Via Ferrata di Punta Plumare
Over the Orosei Gulf, the most panoramic and adventurous via ferrata in Sardinia
Among all via Ferrata in Sardinia, the one of Punta Plumare is most certainly the most thrilling and adventurous. The only way to reach it is by walking an arduous trail that crosses ancient huts, exposed passages, and steep scree. The via Ferrata di Plumare runs on a long horizontal ledge through the enormous crag of Punta Plumare, with unique views on the beach Cala Sisine and on the Gulf of Orosei.
Following an off-road transfer and a 30 minutes walk, we will reach the beautiful as famous beach Cala Sisine, from where the real adventure begins. From the south side of the beach, an ancient mule track rises the side of the mountain reaching a hut built under a large rock cavity. From the hut the itinerary becomes tougher, following the footsteps of the shepherds who once lived in these mountains. You might have heard of the infamous “iscalas ‘e fustes” , the precarious wooden ledges built by the shepherds to reach places only their goats could access.
On reaching the large wall of Punta Plumare, overlooking the blue sea below, we will be forced to carry on the narrow ledge. This is where the steel cable starts and will help us overcome all passages to arrive where the crag ends.
How hard is it?
The Via Ferrata on Plumare's ledge is not an easy walk. The long and steep approach, the long ledge, the rope abseils, and the long way back make it the most articulated and exhausting via ferrata in Sardinia. It requires precise timing, and starting late in the morning is not an option. On the positive side, the wall of Plumare goes on shade at 11 am, allowing us to walk the Ferrata in the shade.
Termine della Via Ferrata di Plumare
At the end of the via Ferrata, it takes 4 abseils to get back to Cala Sisine. The first 2 abseils of 30 and 50 meters are located just at the end of the cable and will take us on the last leg of the famous trek Selvaggio Blu. We will have to climb up a short additional via Ferrata and walk on the dense wood to reach the last 2 abseils, of 40 and 20 meters. The last abseils will take us to the shepherd hut we passed by on our way up, and in 15 minutes down to the beach Cala Sisine. During the hot season, it is a must to swim, a quick refresher before the last bit of walk. Cala Sisine is one the most remote beach in Europe and one of the most beautiful.
Starting from Baunei or Cala Gonone?
If we start from Baunei, our meeting point is the church San Pietro, located on the plateau Golgo. From here we require a 1-hour long 4WD transfer to reach the parking space to Cala Sisine. A local company will provide this service. If you have your own 4WD you can use that too, saving on transfer costs.
If the weather is good and we can embark on a boat, we can leave from Cala Gonone too. In this way, we save driving to Baunei and the transfer to Cala Sisine.
Vertical gain +
Via ferrata Cengia Plumare
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- Kit for via ferrata
- Meeting time: 08:00
- Approach: 2 hours
- Meeting location: Altopiano Golgo, church San Pietro
- Estimated return to meeting point: 17:30 approx
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How hard is the Via Ferrata on Plumare's ledge?
A lot! ????
The Via Ferrata on Plumare’s ledge is, without doubt, the most demanding in Sardinia. Not just for the cabled part of the Via Ferrata, which develops horizontally on a ledge, but for the intricacy of the approach, the abseils, and the long return to the starting point. Consider driving to reach our meeting point in Baunei. Add one hour driving offroad to reach the beginning of the path. After that, add 2 hours walking to reach the Via Ferrata, 2 hours to traverse the ledge of Plumare, time enough for 4 rope abseils, and 45 minutes to reach the car. After all that, drive back if you can ???? Strain builds up!
Can we drive our car to Pranu 'e Murta?
Yes, if you have a 4WD. Normal cars are banned from accessing the road.
What should I wear to participate in the Via Ferrata di Plumare?
You should wear comfortable clothes, appropriate to the season. In the summertime, it is best to wear a technical t-shirt and shorts. Cotton shirts get wet and won’t dry out in time. It is necessary to wear hiking shoes with a rigid sole. The entire itinerary lasts almost 9 hours. It is fundamental to have a packed lunch, energy bars, and at least 2 liters of water per person. The path and the Via Ferrata are in the shade, therefore it may be chilly even in the summer. We recommend a soft-shell jacket as it is often windy.
Is it better to start from Cala Gonone?
If the weather is good, we would always recommend starting from Cala Gonone. The boat crossing from Cala Gonone to Cala Sisine is only a little more than 6 miles, doable in about 30 minutes.
Leaving from Cala Gonone saves many hours of driving. The only issue is the weather conditions. If it’s too windy, or if the waves are too high, it won’t be possible to have a boat transfer.