To start in St. Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles?

Saint Jean Pied de Port

The question was:

I notice on the Camino Forum that some people prefer to start their Camino walk from Roncesvalles, as opposed to starting from St. Jean Pied de Port. What is the main reason for this? The pilgrim’s guidebook I am reading recommends starting from St. Jean Pied de Port.

Read this conversation on Starting in St. Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles in our Camino forum.

To cross the Pyrenees or not?


The question was:

I will be undertaking my first camino and begin from St Jean on the 21st April..I have just read somewhere you should be a experienced hill walker to cross the first stage of the camino…which i am not and have not had much time to train etc. Im 29 and reasonably fit. Im seriously considering taking a bus to Roncesvalles as I am now seriously freaking out a bit!..even re-considering the entire trip and any motives i did have about the camino…

How do you know if its the right time or not..

Is it normal to be anxious/stressed etc about doing this section or not..I am going alone so not sure if that is why Im more nervous about it…

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

Read the good advice on crossing the Pyrenees or not in our Camino forum.