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Is the Pyrenees route still closed until April 1st?

karenfromcali

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Hi everyone. Does anyone know if they still have the Pyrenees route closed until April 1st? I enjoy a winter Camino and hence prefer to start earlier, but it’s been a while and didn’t know if the rules had changed.
 
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Closed means CLOSED. Only after 1 April are conditions checked and the availability / access revised on a day-to-day basis. Bottom line, don't even enquire until AFTER 1 April.

FYI - MonaSP, a manager at the Pilgrim Office in Saint Jean Pied de Port is likely our best source for "boots on the ground" intelligence on this. She is a Forum member using that name.

Hope this helps.

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Closed means CLOSED. Only after 1 April are conditions checked and the availability / access revised on a day-to-day basis. Bottom line, don't even enquire until AFTER 1 April.

FYI - MonaSP, a manager at the Pilgrim Office in Saint Jean Pied de Port is likely our best source for "boots on the ground" intelligence on this. She is a Forum member using that name.

Hope this helps.
It was only a question! I haven’t been on the Camino in a long time and that was the last I heard. I only wanted an update.
 
Don't take it unkindly. There have been several pilgrims in recent years stranded on the route and requiring a rescue by the firefighters and it is my understanding that you may have to pay the bill from a rescue. We're just trying to help you stay safe. It isn't meant to be meanspirited. There are some pilgrims who may think they are able to make the route despite the closure and those people are taking a risk.
 
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Don't take it unkindly. There have been several pilgrims in recent years stranded on the route and requiring a rescue by the firefighters and it is my understanding that you may have to pay the bill from a rescue. We're just trying to help you stay safe. It isn't meant to be meanspirited. There are some pilgrims who may think they are able to make the route despite the closure and those people are taking a risk.
Thank you for clarifying. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It’s hard to tell tone by text. I just saw caps and thought they were angry. I’m older and will stick with the rules. Don’t want to end up on the six o’clock news! lol.
 
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You could just walk from Roncesvalles or Pamplona. SJPP really isn't the original starting place for the Camino though everyone seems to want to "cross the Pyrenees" these days. If you're from California as your name suggests, this "mountain" will just be a 'hill' (ducking the incoming snowballs) and unless you're walking in clear weather, or get above the clouds and fog, there's not much to see, imo.
 
You could just walk from Roncesvalles or Pamplona. SJPP really isn't the original starting place for the Camino though everyone seems to want to "cross the Pyrenees" these days. If you're from California as your name suggests, this "mountain" will just be a 'hill' (ducking the incoming snowballs) and unless you're walking in clear weather, or get above the clouds and fog, there's not much to see, imo.
Thanks for your reply. Yes I’m in California (no surprise! lol). I’ve actually walked both the Pyrenees and the Valcarlos but it was some time ago before the change in rules. I preferred the Pyrenees. The scenery was beautiful and I had a lovely day to see it. But happy to walk the Valcarlos. Just wanted to plan ahead what route I would be taking.
Thanks again and Have a nice day!
 
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Just to clarify further, isn't Valcarlos also in the Pyrenees? So, pilgrims on that route would also go "over the Pyrenees." The Napoleon route is more famous these days, it goes to a slightly higher elevation, and arguably has a more dramatic view on a clear day.
Yes. If you're referring to my post, my suggestion was to skip the Pyrenees altogether and walk from Roncesvalles or Pamplona.
 
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