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Hiking through the east coast of Sardinia

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Paolo, IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you on this 8-day hike along the east coast of Sardinia, in the mythical and difficult Selvaggio Blu!

Not specified

8 Days

Aug, Sep, Oct


Description

Join me in this incredible hiking trip through the wild east coast of Sardinia. Selvaggio Blu is one of the most difficult treks in Europe.

The itinerary runs along the whole gulf of Orosei, from Baunei to Cala Gonone. In fact, it's a full immersion into the dense Mediterranean bush. We will progress among among impressive rocky walls and steep canals. These paths take us to white and golden sandy beaches.

Indeed, it will be a long and challenging week. The activities include crossing the dense vegetation, rappelling by ropes and climbing through easy passages in rock. But not everything is hard work. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a swim during each day of the swim.

All of this will give us moments of intense adventure and strong emotions. During the journey we will enjoy breathtaking views over extraordinary landscapes, and bivouacs along the moonlight shore.

The trip is 8 days long, of which we will hike during 6 days. For more details please check the itinerary below.

Are you tempted by this unique and challenging program? Then don't hesitate to contact me! This is a once in a lifetime experience that we can live together. I also love hiking in the Alps during the summer. Check out this hiking trip around Monte Rosa!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Leaving from Genova with ferry boat, we arrive in Olbia and transfer to the hut on the Baunei Mountains. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Pedra Longa

We leave from S. Maria Navarrese for the first step along the coast, (possibility to have a swim). We go through Pedra Longa and go up until Cuile Us Piggius. Dinner and overnight in tents.
D +800m
Duration: 4:30-5:30 hours
Easy path

Day 3: Cuile Us Piggius - Portu Quau

Amazing route with many panoramic views and impressive steps through juniper stairs equipped by shepherds. Dinner and overnight in tents.
D +210/-835m
Duration: 4-5hours
Distance: 7km
Medium path

Day 4: Portu Quau - Cala Goloritzè

A path with different panoramic points overlooking the sea with amazing views on the Orosei Gulf and Cala Goloritzè. Dinner and overnight in tents.
D +/-565m
Duration: 6-7 hours
Distance: 7km
Medium path

Day 5: Cala Goloritzè – Ololbissi

This is the most challenging part of the trek, but very impressive and of great satisfaction. A path with easy climbing trails and 5 rappels (4 short about 15 m and 1 of about 23 m). Dinner and overnight in tents.
D +1000/-700m
Duration: 7-8 hours
Distance: 7km
Difficult path

Day 6: Ololbissi - Cala Sisine

A path with climbing trails (IV) and 4 rappels. Dinner in a restaurant, overnight in tents.
D +200/-500m
Duration: 4-5 hours
Distance: 6km
Difficult path

Day 7: Cala Sisine - Cala Luna

A very easy path with final swim in the beautiful Cala Luna Bay. Return to Santa Maria Navarrese with boat and transfer to the mountain hut; dinner and overnight.
D +825m
Duration: 4-5 hours
Distance: 8km
Easy path

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Olbia and leaving with ferry boat or plane.

 

Details

Accommodation

- First and last day: refuge. - Tents

More info

Group size: 6 to 10 people.

Lunch on the first and last day is not included. Transportation by plane or ferry to Sardinia is not included.


About the guide

Strange to say, I began my climbing career after I left behind my valley and my own mountains.


When I finished high school I moved to Turin, in order to get a mechanical engineer degree.
There I started to climb on a little indoor wall at the University Sport Centre and, very soon, I found myself dreaming on the greatest alps walls. I lived adventures made of fun, fatigue and satisfaction, I shared them with many friends who became climbing partners as well.


In Turin I got my degree and I worked for some years as a mechanical engineer consultant but, more than that, I discovered a new way to live and look at the mountains: sometimes they became playgrounds with attractions for everyone, sometimes a shelter, where to find myself again.


Meanwhile, an idea started to grow inside me and became a dream; a dream I would never give up: working in an office as big as the alps!


Making the long story short, I applied for the mountain guide training, had a huge professional development and became a UIAGM mountain guide.


Now I’m working full-time as a mountain guide, sharing my passion with a lot of different people on the Alps, since I'm based in the Monte Rosa area, but also around the world.

Languages

Italian | French | English

Residence

Alagna Valsesia, Piedmont


What people are saying about Paolo Zanoli

Nicholas and Digby

5.00

January, 2022

I just wanted to thank you very much for all the help in the difficult snow conditions.  The primary aim of teaching Digby and reminding me of avalanche protocols and about skinning have been fully achieved.  You made it all fund, clear and precise. Too bad we had poor conditions, but we still found some reasonable snow and mashed an awesome couloir, so we did really well considering. So thank you very much and only sorry that we could not make full use of you for the full five days.

Steven Jeanty

5.00

August, 2021

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Frans Blommestein

5.00

July, 2021

Our Guide Massimo was very professional. We were heading to the Margharita hut at 4,559 meters but unfortunately one of us got mountain sickness at 4,100 at Piramide Vincent. Furthermore the weather was getting worse...lots of wind and snow starting. Our guide was very firm and 'advised' to go back to the Mantova hut. We were extremely lucky because a few hours later the storm was very bad and as people may have heart, 2 Italian ladies died at Primade Vincent from the cold . So Massimo thanks for your perseverance!

Nienke

5.00

August, 2020

We had an amazing climbing experience which was primarily duw to the excellent and experienced guide (Marco and Paolo). High calibre individuals wgo really care about the group’s well being and pushing the tea. To their limits in a good way. The only comment we have is the primitive toilet facilities and lack of water to wash up at Margerita hutte.

Eilish McConville

5.00

July, 2019

Marco helped arrange for our group to have 2 amazing guides: Paolo and Pietro. We were a large group of 11 people with no glacier crossing experience as well as variable fitness and comfort levels. Our guides brought all the necessary equipment and made sure that safely was a priority. They helped give extra support to those in the group that needed assistance. There is a brand new route to the Monte Rosa Hutte (open since mid-June 2019). Our guides hadn't taken the new route yet and took us on the old route on the way up to the hut. After having a day to gauge the group ability, and gathering more information about the new route at the hut, we did the new route on the way back to Zermatt. Everyone in the group had a great time.

Arielle Falcone

5.00

March, 2018

Our guide was Pietro and not marco like we initially thought. Pietro was awesome, it is all about his clients and most importantly safety. We did two runs and it was an incredible experience. Guide is a must to explore the hidden spots because Monterosa ski is massive.

James Miller

5.00

February, 2018

PAOLO was an amazing guide. This trip was the “craziest” experience of our groups lives. We saw incredible terrain, had great snow, and challenged ourselves. Highly recommend

Lorne Brown

5.00

February, 2018

We had a fablupus day. We were initially booked with Marco but due to the weather we went later in the week and Marco wasn't available. We had another guide called Paolo Tombini and he was very good, very professional and good company.


 

 

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