4.9
| 27 reviews

Trek the Selvaggio Blu Trail in Sardinia

6 nights
Tough

Tackle Italy's most challenging trek – a 40km trail with 4200m of vertical gain, five abseils and two via ferratas over five days

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with a certified, English-speaking mountain guide, plus a logistical support team

Mountain hut & Wild camping

1 night in a mountain hut, 5 nights wild camping

Meals

Munch on tasty meals throughout

Transfers

Airport and local transfers, with jeeps to transport your overnight luggage and camping gear

Equipment

All your climbing, via ferrata and abseiling kit, plus camping gear (excluding sleeping bag)

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 27 reviews
Selvaggio Blue
June 2024
Jonathan T.
Selvaggio Blue
June 2024
Jonathan T.
Selvaggio Blue
June 2024
Jonathan T.
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
June 2024
Jo F.
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
June 2024
Jo F.
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
June 2024
Jo F.
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
June 2024
Jo F.
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
June 2024
Jo F.
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
June 2024
Jo F.
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
June 2024
Jo F.
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
May 2024
Stuart I.
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
May 2024
Stuart I.
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
May 2024
Stuart I.
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
May 2024
Stuart I.
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
May 2024
Stuart I.
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
May 2024
Stuart I.
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
May 2024
Stuart I.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
An amazing adventure!
May 2024
Louise T.
A once in a lifetime, incredible trip.
May 2024
Maeve G.
A once in a lifetime, incredible trip.
May 2024
Maeve G.
A once in a lifetime, incredible trip.
May 2024
Maeve G.
A once in a lifetime, incredible trip.
May 2024
Maeve G.

Test your limits with thrilling climbs, scrambles and abseils as you traverse vertical sea cliffs

Hike across impenetrable forests, teetering rock arches and narrow chasms on this wild and adventurous route

Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Cala Sisine and Cala Golotizè, and cruise along Sardinia's dreamy coastline

Immerse yourself in the wilderness and camp under the stars, by beaches, caves or abandoned shepherds’ huts

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Sardinia!

Cala Gonone beach, Sardinia. Photo: GettyImages-1247800638

Touch down in Cagliari Airport and transfer to Sardinia's eastern coast. Your home for the night is a secluded mountain hut on the Golgo plateau, tucked into the Mediterranean scrub and surrounded by wild mountains. Settle in and meet your mountain guide for a trip briefing and equipment check. Time permitting, you may be able to stretch your legs with a short hike around the grounds of the hut, visiting a typical sheepfold and an ancient Sardinian megalith, built by the Nuragic civilisation thousands of years ago. This evening you'll feast on mouthwatering Sardinian specialities, before getting some rest ahead of your epic adventure.

Day 2

Into the wild: Santa Maria Navarrese to Monte Ginnirco

Hiking

7hrs · 13km · 1050m up · 180m down

Fuel up on breakfast and take a short transfer to Santa Maria Navarrese. Your path from there will soon reach Pedra Longa, named after the imposing rocky spire emerging from the sea and the official start point of the Selvaggio Blu ('Wild Blue') trek. From here, you'll leave civilisation and fully immerse yourself in some of the wildest and most impenetrable landscapes Italy has to offer. Set off along a relatively easy panoramic trail and get the first glimpse of the glittering sea. Continue up the steep rocky ledge of Punta Giradili, one of Sardinia’s finest sea cliffs. From the top, the views over the Arbatax Gulf and the peaks of the Gennargentu hinterland will take your breath away. Set camp in the forest, and tuck into a bountiful Sardinian dinner.

Day 3

Vertical heights: Monte Ginnirico to the Genna 'e Mudrecu Ridge

Hiking

7hrs · 13km · 710m up · 1100m down

Grab breakfast and pack your picnic lunch before handing your overnight gear to the local team, who will transport it to the next camping spot for you. Test your stamina as you hike on the edge of a 200m cliff, high above the sea. Following the Capo Monte Santo crag, power through a steep, zig-zagging trail – eyes peeled for the rare Eleonora's Falcon – until you reach the beautiful limestone fjord of Portu Pedrosu. Jump into the water for a refreshing swim and enjoy your lunch break on such a magical camping spot. Follow the mule track through thick forests of Holly Oaks and Junipers, passing at the edge of high panoramic cliffs and by abandoned shepherd's huts. Reach the top of a panoramic ridge, where 4WDs will drop the luggage and you'll make camp. Enjoy another typical Sardinian dinner and a magical camping spot.

