The total costs for the trip come out at £854, £257 was spent getting to the start of the walk - some of which could have been avoided, £327 was spent getting home. This leaves £270 spent during the walk, of which £110 was spent on the rest day (2nts hotel plus meals).
I decided that rather than tie myself down to dates I would book the outward journey and get myself back to the UK from wherever and whenever I decided to finish, pre-trip expenditure was therefore minimal. Also - having done the trip to Gavarnie in reverse last year I was happy not to book anything other than flights.
|Easyjet flight (with hold luggage) from Newcastle to Stansted||£35.49|
|Room at 'Days Inn', services near to Stansted Airport||£39.00|
|Ryanair flight from Stansted to Pau||£69.99|
A lot of the cost for the journey outward could be avoided by buying food rather than meals, however I've included everything I spent - I also chose to spend the first night in Gavarnie in a hotel rather than the campsite, the reasons for this were wanting to revisit the excellent hotel used last year, and it would give me a good early start whatever the weather on the first day.
|Meal at Stansted||£8.04|
|Shuttle bus to and from Stansted||£8.00|
|Bus to Pau railway station||e1.00|
|Rail ticket to Lourdes||e7.50|
|Lunch in Lourdes - 2 hrs to kill so had a relaxed lunch in a Best Western!||e17.00|
|Bus ticket to Luis st Saveur||e7.50|
|Fuel for stove||e2.20|
|Bus to Gavarnie||e2.00|
|Evening meal in Gavarnie||e28.30|
|Accommodation in Gavarnie||e53.00|
I had brought food for Section 3 (9 days) with me from the UK, but not 100% of what was needed, I used the refuges and other places on route to supplement what I carried.
|Campsite - Sandwich, beer and campsite fees||30/07/10||e17.00|
|Refuge de Barroude, soup, omlette, drink||31/07/10||e16.00|
|Camping Forcalla, full evening meal, camp fees, drinks||01/08/10||e28.80|
|Refuge La Soula, meal, accommodation and breakfast||02/08/10||e37.00|
|Refuge Portillon, soup and coffee||03/08/10||e6.50|
|Hospital de Benasque, buffet breakfast!||04/08/10||e9.00|
|Refuge Vielha, breakfast||06/08/10||e6.00|
|Refuge Restanca, sandwich, coffee, orange juice||e14.00|
|Refuge Colomers, tuna salad, soup, coffee, orange juice||07/08/10||e20.00|
|REST DAY AT SALARDU|
|Supermarket - food for Section 4|
|Accommodation - 2 nights, hotel||e84.00|
|Meals - 2 nights, 1 day||e51.00|
|Refuge Certascan, breakfast||12/08/10||e8.70|
I followed the guides recommendation to take the night train to Paris, paid for a berth - a great way to travel and not much more than a Hotel for the night. As I was travelling on a Sunday though there wasn't the opportunity to buy food or a meal until the following morning, in fact when I bought my Eurostar ticket a First Class ticket (which included a meal) was actually cheaper than a standard ticket.
|Night Train to Paris||18/08/10||e106.00|
|Eurostar to London||19/08/10||e149.00|
|British Rail fare to Darlington||19/08/10||£99.40|