Selvaggio Blu (Wild Blue Trek)

Type: Trekking
Guiding: UIAGM mountain guide
Duration: 7 Days
Cost: € 800
Departure date: 27/04/2015 & 04/10/2015 confirmed!

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The wildest and most beautiful trek in Italy. 6 days on rugged terrain winding along the Orosei Gulf

Defined as the wildest trek in Italy, “Selvaggio Blu” probably is also the most original and beautiful one. The valleys from the inland open their way to the sea shaping beautiful coves where you will be able to refresh almost every day.
This trek that goes from the town of Santa Maria Navarrese to the beach of Cala Sisine, follows, from south to north, the coastline of one of the most beautiful gulfs of the Mediterranean sea: the Orosei Gulf. The panoramas and sceneries offered can not be found in other places in Sardinia. The terrain is rocky and uneven and in some places where rocks close the way, easy climbs and rappels will be necessary.
People with long experience in journeys, alpine expeditions and explorations in the world, always said that this trek is surprisingly fascinating and unique, and also for the “normal” excursionist this itinerary always overcomes the expectations regarding the beauty, becoming an experience that goes further than the normal hike with the backpack on the shoulders.
The programme includes accommodation under the stars, in other words bivouacs without tents or different shelters. Apart from the first night there will be always the possibility of a refreshing bath in the sea at the end of each day. Deposits of food and water will be organised by the guide prior to the trip.
To participate on this trek you need to be a hiker in good health and fitness and to be capable to hike with a heavy backpack on your shoulders (max. 12kg).
The problems of orientation are not to be underrated and makes this trek the most challenging hike in Italy. That is why we only offer it accompanied by a professional alpine guide who knows the area well.

Daily Programme

Variations in the itinerary could occur due to weather conditions and the fitness level of the participants. The time references are actual walking and climbing times and do not include rest or lunch stops in rifugi.
1° day - Arrival
Meeting with the guide in the afternoon in the town of Santa Maria Navarrese. Briefing of the trip.
Accommodation: Hotel D
2° day - Santa Maria – Pedralonga - Portu Quau (ca. 7 h)
Hike from Santa Maria to Pedralonga - rocky spire on the coast on an easy and panoramic trail along the coast. The trek keeps on the climb of the dolomitic ledge of Punta Giradili that takes us to the fascinating Cuile Duspiggius, a sheepfold perched over the cliffs overlooking the sea. After this we reach first Portu Pedrosu and then Portu Quau. These are two beautiful small fjords surrounded by grey limestone that
Accommodation: Bivouac FB
3° day - Portu Quau - Cala Goloritze (ca. 4 h)
The first part of the day is spent walking on the edge of the 200-m cliffs over the sea. After a demanding hike up on loose gravel and rocks we arrive to the top of Punta Salinas (466 m) one of the best viewpoint of the whole coast. A fast descent brings to the stunning white and blue cove of Cala Goloritzè dominated by
Accommodation: Bivouac FB
4° day - Cala Goloritze - Bacu Mudaloro
Early in the morning we face one of the most difficult parts of the trek, the Boladina Canyon with its 40-m rocky gully to climb. After this we ascent a gravel slope and another wall with some easy climbing. The valley opens and we hike in a beautiful forest alonge the ridge (530m). We descend towards the sea, and again we have to put on our climbing gear and do a short stretch of abseiling (15m).We hike then towards the ancient cole making place of Bacu Mudaloro where we will stay this evening. Possibility of a bath in the
Accommodation: Bivouac FB
5° day - Bacu Mudaloro - Cala Biriola
We ascent a steep gravel slope and enter the forest which followsthe ridge. We reach a highplateau and continue along a vertical ridge hiking with one hand on a iron cable. We entre a valley closed by high and steep rockwalls which is a fascinating place. We arrive at 70m above Cala Biriola and can now chose to descend with the ropes 45m down to the beach and take a bath. The descend is exhilirating and makes a marvellous outing of the day. After the swim in the sea short ascent to the bivouac....
Accommodation: Bivouac FB
6° day - Cala Biriola - Cala Sisine
A thin stretch of land squeezed between high rock walls and the sea, interrupted by a short vertical step is today’s playground. We continue as yesterday looking for the best passages between rocks and woods until Cala Sisine. Here we will be met by the boat and transferrred back to Santa Maria Navarrese where we will have our farewell dinner together.
Accommodation: Hotel FB
7° day - Departure
Breakfast and departure
Accommodation: B

Cost includes
UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide, hotel accommodation (day 1 and 7), meals as noted during the trekking, daily luggage and food transfer.

Inscription cost
Medical - luggage insurance (€ 15).

Does not include
Transfers to and from S. Maria Naverrese (to/from airports or jetties), extras.

Equipment
Back pack 50/60 litres, Sleeping bag (middleweight 0/+5°C), mattress, harness, Locking Carabineer, rope of 2m diameter min. 7mm, head torch, cup, plate, fork, knife, spoon, water bottle, trekking shoes (the ones you use usually), sandals, 3-4 white t-shirts (or bright colours), 3 pairs of socks and underwear, poncho/rain jacket (useful also for emergency refuge in case of rain the first 2 nights where there are no natural shelters), 10m of thin twine, hat, sun blocker and sun glasses, insect repellent, towel, the necessary for personal hygiene, little first aid kit, NO hiking sticks (not prohibited) seen the nature of the terrain.

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