Gavoi - Seui - Villagrande Strisaili
Big stage marathon today! We leave from the wide holm oaks and chestnut trees forests, always around 1000 m a.s.l. From Gavoi, overcoming Gusana Lake, we enter in Gennargentu rage and, in the nearby of Desulo, we enter in Barbagia di Seulo crossing Flumendosa river (level allowing). Here Transhumance was at its epilogue, in fact we are in the most densely populated areas of wild animals and active "cuili" (sheepfolds) of entire Sardinia. After a lunch break, we continue in Barbagia di Seui to cross Ussassai forest and reach the magnificent Lequarci waterfalls in the nearby of Saint Barbara Sanctuary.
More forests, mule tracks and after "I Tacchi", we finally overlook the majestic first leap of Flumendosa river, where we will stay in a dreamy hotel immersed in a wood, whose access is directly from a fire door!
Villagrande S. - Orgosolo - Oliena
Alarm, breakfast and go... We deeply breathe Ogliastra, we're immersed in the wild grazings. Here nature is the owner, we can't allow distractions, damages or inconveniences, hawks and wild pigs hover around us to bite us!
We start after a few kilometers another big transhumance, the "Supramonte" of Villanova and Orgosolo one, with movie landscapes and close encounters with every type of animal. It will be a miracle to meet human beings!
Orgosolo welcomes us with its majesty Mount Fumai. We go on up and down Saint Giovanni Mount, in the rivers and on fire break paths for fearless people.
A real lunch with Orgosolo shepherd waits for us and, after a quick visit to the famous murales, in the afternoon we continue along the calcareous wall of Corrasi Mount until reaching its Supramonte. The arrival in Oliena is breathtaking. An enchanted agritourism, which produces 100% of its products, waits for us. It is a must another stage in Lanaitto Valley to discover its caves.
Oliena – Torpè – Padru – Olbia
We leave Oliena, town of oil and Cannonau vine variety, to cross Ortobene Mount (NU). From the northern side we start our transhumance through ancient paths towards Orune and Onanì. Now the ancient road of Santa Annunziata along River Posada until Lodè town. Lunch with view on Posada castle. We start the descent in the forestry state property of Torpè and from here we wade across the river to start a new transhumance towards Pedrabianca upland where the landscape is lunar and breathtaking. One last transhumance from the high grounds of the Sanctuary of San Paolo di Monti until river Padrongianus valley and our trip is finally at its conclusion. Super cleansing of our ''beasts'' and ADIOSU, see you for the next adventure in sardinian land!