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.
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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.
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.
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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 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/
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.