The Perils of Pyrenees Pauline & the GR10 travel blog

Leaving Baigorry

path climbing out of Baigorry

traverse path

The GR10 indicator

On top of the world

We've climbed up to 869 metres!

Helen almost at the top of the mountain

Made it to the top. We saw the top of this mountain...

Looking towards St Jean Pied de Port

Lunch spot

 

 

Finally at St Jean Pied de Port

In st Jean pied de port

St Jean pied de port

Boots at the Gite

St Jean Pied de Port

Inside St Jean Pied de Port cathedral


Overview

Yet another wonderful day of walking. Started with VERY steep climb out of Baigorry. Why do the French make roads sensible zigzag up steep mountains but walking trails seem to go straight up!! We climbed high and had a wonderful view of the village that we had just come from. After a little traverse we came to a sheep pen with a group of shepherds tending them. We decided that the French equivalent of the Aussie farmer ute was the LITTLE van with a wire divider between the back and the front seats. This we soon discovered was where the dog travelled or the sheep!! We immediately started climbing again and went up up up (for 3 hrs of climbing since leaving Baigorry) to the very peak of the mountain at 1021m, watching a helicopter circle below us, along with a flock of eagles circling around.

We could see St Jean Pied De Port ( our destination for the day ) and decided it wasn't going to take long to get there. So we descended to a lower level still with a wonderful view and stopped for lunch. Just as we had gone up up up for the first half of the day we went down down down to our destination. Taking another couple of hours !!

St Jean is a medieval town and not only a starting point for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago ( I stayed here this last year on the cycling tour), but also a big tourist destination. They love to watch the pilgrims... As we saw them looking through our accommodation window !!!

After checking into our Gite for the night, a shower and wash of the clothes we headed out for a quick look around town, a browse in the touristy shops and a relaxing drink outside at one of the bars.

Then back to the Gite for an introduction to all the other (pilgrim) residents for the night and dinner. An interesting experience!!!

The Route

Distance

16km

Cumulative Distance

Time

6.5 hrs

Cumulative Time

Altitude

995 m

Cumulative Altitude

Descent

940m

Cumulative Descent

Weather

Overcast but great walking weather. Bit chilly in high places

Accommodation

Gite Beilari

Dinner

Vegetable soup

Stuffed tomatoes with green and chickpea salad.

Cost

$30

Highlights

The top of the mountain

Low Lights

None!!

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