CANYONING IN ORBISI
CANYONING IDEAL FOR EXPERTS
FULL DAY CANYONING
About 8 hours
Highest rappel: 35 meters
Technical Equipment: provided by us
What you need to bring: change of clothes, change of shoes, running/hiking shoes used in canyoning (will get wet)
Requirements: dont suffer from vertigo (dizziness), be able to swim
Price: With a minimum group of 5 participants, 70 € per person, including the technical equipment
Codula Orbisi is a deep karst canyon located between the Supramonte di Orgosolo and that of Urzulei in the wild heart of Sardinia. The Supramonte is a vast karst plateau that dominates the central eastern area of the island and is characterized by the harshness and beauty of its orography. Above all of paleozoic formation, these extend from the mountains of Oliena (Monte Corrasi) and Orgosolo (Monte Sa Pruna) up to the sea (area called Ogliastra) in the municipalities of Baunei (Santa Maria Navarrese) and Dorgali (Cala Gonone).
Orbisi is a magical place and for many it appears to be the most aesthetically beautiful canyon in all of Sardinia. To reach Codula Orbisi starting from Dorgali, continue along the SS125 and then turn right near Genna Croce (see on gmaps). From here, follow the long dirt road that leads to Campu Oddeu, crosses Campos Bargois and reaches Sedda Ar Baccas with the sheepfold of the same name (see on gmaps).
Depending on the season and the presence of water, it is advisable to evaluate which type of wetsuit to bring (heavy or light). The hanging pools are perennial and cold all year round.
Once in Sedda Ar Baccas you meet two sheepfolds and park under large holm oaks. From here in a few minutes you can reach the heart of the Codula starting the progression in the canyon bed among cyclopean boulders of white limestone. After about 25 minutes, the inforration begins with short climbs and then begins a series of abseils that lead to the important and spectacular vertical on Pischina Urtaddala (35 meters).
After the thrilling descent into the void, the codula opens, also intersecting the first point of flow or the path that leads back to Sedda Ar Baccas.
We continue our progression with small climbs, descend on hanging pools until we reach the obligatory descent with the cableway that heralds the spectacular vertical on Lago Nero: a karst fissure filled with icy water (by organizing properly, it is possible to cross it with a small inflatable boat). At the end of the descent the Codula offers us two possible progression: the first is a small ascent on the well with a consequent descent of 25 meters, the second (much more spectacular if the aquatic conditions allow it) involves the passage into the Grotta dei Colombi enjoying a karst environment halfway between the cave and the canyon recalling the last stretch of the famous Donini cave.
Leaving the Grotta dei Colombi with a descent of 18 meters, you reach a clearing that allows a steep ascent that connects the Codula to the now beaten path connecting Sa Giuntura (confluence between Flumineddu and Orbisi) with Sedda Ar Baccas.
The ascent along this path offers a breathtaking view of the Flumineddu valley by identifying the exit of the Donini cave (Su Cunnu and S’Ebba) and in the background the large vertical walls that hide Su Gorroppu. There will be many large holm oaks and gorse on our path but above all we will be amazed by a millenary yew that seems to be the mythological tree of life.
Canyoning in Codula Orbisi means immersing yourself (not only with the imagination!) In one of the most magical gorges in Sardinia ... what to say?
LET'S GO CANYONING!