In Supramonte, Walking

Today we visited Gorropu Canyon’s even more beautiful back side 🙂

Most people only visit the low part of the Gorropu Canyon. On this hiking excursion we went to the high part and most interesting part of the Gorropu. You hardly meet any people here, in the most desolate part of the Supramonte, the Supramonte of Urzulei.

Sa Juntura, the junction of 2 rivers

In short

  • Scenic drive with the Land Rover Defender over a high plain
  • Visit a traditional shepherds hut
  • Visit an enormous monumental Yew tree
  • Visit a Giant’s Grave from the Bronze Age
  • Walk down to Sa Juntura and the water basins behind the Gorropu Canyon

The drive to the start of our walk over good dirt roads takes us over a high plain and thick forests of holm oak. Only a handful of shepherds use this road everyday to get to their free roaming animals.

We start walking at a unique Yew tree that must be easily a thousand years old. From high above we have a great view over the canyons of the Flumineddu river and the forests on the other side. The Flumineddu is the river that formed the Gorropu Canyon and continues to shape it during the periods of heavy rain.

A very panoramic walk over the Donkey’s Back take us down through an amazing landscape of Canyons and possibly waterfalls after the rain. After an hour we end up at Sa Juntura, where the Orbisi river meets the Flumineddu, and further down still to the pools of water that are formed at the high entrance of the Gorropu canyon.

Details

Duration: 09.00 – 17.00

Walking time:  4 hours

Altitude difference: 300 meters

Equipment: sufficient water, fairly good condition, good shoes and lunch

Starting point: Dorgali, Cala Gonone, Orosei or Su Gologone – Oliena

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