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Transport from Alto de Perdon

Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino Frances mid May 2018
#1
Am planning to start the Camino from Pamplona on May 21. According to Brierly and a friend who walked the Camino, the descend from the Alto de Perdon is very challenging, and can be dangerous. As I had trouble with both knees I can’t afford a single slip. That would be the end of the Camino at the start. I’d like to walk up to the Alto de Perdon though to get the view. Is there a possibility to get / book a taxi from the top to next village at a lower level or town?
 

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basquelady

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CF (2013), CF Pamplona to V del Bierzo (2014), Baztanés, then CF (2016), CF Sahagun to SDC (2017)
#2
Am planning to start the Camino from Pamplona on May 21. According to Brierly and a friend who walked the Camino, the descend from the Alto de Perdon is very challenging, and can be dangerous. As I had trouble with both knees I can’t afford a single slip. That would be the end of the Camino at the start. I’d like to walk up to the Alto de Perdon though to get the view. Is there a possibility to get / book a taxi from the top to next village at a lower level or town?
There's a simple walk-around which takes 2 sides of a triangle, on quiet roads. You arrive at Uterga. If this appeals, PM me and I'll give details.
 
#3
Am planning to start the Camino from Pamplona on May 21. According to Brierly and a friend who walked the Camino, the descend from the Alto de Perdon is very challenging, and can be dangerous. As I had trouble with both knees I can’t afford a single slip. That would be the end of the Camino at the start. I’d like to walk up to the Alto de Perdon though to get the view. Is there a possibility to get / book a taxi from the top to next village at a lower level or town?
Alto del Perdon is not the only area that can make you worse, O Cebreiro, where it climbs - and descends - from 1400 meters altitude (that's if you go to Santiago). You have to think well!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
#4
There's a simple walk-around which takes 2 sides of a triangle, on quiet roads. You arrive at Uterga. If this appeals, PM me and I'll give details.
This looks like you take NA-6056 downhill (west) to NA-1110 south to NA-6016 south to Uterga, correct?

This interactive map can show the way. At the top right is a pulldown to get various maps and satellite photos. If you use one of Google's views you can drag the yellow man figure to use Google's Street View.

https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=42.735718,-1.742495&z=16&t=h
 

falcon269

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#5
Get a taxi company phone number as you pass through Cizur Menor, and give them a call when you get to the top. As an alternative, you can summon a taxi from Puente la Reina if you have their number.

http://taxipuente.com/
 
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Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#7
Personally, I don't think it's as bad as people say.
I have bad knees and do it just fine.
The biggest issue is that it's rocky and you need to watch your feet, and the ground, rather than the scenery.

That said, there are almost always taxis up there waiting.
Or you can take the phone number of a taxi and call from the top.
I would suggest you SEE it before deciding.

The area people complain about is very short - less than 1k - and isn't so much steep as it is rocky.
 

Mark McCarthy

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Camino Baztan June 2017
#8
It has been improved in the last two years but is still tricky at points. The road route down is longer but probably as quick. If you want a taxi, try calling +34 948591485 in advance. They are based in Cizur Mayor and maybe willing to pickup at Alto de Perdon and take you to Uterga.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino Frances mid May 2018
#10
There's a simple walk-around which takes 2 sides of a triangle, on quiet roads. You arrive at Uterga. If this appeals, PM me and I'll give details.
Hanks. That might be another option to consider. Will decide once on top. Would be good to have to have a plan b.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino Frances mid May 2018
#11
Alto del Perdon is not the only area that can make you worse, O Cebreiro, where it climbs - and descends - from 1400 meters altitude (that's if you go to Santiago). You have to think well!
Yes. Thanks. Am aware of that one. Made notes in my book from where to where I’ll bus/taxi. I want to enjoy the Camino, not seeing this as a punishment.
 

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