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annnash Jan 29th, 2017 04:44 PM

Camino de Santiago de Compestela
Three of us, ages 65, 59, 34 women with some knee troubles, wish to walk a portion of the Camino this May 2017. I wish to start from St Jean and end in Pamplona. Seeking advice as to the difficulty. It has been suggested we take the valley route as it is less demanding. If not doing this section is there another that might be equally rewarding? We have a maximum of 7 days for walking. Can you recommend a travel support company to take our bags from stopping point to the next so we can walk with a day pack? Many thanks, Ann

november_moon Jan 29th, 2017 05:52 PM

There are backpack transport companies, so no worries about that. Friends used Jaco Trans the whole way.

Most people with limited time start around Sarria so that they can get to Santiago, which is a great experience. But if getting to Santiago and getting your Compostela isn't important, then hiking through the Pyranese is probably the best choice.

Tommmo Jan 29th, 2017 06:03 PM

See "The Way" starring Martin Sheen for some idea what it is like.

IMDonehere Jan 29th, 2017 07:07 PM

The trip between St Jean and the first refugio is one of the most demanding legs of the trip if you do not take the alternate route.

Try to walk enough to get a Compostela, you need a minimum of 100K or about 60 miles.

Sarria is a good suggestion as is O Cebreiro and end up in Santiago.

Robert2016 Jan 29th, 2017 10:50 PM

It's uphill on the first leg up to Roncevalles (26.7 km), and can be demanding, but doable. You should be able to make it into Pamplona on the third day.

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