It is very far from being the bogeyman which is its reputation: practically all pilgrims are astonished to see how easily they have completed it!

Nonetheless, either by route Napoleon or Valcarlos, it is a strenuous stage of 26 kilometers and 1100 or 1200 meters of ascent. It requires 7 or 8 hours for the average walker to complete.

It is posing no danger except for very specific winter conditions about which you would be advised.

You just have to be in a good shape.

Obviously, if you have never walked more than a few kilometers, and that without a backpack, it is certainly better to avoid starting with this stage !

In this case it will be for you suitable to get to Roncesvalles with motorized machine :

  • Express Bourricot 06 61 96 04 76  (from 12 to 40 € according to the number of persons).
  • Taxis from Saint Jean Pied de Port (52€)  Nafarroa : 06 75 78 36 23 – Goenaga : 05 59 37 05 00 et Maïtia : 06 83 94 69 32
  • Bus Saint Jean-Pampelune, timetable in turist office website.