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Have You Walked GR653 from Borce to The Col du Somport?

Ness

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I’m in Borce tonight and need to decide if I should walk to the Somport Pass or take the bus. The last two days walking have included some ( too many) spots along the edges of the foothills, with some erosion & steep drops to the valley below, which had me quite frightened. I would like to walk tomorrow, but only if it’s going to feel safe. I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat with no love of heights. I have crossed Pyrenees into Roncesvalles ( not scary) and walked the San Salvador ( a little scary for me, but I did it). Hoping that someone can remember the route and give advice.
 

biarritzdon

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I remember the path very well. It was raining constantly and very slippery. There were several trees down across the path and I had to remove my sack and crawl to move forward. I walked into several gated fields where no other pilgrims had preceded me, so I was not sure if I was following grass that was bent over by a stray cow or I was just lucky and still be on the path. I took the bus from Borce to Somport, in the rain that last assent was just looking too nauseating to me.
 

Ness

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Thank you for answering, Biarritz Don. I will probably take the bus; my nerves are a bit frazzled.
 

sharon w

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On the way up Somport there are streams to cross. If it has been raining these could be quite difficult to walk through.
 

Canuck

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I have done it a few years ago in good weather and it was not difficult.
It's on the road for a good part(beware of trucks) and then on a nice path to the Somport Pass.
Your best option is to ask the locals at the hotel in Borce or Bedous and they will tell you the condition of the trail and indicate to you a safe way.
It's a nice stage that shouldn't be missed.
 

Karl Oz

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I walked from Oloron to Somport last July and thought a very few sections were dangerous, particularly where the path is cut into a cliff-face alongside the river ravine. Unfortunately I cannot remember if this as the section from Borce. It was relatively dry when I did it but I would not do it in the wet, even with the hand-holds provided. The last day to Somport I also found fairly strenuous, as I think it rises 1000m over the 17km journey. It's beautiful but if you are nervous you have the option of the road (maybe not so safe itself), or taking a bus or taxi.
By the way, it's much easier and safer on the Spanish side!
 

Albertagirl

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I stayed at the albergue in Borce on the 16th of September, 2016 and walked through to to the albergue at the top of the Somport Pass on Sept. 17. It had rained much of the time from Oloron Ste Marie to Somport, but I did not find that this made the walk up to the pass particularly difficult. I don't remember that there were any streams blocking the trail. I would hate to have missed it. I walked alone and I was 68 at the time. Buen camino.
 

Ness

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Ness

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Thank you for your reply, Sharon. It has been raining all night.
 

Ness

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I have done it a few years ago in good weather and it was not difficult.
It's on the road for a good part(beware of trucks) and then on a nice path to the Somport Pass.
Your best option is to ask the locals at the hotel in Borce or Bedous and they will tell you the condition of the trail and indicate to you a safe way.
It's a nice stage that shouldn't be missed.
 

Ness

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Thank you for the information, Canuck. I tried to get some information yesterday afternoon but surprisingly didn’t find anyone who had walked it. Maybe they were all out walking it.
 

Ness

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I walked from Oloron to Somport last July and thought a very few sections were dangerous, particularly where the path is cut into a cliff-face alongside the river ravine. Unfortunately I cannot remember if this as the section from Borce. It was relatively dry when I did it but I would not do it in the wet, even with the hand-holds provided. The last day to Somport I also found fairly strenuous, as I think it rises 1000m over the 17km journey. It's beautiful but if you are nervous you have the option of the road (maybe not so safe itself), or taking a bus or taxi.
By the way, it's much easier and safer on the Spanish side!
Thank you for responding, Karl Oz. I am still shaken by that dangerous part you mentioned. It was in the last 2km into Sarrance and peppered throughout the day on the stage from Sarrance to Borce.
I still have not decided what I will do today ; it’s 6:49 am and has rained all night.
 

Ness

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I stayed at the albergue in Borce on the 16th of September, 2016 and walked through to to the albergue at the top of the Somport Pass on Sept. 17. It had rained much of the time from Oloron Ste Marie to Somport, but I did not find that this made the walk up to the pass particularly difficult. I don't remember that there were any streams blocking the trail. I would hate to have missed it. I walked alone and I was 68 at the time. Buen camino.
Thank you for telling me about your experience, Alberta Girl. It has been raining from Oloron-Ste-Marie to Sarrance for me as well but we had sun yesterday. I am also walking alone, with which I am quite comfortable except for when the trail becomes ( in my opinion) dangerous.
 

jennysa

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I walked it in June last year. It is stunning - not to be missed. Spectacular scenery -BUT you must walk all the way on the road - get an early start. You see nothing if you follow the path. I have now done it twice along the road from Borce - you miss all that wonderful scenery if you take the bus.
 

backpack45scb

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in 2010 we took the road rn134 from Urdos and it was a pleasant walk - very little traffic.
 

