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Lourdes to Somport to Santiago de Compostella

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2022
Can anyone give me a rough estimate of how long it takes to get from Lourdes to Puenta de la Reina, going through the Somport Pass? I've gone from SJPdP to SdC and from Lourdes to SJPdP to SdC, but I am trying to estimate how much time for this part of this route. I'm planning for the spring of 2022.
I'm old, out of shape, and a slow walker (roughly 3 mph with my pack).
Any advice will be useful.
 
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Vacajoe

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2019
While it’s completely dependent on not only your speed but also how long you walk each day, plan for 6-7 days from Lourdes to Somport, then 9-10 days from there to Puenta. Side trips to Javier castle, Leyre, Foz de Lumbier, and San Juan de la Pena will add a day or two for each diversion. Again, it all depends if you are doing 6 miles a day or 16!

I will say, though, that it’s a tremendous route that is thoroughly enjoyable and completely different than the CF!
 
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John Saxon

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2021
I walked this in reverse (Puenta la Reina to Lourdes) in September 2021. My walk took 14 days including "detours" for San Juan and Lumbier. But my pace and distance may be a bit more than yours so 15 or 16 days might be a better estimate. FWIW the second day of my descent into France from Somport (between Estaut and Sarrance) was pretty tough--rained all day, slippery, narrow trail, steep drop offs, need to keep eyes open for markers. Still, really glad to have experienced the Piedmont, Arles, and Aragones. Bon Chemin! Buen Camino!
 
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Can anyone give me a rough estimate of how long it takes to get from Lourdes to Puenta de la Reina, going through the Somport Pass? I've gone from SJPdP to SdC and from Lourdes to SJPdP to SdC, but I am trying to estimate how much time for this part of this route. I'm planning for the spring of 2022.
I'm old, out of shape, and a slow walker (roughly 3 mph with my pack).
Any advice will be useful.
Congrats for you planed way. For me , it was the nicest way 2008 - 2019. I made the way in 2012, it took me, slow walking, three days Lourdes to Oleron and three day up to the Somport. I dont remeber how long it took down to Puenta la Reina
 
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Grahammac

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Arles/Arogonese (2019)
In summer hot and dry I took 12 days and I was 71. No detours and a couple of 25+ days, especially the last day to Puenta. However, a lot of it is clay and this will be tough when wet. Obanos is just before Puenta and an excellent night stay at a small place just before you exit the town.
 
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Obanos is just before Puenta and an excellent night stay at a small place just before you exit the town.

Second staying in Obanos over Puenta. Charming little town. Based on the description I think Graham is referring to the Albergue Atseden. I stayed there in 2019 and it was a fantastic place. Unbelievable value for what you got. However, only 10 beds and it filled up fast. I made reservations.
 
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Second staying in Obanos over Puenta. Charming little town. Based on the description I think Graham is referring to the Albergue Atseden. I stayed there in 2019 and it was a fantastic place. Unbelievable value for what you got. However, only 10 beds and it filled up fast. I made reservations.
Hmmm. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the advice about making a reservation.
 

lthrnck55

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Camino Frances via Lourdes Sept/Oct/Nov 2022
In summer hot and dry I took 12 days and I was 71. No detours and a couple of 25+ days, especially the last day to Puenta. However, a lot of it is clay and this will be tough when wet. Obanos is just before Puenta and an excellent night stay at a small place just before you exit the town.

Hello,

I hope to do Lourdes to Puenta this September. Is it well marked? Is the pilgrims office in Lourdes a good source of info? Any tips for a 68 yo solo pilgrim would be appreciated.

Buen Camino!
 
