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Monte Irveri

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Sommet Monte Irveri
Leaving from Cala Gonone, Monte Irveri is a short, easy hike that offers 360° views over the region, the Gulf of Orosei to the south, the Sardinian plains and the northeast coast. Not really difficult if, like us, you avoid taking a shortcut through the cliffs, the itinerary is well marked with numerous cairns. A good option if you're staying one or two days in Cala Gonone.

Technical summary

Access to the place

Go to Cala Gonone, a seaside town south-east of Olbia, in the Gulf of Orosei, just beside Nuoro. Park near the tourist office on the main street at the top of the village, and near the only campsite from which you can depart.

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Itinerary description

Hiking to the start

Leave the village to the north, behind the campsite, and follow the cement road northwards. At the 1st sharp left-hand bend, continue straight ahead on the track.

Course

You can climb Monte Irveri in either direction. As we didn't have a guidebook, we set off along the track that runs alongside and overhangs the sea, not knowing that we'd find the path at the top.


Part 1

After 30′ or so, there's a trail that climbs steeply with a cairn and an arrow (otherwise keep going I guess to take the real trail further on). The path in fact leads to a sport climbing area at the very top. To get out on the summit, we improvised a passage on the right, climbing a bit expo in IV+. Climb back up the dome with a fair amount of vegetation to finally emerge from the scrubland and enjoy a lovely view over the bay of Cala Gonone.


Part 2

Heading towards the presumed summit, we cut across the well-marked cairns that lead to the summit. The view over the south and north of the island is impressive. Then descend to the south-west, following the cairns. You'll pass a superb wooden hut below. Continue until you reach the north-east side and the road again.

Back

Climb back up to pass the small pass and then gently descend the winding road to Cala Gonone.

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