Day 4

To Su Porteddu via Goloritzè Cove

Hiking

9hrs · 8.5km · 620m up · 550m down

Wake up early this morning to witness the sun rising from the sea. Lace up your boots and get ready for a day of easier climbs and via ferrata. Hike towards Punta Salinas, overlooking the Orosei Gulf – fringed by limestone cliffs. A steep descent will lead you to the famous crystal clear waters of Cala Goloritzè, a white stretch of beach overlooked by the iconic Punta Caroddi, a 128m rock needle which has become a mecca for international climbers. Spend a few hours at the beach to relax and swim in the crystal clear sea. Getack on a trail, but not for long – more wild terrain is looming behind the trees. Climb a section of scree and tackle a 30m via ferrata with spectacular views, continuing on until you reach the campsite Su Porteddu, where you'll camp for the night.

Day 5

An adventurous route to Bacu Padente

Hiking

8hrs · 13km · 450m up · 970m down

Rise early and get ready to tackle the next exhilarating stage of the Selvaggio Blu. You'll cross some difficult terrain, which includes a section of abseiling (23m). It is, however, incredibly beautiful as you'll explore some of the hidden gems of Sardinia's east coast and experience its primordial beauty. You'll be traversing exposed passages with dizzying views over the emerald sea, glimpsing unforgettable views of limestone cliffs and white beaches. Tonight, you'll set camp near Su Padente Canyon and celebrate your efforts with a fantastic meal in the wilderness.

Day 6

Trek, climb and abseil to Cala Sisine

Hiking

6hrs · 8km · 620m up · 860m down

The final push! Today's final stage will involve another demanding section as you traverse unforgettable wild scenery and mountaineering passages. You'll tackle four roped descents (from 25m to 45m), as well as a 40-metre section on a via ferrata. Your efforts will be repaid once you reach your final destination and the end point of the trek: the dreamy cove of Cala Sisine. Set by the rocky promontory of Punta Plummare, the beach is a top contender for one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. Enjoy a celebratory dip in the crystal clear water, then toast your epic achievement with a farewell dinner at a nearby campsite, where you'll spend the night.

Day 7

Aaaand relax...

Sailing, Sardinia. Photo: GettyImages-1277974736

Sailing

1.5hrs

Congratulations, you've completed the hardest trek in Italy and had one of the most unforgettable adventures of your lifetime. Spend the morning relaxing with a well-deserved lie in, or soothe your muscles with a reinvigorating swim at Cala Sisine. Explore the beach or just hang out before you embark on a 90-minute boat ride along the coast you just traversed by foot, passing pristine coves and secluded beaches. Your transfer will depart from Santa Maria Navarrese mid-afternoon, and will take you back to the airport in time for your evening flight home. Arrivederci!

Day 1

Mountain hut · Multi share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 6

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Without doubt, meals will be a highlight of the adventure. The trek is fully sported by a fantastic local team who take care of all the food preparation, along with kit and luggage porterage. In the morning you'll enjoy a good breakfast which usually includes a choice of tea, coffee, milk, homemade cakes, bread, butter and local jams. You'll also be provided with a packed lunch before setting off for the hike, usually featuring freshly baked bread with a choice of cured meats and cheese, vegetables and fruit. Each evening at the camp, you are in for a treat with a range of delicious Sardinian specialities, including appetisers (cheese, cured meat and roasted vegetables), a main course (meat, pasta) and side dishes – the perfect way to refuel after a challenging day of activity. In addition, you'll be able to enjoy complimentary wine, liqueurs and sweets.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Altopiano del Golgo

You'll spend your first night at the welcoming and friendly mountain hut Rifugio Cooperative Goloritzé, the official base of the Selvaggio Blu trek. You'll be sleeping in small bungalows (usually accommodating 2-4 people) with shared bathrooms and showers. In the evening, you can relax and socialise with your fellow adventurers in the small bar and restaurant, which serves typical local specialities and delicious local wines.

