- Time of past OR future Camino
Hi folks , I am wondering if someone can tell me exactly which is the longer route , on the Camino Primitivo the Hospitales route or the Pola route.
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I haven't done the Primitivo yet, but it seems the advantage of not doing the hospitales route is that there is that there are several towns to stop in between Borres and Berducedo, either for a meal or to sleep.Longer in km may be shorter in time, when you factor in hills.
Good to know as I plan for the Primitivo in June.PS If you stay at Albergue Samblisimo (a little way past Borres), it will slightly shorten either day. On Gronze Samblisimo is shown as on the Pola route but it's just after where the paths diverge - so an overnight there would suit either choice.
My prediction ... you'll LOVE it!Good to know as I plan for the Primitivo in June.
I don’t usually disagree with Gronze, but IMO, I think they perpetuate a myth that the route over Hospitales is more challenging than the route through Pola. Both ascend to the exact same high point. If you ascend from Pola, you will be starting at a point several hundred meters lower than the point you will start at if you ascend from Borres (that’s because from Borres to Pola is downhill). The ascent from Borres over Hospitales is much less pronounced, in addition to having less total elevation gain. There is a quite strenuous stretch up to the pass on the Pola ascent.The path along the Ruta de los Hospitales is 4.5 km shorter than the alternative via Pola, but harder and without services