9th - 15th May 2020
The Selvaggio Blu is a 5-day 'extreme trek', involving abseiling, scrambling, and steep climbs, along the isolated, mountainous coastline of Sardinia, with the turquoise sea a constant presence below.
Duration: 7 days | Location: Sardinia | Distance: 35km | Price: from £969
The Selvaggio Blu (the "Wild Blue") is a stunningly beautiful, 'extreme trek', along the remote coast of Sardinia. The route - which follows the line of the sea - was developed in 1987 by two Italian mountaineering guides. It crosses thick forests, hidden caves and deep canyons, and combines hiking with climbing and abseiling, with an opportunity to cool off in the pristine water each day.
Considered one of the most gruelling and challenging treks in the world, the Selvaggio Blu covers over 35 kilometers end-to-end, following former mule paths and abandoned trails along the rugged cliffs and rocks that define Sardinia’s coast. Whilst relatively unknown, it's an endurance adventure that can easily stand shoulder-to-shoulder with higher-profile treks.
Each day starts at sunrise and ends with a meal prepared on location by a logistics team that comes to meet the group in each camping spot. Unforgettable nights will be spent under the stars - on beaches, in caves or in abandoned shepherds' refuges.
This exciting new Explorers Connect trip will be hosted by the inimitable Luca - winner of Wanderlust ‘Expedition Leader of the Year' award in 2012, fluent Italian speaker, and qualified paramedic - great skills to ensure a fun, safe, challenging adventure in Sardinia. Luca has worked with Explorers Connect from our early days and shares in our ethos of adventure changing the world for the better. He has led many trips and courses with us, including our prestigious Adventure and Expedition Medicine Course, and scrambling weekends in years gone by.
Ivan - a highly-qualified, local, English-speaking mountain guide - will lead the trip, with decades of experience navigating the route under his belt. The meticulous logistical support will be provided by Cooperativa Goloritze.
As with all Explorers Connect trips, every detail has been carefully considered to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, and to bring to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends. Find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here.
Day 1: Saturday 9th May - Arrival in Sardinia
The meeting point for Saturday afternoon is the Rifugio Cooperativa Goloritze (circa 2.5 hrs drive from either Olbia or Cagliari airports), where you'll meet your guides - and the rest of the group - for a welcome briefing and a hearty dinner made with fresh, local produce before settling down for the night in the tents provided. Airport transfers from either Cagliari or Olbia can be arranged nearer to your arrival date.
Day 2: Sunday 10th May - Pedra Longa to Ginnirco
For your first day of the trek, you will be eased into things gently. After a good breakfast at the base (tea, coffee, fruit, bread, jam, fresh ricotta and honey - all locally produced), you'll head to the start point where you can take a dip in the sea before embarking on the day’s 6 hour hike. You’ll cover 6km and gain 800m, but with no scrambling or abseils just yet. As soon as you reach the first camp, you'll be met by the logistics team who will prepare a freshly cooked meal on the spot - again made from local produce. The camp spot for the first night of the trek will be an unattended refuge.
Day 3: Monday 11th May - Gennirco to Portu Pedrosu
The second day of the trek is again designed to get you into the swing of things gently. After breakfast, you'll set off for another 6 hour hike, to cover 5km and to gain 200m, but this time the route will involve a short amount of scrambling to get people used to a slightly tougher terrain. Dinner, as before, will be served at the next camp. The camp spot for this night is special: a little cove called Portu Pedrosu. Gilthead bream or sea bass will be cooked over an open fire, with tent spaces by the shore and in the wood - just 50m away.
Day 4: Tuesday 12th May - Portu Petrosu to Arcu e Su Tasaru
On the third day of the trek, you'll be stepping up a gear, with a 9 hour hike covering 11km and gaining 600m, with plenty of scrambling on route. You will, however, have the opportunity to cool down with a swim in the sea at lunchtime at Cala Goloritze. The camp spot for this night will be in beautiful woodland.
Day 5: Wednesday 13th May - S'Arcu de su Tesaru to Ololbissi
Day four of the hike is a big one. Over 8 hours you'll cover 6.5km, gain 1000m, navigate some long and severe scrambling, and complete FIVE abseils. Again, you’ll have the chance for a lunchtime swim at Cala Mudaloru. You'll certainly have earned your dinner by the end of the day, and the camp spot for this night will again be luscious woodland.
Day 6: Thursday 14th May - Bacu su Feilau to Cala Sisine
The final and fifth day of hiking is another challenging one. Over 8 hours, you'll cover 8km, gain 465m, perform more severe scrambling, and complete four abseils. A perfect end to a great adventure, which will finish up at Cala Sisine - a large, sandy beach. The camp spot for this final night will be beneath some beautiful and immense Olm Oaks.
Day 7: Friday 15th May - Departure
After breakfast, you can either go straight back to the airport, or stay on for the weekend to enjoy the big blue that's been so tantalisingly close the whole week. We can advise on where to go, and you'll have access to a private Facebook group before the adventure, in case you'd like to make arrangements with others from the group.
The Selvaggio Blu is open to anyone who is in good physical shape, who is comfortable walking for 5 days on steep and very uneven terrain, descend scree, and who has no fear of heights. Some abseiling experience is preferable.
Getting to Sardinia is fairly easy, with three main airports in Cagliari, Olbia, and Alghero. The meeting point for Saturday afternoon is Rifugio Cooperativa Goloritze - circa 2.5 hrs drive from either Olbia or Cagliari.
We can arrange outbound transfers from Cagliari and Olbia for an additional cost of £65 per person.
After the trek, you are very welcome to stay on for the weekend to enjoy the big blue that's been so tantalisingly close the whole week. We can advise you on some very special places to visit.
Please note that in some camp spots on the trek, there is a limited number of tent spaces. In particular, on the second night of the trek - at Portu Pedrosu - we will try to have 2 people sleeping in each tent due to space available. However, if this causes anyone any concern then we will find a workaround.
Here is a link to our standard hiking kit list. It's worth noting that you'll be trekking in hot, dry weather for the most part. One thing to note is that you'll need to your own sleeping bag on the trip.
You'll also need a tent and a sleeping mat. You're very welcome to bring your own, or you can hire a two man tent & sleeping mat/s for £10 per day. Just let us know what you’d like to do once you’ve booked and we’ll make the necessary arrangements.
Via Ferrata equipment is included in the cost of the trip: helmet, ropes, and a Via Ferrata kit itself. You will need your own climbing harness, see below.
Experienced and highly-qualified, English-speaking mountain guide
Wonderfully friendly, highly-experienced host (and qualified medic)
Transport to trek starting point, and collection at end
Daily delivery of water, transfer of kit, and collection of waste
Logistical support ready for retreat
Breakfasts, packed lunches, and freshly-cooked local dinners
All safety equipment required including helmet, ropes, and Via Ferrata kit (you will need to bring your own climbing harness)
Camaraderie of a friendly group
International return flights to Sardinia
Private group minibus transfer from Olbia / Cagliari airports (outbound transfer an optional extra at £65 per person)
Personal travel insurance
Tent & sleeping mat (you’re welcome to bring your own, or they are available for hire, £10 per day.)
Climbing harness (if you’re a climber, you will probably already have your own, or they’re available for as little as £30. More info will be sent about this, ensure your equipment meets (European standards EN12277 Type C).
DATES AND PRICES
Dates: This adventure runs from Saturday 9th May to Friday 15th May, 2020
Price: £1,009 (member price: £979)
Earlybird: Book before 1st November 2019 and get £30 off
Deposit: £350 to secure your space. A second payment of £350 is then due 25th November with the remaining balance due 12 weeks before departure date.
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