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Can anyone give me a rough estimate of how long it takes to get from Lourdes to Puenta de la Reina, going through the Somport Pass? I've gone from SJPdP to SdC and from Lourdes to SJPdP to SdC, but I am trying to estimate how much time for this part of this route. I'm planning for the spring of 2022.
I'm old, out of shape, and a slow walker (roughly 3 mph with my pack).
Any advice will be useful.
in the pilgrim office in Lourdes, you can get a beautiful special credential
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Past OR future Camino
2019
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Is this new? We made a pilgrimage to Lourdes from Biarritz in 2019 and received warm greetings from the Pilgrims Office there, but no one mentioned a special credential. S it specific to that route or for Lourdes to Santiago or ???
 
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Is this new? We made a pilgrimage to Lourdes from Biarritz in 2019 and received warm greetings from the Pilgrims Office there, but no one mentioned a special credential. S it specific to that route or for Lourdes to Santiago or ???
oh, I made the way in 2012, maybe they changed
 
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2022
I didn't even know there was a special pilgrim's office in Lourdes. Where is it? When I walked, I knew where I was going and what I was doing, I got a stamp somewhere and just started walking. Would like to have a special credencial from Lourdes. I already have this year's Holy Year one from Ivar, but since i usually need two, this wouldn't be a problem.
 

David Tallan

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1989
I didn't even know there was a special pilgrim's office in Lourdes. Where is it? When I walked, I knew where I was going and what I was doing, I got a stamp somewhere and just started walking. Would like to have a special credencial from Lourdes. I already have this year's Holy Year one from Ivar, but since i usually need two, this wouldn't be a problem.
I think the pilgrim's office in Lourdes is for pilgrims to Lourdes, rather than pilgrims from Lourdes. :)
 

OZAJ

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Mozarabe/VdlP/Sanabres (2008) Norte (2009) Vezelay/Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2010) etc.
2014 Lourdes to Oloron: 2 days;

2012 Oloron to Puenta la Reina 8 days.

5 of the stages were over 30km, the 2 longest 37km.
 
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2014 Lourdes to Oloron: 2 days;

2012 Oloron to Puenta la Reina 8 days.

5 of the stages were over 30km, the 2 longest 37km.
I checked my diary, 3 days Oleron (64Km), 3 days Somport (64Km) and 9 days Puenta la Reine (170Km).
By the way, in 2012 there was also pilgrim accommodation in Lourdes, but certainly for pilgrims to Lourdes, but I stayed 2 nights in a centrally located inexpensive hotel myself.
 
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I checked my diary, 3 days Oleron (64Km), 3 days Somport (64Km) and 9 days Puenta la Reine (170Km).
By the way, in 2012 there was also pilgrim accommodation in Lourdes, but certainly for pilgrims to Lourdes, but I stayed 2 nights in a centrally located inexpensive hotel myself.
Yes, I just stayed in a cheap hotel when I arrived in Lourdes before starting out to SJPdP and SdC. It was over a pizzeria.
Very much appreciate the timeline! Thank you!
 
I think the pilgrim's office in Lourdes is for pilgrims to Lourdes, rather than pilgrims from Lourdes. :)


Hi David
There is an information centre in Lourdes for those walking the way of St James.
It is located at 16 Boulevard de La Grotte in the centre of Lourdes.
I was a volunteer at the gîte La Ruche,an accueil jacquaire specifically for those walking the Way/ Chemin of St James.
The Centre d'Information phoned us ,almost daily,seeking beds for pilgrims.
It is an excellent information centre and the volunteers are former pilgrims.
Not to be confused with the information centre for Lourdes pilgrims which is situated in the grounds of the Sanctuary.
 
Hi David
There is an information centre in Lourdes for those walking the way of St James.
It is located at 16 Boulevard de La Grotte in the centre of Lourdes.
I was a volunteer at the gîte La Ruche,an accueil jacquaire specifically for those walking the Way/ Chemin of St James.
The Centre d'Information phoned us ,almost daily,seeking beds for pilgrims.
It is an excellent information centre and the volunteers are former pilgrims.
Not to be confused with the information centre for Lourdes pilgrims which is situated in the grounds of the Sanctuary.
 
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