New Trip: Wild Canyons of the Supramonte
Sat 26th September to Sunday 04th October 2020
This is a brand new trip for 2020 that I have been planning and researching during my explorations of the Supramonte with friends and solo adventures.
It is a six day supported trek from a beautiful mountain lodge high above Oliena to the Orosei coastline close to Cala Sisine. This journey links some of the most impressive and adventurous canyons of the Supramonte of Sardinia, taking in plenty of local culture and history along the way. Our first and last days are in hotel-style accommodation but whilst on our wild adventure we will make camp in local shepherd huts, a campsite at the pass of Genna Silana and (depending on the weather) under canvass or out under the stars.
To enjoy this unforgettable adventure you need to be fit enough to carry a day-sack for 8-9 hours for six days. You need to have a head for heights, have some previous experience abseiling, be sure footed and a heart open to adventure. This is a journey where you can be both challenged and inspired and one that may very well make you fall in love with this remarkable island.
This is wilder, quieter and more challenging than the classic selvaggio blu trail; and an ideal trip for anyone who enjoyed that journey and is open to setting the adventure bar a little higher!
We descend in a series of spectacular abseils the canyons of Pentomas above the Lanaitho valley and part of the Flumineddu, which leads into the famous Gorropu Gorge; one of the deepest and most impressive gorges in Europe. We have a chance to explore the important bronze-age cave settlement at Tiscali, nestled high in its protective cliffs above the Lanaitho valley, as well as seeing the remains of several prominent towers from the Nuraghic civilisation.
Later in our journey we camp high on the Supramonte plateau on the lip of another deep gorge which we descend using a famous shepherds passage which traverses a near verticle cliff-face at mid height called S’Istrada Longa. Our journey culminates in series of challenging abseils which allow entry to a hidden cave system through which we reach the sea. Here we have one final choice… to make the journey home to Cala Gonone by sea-kayak or by boat- depending on the sea state and how much energy we have left! 🙂