Ness

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Thank you, Jennysa and Backpack45scb. I ended up taking the bus from Et Saut
to Canfranc-Estacion; it was raining slightly and the hills were all enshrouded in mist, so I didn’t feel safe walking. The tourism office in Canfranc-Estacion told me I couldn’t walk over the pass today due to snowfall. I did get to see some of the trail as I walked to Candanchú and back. Some snow on the trail. Met a pilgrim who told me he was not able to cross the Col and had to walk on the road. Perhaps I will get the opportunity to walk this stage another day. Glad that you both enjoyed your time walking in the Pyrenees.
 
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I’m in Borce tonight and need to decide if I should walk to the Somport Pass or take the bus. ...Hoping that someone can remember the route and
Ness,
You will have walked or bussed over Somport by now. I hope you are safe and well. I walked from Arles in 2015 and found the section Borce-Somport a challenge, even after weeks of walking. I stopped for lunch well after having crossed over the highway and determined that I was lost. As I later found out, the map said 1.5km for a stretch, but it was a typo. It was really 7.5km. I walked back for an hour to a road that I'd seen off to one side in order to thumb a ride. The first car occupants looked at me as if I were mad, but the second car stopped: two cavers shunted stuff off the back seat to make room and dropped me in Canfranc Estación. Later I worked out where I had been, in fact very close to Somport.
I hope you made a good decision for yourself. Yes, the autumn colour was lovely, but it was a difficult section to walk. If I'd known about the bus, I would probably have taken it.

If you are continuing on the Aragones, i highly recommend the albergue at Arres. It was my most memorable night on the Camino.
Bernice
 

Ness

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Thank you , Bernice, for your good wishes and for sharing your experience. I am walking to Jaca today, but will definitely go to the Albergue in Arres that you recommend. I am hoping that I will meet up with a pilgrim or to on my way to Puenta la Reina; I’m a little tired of my own company.
 
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Thank you , Bernice, for your good wishes and for sharing your experience. I am walking to Jaca today, but will definitely go to the Albergue in Arres that you recommend. I am hoping that I will meet up with a pilgrim or to on my way to Puenta la Reina; I’m a little tired of my own company.
Ness,
Company will be a challenge, especially when you get to the Francés. I recall someone saying that at the albergue in Jaca, the heating was on all day, and that it was very pleasant there. I stayed elsewhere and it was freezing. I understand your being rather tired of your own company, but I was heartened to find that it was manageable and that solitude didn't cause me to give up. My next Camino will be alone. All the best. Bernice
 

Karl Oz

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I can also recommend the albergue at Santa Cilia, particularly if you are planning that gruelling walk up to the monastery after leaving Jaca. The lady that runs it is lovely, and will cook you a great meal.
 
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Hi Ness, I also walked from Borce to Somport Pass and it was beautiful but hard and I lost my way at one part but just kept on uphill walking in meadows with no obvious path but used my instinct. I also stayed at Arres and it is a beautiful small stone built village with a small albergue and a communal dinner set outside where you will find great company.
 

Ness

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Hi Camino-David. Thanks for answering. Well, I missed the fun of crossing the Col du Somport, but perhaps can try it another time. I will look forward to Arres & the company you mention.
 

Ness

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Ness,
Company will be a challenge, especially when you get to the Francés. I recall someone saying that at the albergue in Jaca, the heating was on all day, and that it was very pleasant there. I stayed elsewhere and it was freezing. I understand your being rather tired of your own company, but I was heartened to find that it was manageable and that solitude didn't cause me to give up. My next Camino will be alone. All the best. Bernice
 

Ness

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There were 2 pilgrims here with me at Jaca and I appreciated their company. Of course, we are all going in different directions today. I am staying at the municipal in Jaca and it is modern, warm, spacious and clean. Couldn’t ask for more.
 

Ness

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I can also recommend the albergue at Santa Cilia, particularly if you are planning that gruelling walk up to the monastery after leaving Jaca. The lady that runs it is lovely, and will cook you a great meal.
 

Ness

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Thank you for the advice, Karl Oz. I am thinking about taking the Juan de la Pena route today. Unfortunately was told by Hospitalero that there is no accommodation in Santa Cilia. Though he might have meant no municipal; I only get the gist of what I’m being told. But, just day 2 in Spain. I will improve. I will look out for a private allergy’s in Santa Cilia.
 

Ness

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Thank you for the advice, Karl Oz. I am thinking about taking the Juan de la Pena route today. Unfortunately was told by Hospitalero that there is no accommodation in Santa Cilia. Though he might have meant no municipal; I only get the gist of what I’m being told. But, just day 2 in Spain. I will improve. I will look out for a private allergy’s in Santa Cilia.
 

Ness

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That was supposed to be albergue not allergy’s
 
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As someone planning to walk The Arles Route in 2020, all this correspondence is invaluable. We are planning to start late April from Arles, so, like all optimistic pilgrims, keeping our hopes high for reasonable weather, especially over Col du Somport. With all your adventures I hope you still had a wonderful journey.
 

samoht.w

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If you are adventurous and fit, here is a route variant (GR65.3.3) From Bedous to Berdun. I am planning to take this route within the next year. If you want more info such as maps and route descriptions, let me know.
 
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Thanks Sam.That is the route we are planning to follow. Buen camino and keep us posted.
 
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