Wild camping

For five nights of the trip you will sleep under the stars in twin-share tents in the Sardinian wilderness, far away from any sign of civilisation. All your camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, overnight luggage, cooking kit, water, etc.) will be transported by a local team using a 4x4, so you won't need to carry this with you on the trek, however you will be expected to pitch your own tent. Your local guide can assist where needed.

Upgrades

For solo travellers wanting their own personal space, you can request your own private tent for five nights (subject to availability). The solo upgrade is not available at the mountain hut due to limited capacity. See Optional Extras for prices.

This trip has been rated as Tough

A good level of fitness is required, as you'll be out for up to 10 hours a day in a difficult environment – moving over challenging terrain and ascending considerable heights. You must be confident walking on steep and very uneven terrain, scrambling and descending on scree. Having a head for heights and good balance is absolutely crucial, as you'll be traversing many narrow paths and exposed sections next to vertical drops. The route and terrain, therefore, requires great stamina, so previous trekking experience on difficult mountain terrain is preferable (although not essential). You'll be fully supported by a team of local guides who will take care of the equipment porterage for you, so you'll be hiking only with your daily backpack. You'll sleep five nights in the forest, away from any trace of civilisation or comfort, so an adventurous spirit and adaptability are crucial for the enjoyment of this unique experience.

You don’t have to know how to abseil. Your professional mountain guide will take care of all rope manoeuvres. You just have to relax and carefully follow their instructions. You also don’t have to be a trained climber, but you should have good balancing skills and be confident climbing easy sections of rock. The only essential requirement is that you are not overly afraid of heights, as along the trek you will often have to scramble on scree and leaning rock walls. More difficult climbing passages are equipped with fixed ropes and will require you to wear a harness and via ferrata kit (which will be provided by your host).

What if i need to skip an activity?

You would have to complete the daily hike to get to the final destination and camping spot, but if you wish to take a rest day and prefer to skip a stage of the trek, you can! Each day, a transfer will reach the group in the evening to deliver luggage and dinner, and another transfer in scheduled in the morning to bring breakfast and pick up your luggage again. After breakfast, you may decide jump on the 4x4 and get a lift to the mountain hut where you can take a day off at leisure. In the evening, you can then jump in the same vehicle and rejoin the group, continuing the trek the following day.

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a larger duffel bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you to each camp spot, and then a small daysack to carry personal items during each day of hiking.

Due to safety reasons and challenging nature of the trek, the trip cannot run during the hottest summer months of July and August. From May to June and September to October the daytime temperatures in Sardinia range from 22–30°C and cool off to 13–18°C at night, making this the ideal season for hiking. Unseasonable weather is possible at any time of year, but your guide will be assessing the weather conditions daily and will plan the walking times, routes and schedules accordingly. Rain is uncommon, so you're sure to get a lot of sun.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Cagliari Airport

13:30 on Day 1

Ends

Cagliari Airport

18:00 on Day 7

Transfers

A group airport transfer is included on Day 1 which will depart Cagliari Airport around 13:30. It will take just over two hours to reach the mountain hut located in the Altopiano del Golgo, halfway between Cagliari and Olbia. Your return transfer will arrive at Cagliari Airport at around 18:00 on Day 7, so you'll need to book flights departing from 20:00 onwards.

It will be difficult to use public transport to reach the start point of the trek independently if you chose to travel at different times or from/to Olbia, so we strongly recommend taking advantage of the set group transfers from/to Cagliari.

Private transfers can also be arranged on request – see Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are regular direct flights to Cagliari from airports in London and Europe. Alternatively, you can also search for indirect flights via Rome or Milan – it’s often easier to search for two single flights (with connection in Milan or Rome) rather than a return.

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What's included?

