Sardinia Selvaggio Blu Trek

Sardinia - Selvaggio Blu Trek

  • Experience Sardinia’s Supramonte mountains

  • Hike, scramble, abseil and rock climb

  • Rope/ abseil training in a rugged canyon

  • Daily ascents of up to 1000m

  • All accommodation and most meals included

  • One of Sardinia's toughest treks

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Outstanding fully-qualified guides

  • Innovative, largely self-supported trip

  • Bungalow, hotel and bivouac accomm

  • Fully guided trip with luggage support

Sardinia - Selvaggio Blu Trek: Dates and Prices

AT A GLANCE

 

7 nights

6 days' trekking

Group size 4-10

 

Price: £895

 

Join/ end: Olbia

 

Nearest Airport: Olbia 

ACCOMMODATION

2 nights in bungalows

1 hotel night 

4 nights' bivouac (including 1 in a cave)

DIFFICULTY GRADING

10

Extremely tough

Sardinia - Selvaggio Blu Trek: Overview

This is a phenomenal way to get up close and personal with the peaks, trails and beaches of Sardinia’s mountainous Supramonte region. This challenging week-long adventure tops and tails several nights of sleeping out in the wild (bivouac) with comfortable bungalow and hotel accommodation to get you into the heart of the island’s exquisite natural landscapes. This trip will be led by an IFMGA climbing and mountaineering guide and you’ll need to be confident abseiling and climbing at grade IV and above to get the most of this journey. After an initial two nights in a cosy bungalow you’ll begin your wild trek across this unspoiled Mediterranean coastline - with fresh food dropped by boat - before wrapping things up in a comfortable hotel for your group’s final night.

What to expect


This is a tough trek on rough trails with steep climbs and scree descents. Daily distances are between 7km and 12km with ascents and descents of up to 1000m plus abseiling and climbing sections. Mountain stamina for multiple days’ activity, a good height for heights and good aerobic fitness are required. Your bag - including some shared kit - will weigh between 10kg and 15kg. You’ll reunite with your main luggage in the hotel at the end of the trip. Previous experience of climbing and abseiling (putting yourself onto a prepared abseil rope) is essential. Experience of any of the following will be advantageous: via ferrata, wild camping and cooking by stove. Bivouac kit (bivvy bags and large tarpaulin) and some group items are provided and you’ll bring your own personal kit; check inclusions below. Your IFMGA-qualified guide will provide full instruction on the roped sections. A pre-departure training programme is available if required to ensure that all group members arrive physically confident and raring to go. 

Sardinia - Selvaggio Blu Trek: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive into Olbia, Sardinia

Arrival day. There’s an evening transfer from Sardinia’s Olbia Airport to your accommodation for the next two nights. This is a shared bungalow in the pine-tree filled campsite of Cala Gonone, just 200m from the beach. Meet your fully qualified and experienced guide for a meet and greet session and a technical induction.

Accommodation: shared bungalow, dinner not included
Luggage access: yes

Day 2 - Trek to Coda Fuilli canyon, rope skills training session

Today includes a half-day rope skills training session in a rugged and remote canyon in the Supramonte di Baunei region. The series of training abseils will get more challenging, to ensure everyone is confident with abseiling procedures. Get to know your guide and each other before returning to the shared bungalows to explore Cala Gonone on your second evening. Food options for you to try include pizza, local wine and fabulous gelato, Sardinian style. Enjoy this night of ‘luxury’ before tomorrow’s real adventure begins.

Accommodation: shared bungalow, dinner not included
Luggage access: Yes

Activity time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: approx 4km

Altitude ascent/ descent: 50m / 200m

 

Day 3 -  Trek from Pedra Longa to Portu Pedrosu

Transfer to Pedra Longa to begin the trek. Today’s route will take us from Pedra Longa to Portu Pedrosu. It's an enjoyable and relatively non-technical day except for a short upwards scramble (may be roped but in good conditions not normally required - harnesses and ropes will be carried on this day just in case). There's also a bit of excitement when the team has to down climb a short section via a juniper tree attached to the mountainside. Tonight we’ll sleep out (bivouac) beneath the stars, in a small clearing near rocky Portu Pedrosu. Our crew will arrive by boat to deliver water and supplies.

