except at higher altitudes. You will descend into Roncesvalles, so at your highest elevation on either route, you may get a small amount of snow. Buen camino!
 
A

Anemone del Camino

Guest
#10
The Napoleon reopens on April 1st so legally it will be ok. You should still check at the Pilgrim Office in St Jean on the day of departure or the day before for the most up to date information and advice. If they advise not to take it please listen as they are very experienced on these matters and have your best interests in mind. Go safely.
Buen Camino.
Do the rules say "open oh April First" or mor along the lines of "closed at least until April 1st"?
 

MaidinBham

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP to Muxia, April (2014)
Camino Portuguese Lisbon>Santiago, April/May (2016)
#11
You will not be able to judge whether Napoleon route will be open when you arrive based on weather forcast, extended forcast, forcast at Roncevalles (not in the Pyrenees!). Weather forcast's are not 100% scientific fact, and the only way you will know, is to go to the SJPDP Pilgrim Office the day before or day of departure. They have the most up to date info. I went over the top April 17th 2014, blue skies and temp's lo 60's. yet it was closed the next day. Be prepared to take the alternate route, or wait out bad weather.

Buen Camino,
Janice
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
#12
Do the rules say "open oh April First" or mor along the lines of "closed at least until April 1st"?
Its open from April 1st but as you know it may still be closed due to adverse weather. If one travels it against advice and gets into trouble it may cost them their lives but it will cost them a lot of money to pay the Emergency Services for the rescue costs.
 

Sharni

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: April/May 2011
Camino Norte/Vadiniense/Frances: April/May 2013
Camino Frances: April/May 2016
#13
Route Napoleon still closed apparently for a while still and if people are walking to Orisson they are being transported to Valcarlos.
 

Trude

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais 2013 Finnestere, Muxia 2013, 2017
Norte 2014, Francais, 2015, 2016, VDLP 2017
#14
Have just walked the Road on the 7th to Roncesvalles. The Napoleon Route was closed due to snow. When we left Roncesvalles it was thick snow and snowed all day.
 
W

whariwharangi

Guest
#16
Snow is easy. Bring crampons for your boots and a toboggan on which to tow your stuff.

And if you don't know enough about walking in mountains under spring snow conditions ... then don't. Napoleon route isn't the place to learn.

You should be able to see if there is snow on the hills from SJPdP. If the pilgrim office advises that its okay ... then remember that you must still rely on your own good judgement.
 

OLDER threads on this topic



A few items available from the Camino Forum Store



Pilgrims here right now

Advertisement
Booking.com

Latest posts

Most read today

Most downloaded Resources

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store

Casa Ivar Newsletter

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 8 1.1%
  • February

    Votes: 4 0.5%
  • March

    Votes: 33 4.5%
  • April

    Votes: 108 14.7%
  • May

    Votes: 179 24.4%
  • June

    Votes: 53 7.2%
  • July

    Votes: 15 2.0%
  • August

    Votes: 10 1.4%
  • September

    Votes: 219 29.8%
  • October

    Votes: 89 12.1%
  • November

    Votes: 11 1.5%
  • December

    Votes: 5 0.7%
Top