  • Twin-share tent
  • Inflatable mattress
  • All your abseiling, climbing and via ferrata equipment (helmet, harness, via ferrata kit and ropes)

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack (preferrably waterproof or with rain cover) put your tent, sleeping bag, and spare clothes in to. When filled with all your items, this bag should weigh no more than 15kg
  • Daypack (30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for kitbag or rucksack/drybags

CLOTHES

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Trekking shoes with a hard sole
  • 5 or 6 t-shirts and changes of underwear
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts (bear in mind these may get damaged on the rocky passages)
  • Trekking socks
  • Swimwear and light towel
  • Hat, glasses, and sun-cream
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sandals

SLEEPING

  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping bag (all season)
  • Travel pillow or pillowcase

OTHER

  • Knife, fork, and spoon plus a plate and a cup for meals
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent (strongly recommended!)
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch with spare batteries
  • Reusable water bottle x2 (1.5-2 litre)
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Tent Upgrade (5 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Tent Upgrade (5 nights)

Private Arrival Transfer Cagliari airport - Rifugio Cooperativa Goloritzè

Payable Before Departure

Private Arrival Transfer Cagliari airport - Rifugio Cooperativa Goloritzè

Private Departure Transfer S. Maria Navarrese - Cagliari airport

Payable Before Departure

Private Departure Transfer S. Maria Navarrese - Cagliari airport

Martynas(June 2024)
One of the best trips I've done

An excellent guide, a lovely group of people, great weather, incredible views, rugged terrain guaranteed to burn a few calories, 5 days spent in the elements, and feeling one with nature - what else could I ask for? Came back to my everyday life completely invigorated, with memories that will last a lifetime.

Jonathan T.(June 2024)
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Selvaggio Blue

What a trip! I normally organise my own adventures so I had my reservations about a guided trip but this exceeded all expectations. It was really well organised and yet still really adventurous and wild. The food and drink was all local and a real highlight at the end of a tough day . Ivan is a great guide and makes you feel like you on an adventure with a mate not some organised tour . I can’t recommend this trip enough .

Heidi D.(June 2024)
Amazing

Amazing trip, fun challenging and breath-taking.... our guide Ivan was the best!

Jo F.(June 2024)
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!
This trip needs to be on your bucket list!

Wow. Utterly brilliant trip. Ivan is officially the world’s best guide with such in-depth knowledge of the route & its history (cool gruesome stories!). He paced it perfectly for our group. Nicely challenging route, stunning scenery, daily swims, great banter, amazing food, plentiful wine, warm water ‘shower’ each evening. Who could ask for more? So highly recommended.

Stuart I.(May 2024)
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu
Stunning adventure in the Wild Blu

This was truly an epic escape from the real world, with 5 days of laughter, wild camping, trekking, sea swimming, scrambling, via ferrata and abseiling, in the very safe hands of our guide, Ivan.

I had totally forgotten about the real world within a day and whilst this was a real adventure in the Sardinian coastal wilderness, it always felt well-paced and chilled.

The terrain is rough with lots of loose rock, so lightweight ankle-high shoes helped. Be prepared for a decent amount of exposure and scrambling....but that's the fun part after all!

Ivan has lots of great (and macabre) stories about Sardinia and he is an expert at picking the best lunchtime swimming spots! ....I'd be shocked if you've seen better spots. You'll also get to enjoy a lot of traditional Sardinian cuisine....just don't fill up too much on the pasta course.

The organisation with supplies for the wild campsites is spot on and make sure you embrace the panoramic au natural shower spot at camp 4!

I feel very lucky to have had an awesome group of people to share the experience with and who made it as fun as it was.

Thanks MBA and Ivan!

Jack M.(May 2024)
Selvaggio Blu

Ivan was a great guide and host. Who was both knowledgeable about the trail & mountaineering and the history of place. The itinerary was a great challenge but nicely packaged into sections, with amazing lunch spots by the sea. A truly epic trip that hit the mark and delivered more than expected.

Andrew P.(May 2024)
If you`re looking for a

If youre looking for a challenging hike the scenery alone makes this a must do trip. Lunch with a swim in crystal clear waters and an evening supported wild glamp with delicious food is a bonus. Add in a passionate, knowledgeable, hilarious and confidence-building guide makes this an unmissable adventure. Do it - you wont regret it.

Louise T.(May 2024)
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!
An amazing adventure!

An amazing adventure - Ivan was a fantastic guide, so knowledgeable and fun. The hike was challenging but so satisfying, and made all the better by lunchtime swims in crystal clear waters every day and wild camping in remote spots with noone else around.

Maeve G.(May 2024)