Sardinia, Italy

Selvaggio Blu - Trekking Sardinia's Wild Blue Coastline

This unique route has a lot of historical context dating back to the 20th century. Many years back it was an old mule track used by Sardinian shepherds to cut oak trees for charcoal. They used the charcoal for heating back in Italy. These shepherds had to use a lot of climbing skills to chase their goats along the epic exposed coastline between the steep rock walls and many trees. On the difficult sections the shepherds would use make-shift ladders out of juniper logs (or iscala ‘e fustes), which is remarkable considering the conditions they had to face. Today, there are steel cable along these difficult sections but a rope is used to safely access these points. This is why an IFMGA Mountain guide is used to guide this trip.

As there are no huts along this trek, the trip involves camping under the star lit sky on small remote beaches and caves. A light sleeping bag and a sleeping pad are needed for this camping experience. Food arrangements are made by the guide in advanced and will be delivered by boat each evening so you’re well-nourished and hydrated for each day.

The price includes all guide fees and expenses for 5 trekking days, 3 nights 3* hotel accommodation on twin rooms sharing half board, 4 nights wild camping, delivery of food and water provisions each day, boat transfer back to Santa Maria Navarrese and the hire of the technical equipment if needed.

The price does not include flights to and from Sardinia, airport transfers to and from the hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese.  A cash payment needs to be made on arrival to our guide of 40-50€  for the purchase of all food provisions for the wild camping nights, this food will supply for breakfast, lunches, and dinners with water and other drinks available on request.  

We are proud to offer all of our returning customers a £50 discount.

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    • 50L backpack
    • Mid-weight sleeping bag (comfort temperature 5-10 Deg C), please ensure you bring a modern, lightweight, packable sleeping bag, not an old heavyweight one that will fill your rucksack in one go!
    • Sleeping pad (the closed-cell foam mattresses are enough, but if you’re looking for something more comfortable and still super light we recommend the NeoAir Xlite by Thermarest, which takes very little room inside your pack)
    • Climbing harness, a lightweight one that you might use for ski touring is more than suitable.  Please bring 2 big screw gate carabiners of your own.  The guide will provide any other items of climbing kit needed to each person.
    • Head Torch and spear batteries 
    • Mug, plate, and cutlery; should be lightweight and easily packable in your rucksack, Sea to Summit offer a great rage
    • Comfortable hiking/approach shoes with Vibram Sole, better if low ankle. You don’t need proper mountain boots (sandals or flip-flops for the night are useful but not compulsory)
    • Light Gore-Tex jacket
    • Light down jacket
    • Light-weight fleece 
    • 3 t-shirts we recommend a light color (not black) to help keep cool in hot weather  
    • Long hiking trousers
    • Shorts 
    • Underwear and socks – 3 pairs
    • Swimsuit
    • Buff or headband - good idea to bring one for sun protection 
    • Sun hat (a MUST!), beanie, sun lotion and sunglasses
    • Insects repellent and anti-itch cream
    • Light beach towel
    • 2 water flasks, 1L each NO water bladders!
    • Trekking poles - lightweight and that fold into 3 so they are packable e.g. Black Diamond Distance Series
    • Spare battery for charging the phone (every night, once at the beach, there’s phone service. A 10000mAh power bank is more than enough)
  • It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.

    For UK residents Ski Club Travel Insurance may be a suitable option.

    For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
    If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
     

  • There are direct flights to Sardinia's Cagliari Airport (CAG) in the south of the island from London Stanstead with EasyJet and RyanAir.

    Travel time to Santa Maria Navarrese by road from here is 2 hours.

    RyanAir also run flights to Alghero Airport in Sardinia (AHO) daily.  This airport is in the NorthWest of the island, travel time by road is 2 hours 45 minutes.

    There are flights to Olbia Airport in the NorthEast of the island (OLB) direct from Manchester, London Gatwick, London Luton and Bristol all with EasyJet.  Travel time to Santa Maria Navarrese by road from here is 2 hours 40 minutes. 

    We suggest you aim to arrive at either Cagliari or Olbia airports and we can assist with transfer arrangements from there for you or as a group.  It's also possible to take a taxi for around 220€ per car.  There is a public bus service from Cagliari airport which will take around 4 hours to reach Santa Maria Navarrese.  Car hire is also an option from any airport.

  • We work with an Italian IFMGA Mountain Guide who has guided this route and trip many times before, he speaks excellent English.  The guide will provide all group safety equipment needed and arrange the food for the trekking days along with the boat delivery each afternoon. 

     

  • We guide this trip on a maximum of 1:6, we can run the weeks with up to 12 people and 2 guides.
  • Anyone looking to do this trek must fully understand the technical nature of the terrain and the requirement to be able to walk safely along narrow, exposed paths as well as scramble and move on Via Ferrate sections with no bother. You will be required to abseil in a few instances during the trip so a head for heights, sure-footedness and the ability to hike with a reasonably heavy rucksack on for anything from 4-8 hrs per day is essential. Anyone unsure of their level of experience and fitness should contact our sales team to discuss the requirements.
  • We stay in the comfortable Hotel Santa Maria in the town of Santa Maria Navarrese in the east of the island.  The hotel has spacious, comfortable rooms which either overlook their courtyard or garden, twins, double and rooms on single occupancy (for a supplement) are available.

    The hotel restaurant has a beautiful outside eating space where they serve wonderful local cuisine, they also have a great wine cellar! 

    The hotel is airconditioned, has a small fitness center and beautiful gardens in which you can relax. There is wi-fi throughout the hotel. 

    You can view more details on the hotel here http://www.albergosantamaria.it/en/

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