Accommodation: bivouac, meals included
Luggage access: no

Trekking: approx 9 hrs
Distance: 12km
Altitude ascent/ descent: 1200m / 1200m

 

Day 4 - Trek from Portu Pedrosu to Piredda (via Cala Goloritze)

Today, we’ll find juniper branches at well-placed points to aid our progress. This is living local history, as locals have engineered and worked with this hardy tree in this manner for centuries. We’ll come across Sardinian shepherds’ huts en route, called ‘oviles’ and made from, yup, versatile juniper. Going up and over Punta Salinas we'll visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage beach, Cala Goloritzè. We'll generally have a second food stop as there's a final two hours' trekking today (with two roped climbing sections) to take us to our wild bivvy spot up on the plateau at Piredda. The crew will greet and resupply us here via 4x4.

Accommodation: bivouac, meals included
Luggage access: no

Trekking: approx 8.5 hrs

Distance: 12km

Altitude ascent/ descent: 1400m / 900m

 

Day 5 - Pirreda to Bacu su Feilau/ Padente

The more technical climbing and abseiling now begins. The first part of the day we'll trek, dropping down to the sea. There are then a good handful of short abseils (max 20m) scattered across the afternoon before we reach our bivouac point for the night - in a cave. The route will take us from Punta Salinas to Bacu su Felieu with some decent ascent and descent to tackle.

 

Accommodation: bivouac, meals included

Luggage access: No

Trekking: Approx 6 hrs

Distance: 6km

Altitude ascent/ descent: 660m / 1160m 

Day 6 - Trek from Bacu su Feilau/ Padente to Cala Sisine

Today we'll abseil away from our bivouac spot, and trek for a couple of hours. Two longer abseils (approx 40m) punctuate the afternoon and there are some chained sections, climbing sections and short abseils later on. All in day's work! Get your wildlife-spotting hat on for, if lucky, we’ll also see some local Sardinian mouflon (mountain goats), tenacious characters able to negotiate impossibly steep terrain. Gaze down over the Mediterranean’s pristine turquoise waters as we wend our way down for a locally-sourced dinner on the beach. Planned boat resupply.

Accommodation: bivouac, meals included
Luggage access: No

Trekking: Approx 6.5 hrs

Distance: 7km 

Altitude ascent/ descent: 1150m / 1150m

 

Day 7 - Trek from Cala Sisine to Cala Luna

After yesterday's exertions, today is a non-technical day. Sea permitting, the crew will arrive to take the climbing kit to make our day sacks lighter. Enjoy this morning’s final section of the trek as we hike to Cala Luna for a celebratory lunch on the beach. Kick back and relax on the spectacular boat trip over to Cala Gonone to spend the final night at a hotel. You might like to go out for a group meal (not inc.). Get a refreshing night’s sleep in readiness for your trip home tomorrow.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner not included
Luggage access: Yes

Trekking: Approx 3.5 hrs

Distance: 8km

Altitude ascent/ descent: 1200m / 1200m

Day 8 - Departure day

There will be one private group transfer back to Olbia this morning after breakfast. This offers a great opportunity to explore Olbia before heading home. Those on later flights might prefer to spend the day chilling out on the beautiful beach or soaking up the local history, views, culture and culinary treats.

Itinerary note

This itinerary aims to complete the Selvaggio Blu in a relatively self-contained fashion, with minimal resupply points, some of which are dependant on sea conditions. Please be aware that if the sea does not permit small vessels to land on beaches as planned, then more food and water will need to be carried, and Day 7 could potentially involve heavier day sacks. 

Included

  • All accommodation - on a shared basis at the bungalows/ hotel and bivvy bags and large tarpaulin when sleeping on the trek

  • All breakfasts and lunches

  • Four evening meals (see opposite)

  • All transport detailed in the itinerary

  • Kit: ropes, bivouac, cooking stoves

  • Fully qualified & experienced UIAGM mountaineering guide

  • One group arrival/ departure transfer

Not Included

  • Three evening meals (on the first two nights and on the final night)

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

Sardinia - Selvaggio Blu Trek: Book Online

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