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kate w
Geneva, Switzerland58 contributions
I struggled to find what I was looking for in advance so hope this is helpful. Did the trip with and 11 and 13 year old. We are all quite fit and used to hiking (if reluctantly in the kids case). We had our own car so didn’t need to book a full trip from the hotel. To find more information go to the base camp Gorropu which is on the main road SS125. You will see cars parked there on a corner. They are super helpful in there. This is where we started our trip. From this place you can do the easiest route. This involves taking a shared Jeep down in to the valley which takes about half an hour and is an experience in itself. They go when the Jeep is full more or less. At the bottom you walk about 3km to the gorge. The path goes up and down and is somewhat rocky and was super hot end of June so although relatively easy it’s not a walk in the park. At the entrance to the gorge are some lovely pools and rocks where you can gather yourselves together. There is also a fresh water spring where you can replenish your water. There is a tiny hut at the gorge entrance where you pay your entrance fee 3/5 euro. No toilets or anything for sale. Kids get a hard helmet to wear. Then the gorge walk starts. As described it is green easy, yellow more scrambling and red technical. The green is 20 minutes walk in and described as 1.5km. Felt less. It is a lot of scrambling over and between huge boulders and will test out your flexibility. Very spectacular and worth it but again this is not really an easy walk. THen back out. As you go back through the gorge entrance hut they will ask you if you want a Jeep back and tell you the next available time. Beware it could be a while. We had to wait another hour before hiking the 3 km back out back to the Jeep pick up. My recommendation would be to go early in the day (check opening hours) Get your breath back before doing the gorge and plan to have lunch at the pools after the gorge. This way you are more likely to get a Jeep return to suit you. Otherwise book a specific timed return based on the above timings. You can always do a private tour a guess with specific timings. The return Jeep was 25/20 euro. Take all your own food and lots of water. We wore ours trainers which were ok but even on the easy walk I would recommend hiking boots. Take some swim stuff for the pools at least for the kids (the water was 18 degrees brrrrr) If you are planning to walk in you do not stop at the base camp you go another 7km and turn off the road. See other reports for this one.
Written June 25, 2019
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London341 contributions
Within the first minute of stepping onto this route it is breathtaking, and you pass so many lovely sights on the way, for me it was even better then the gorge itself. I am not particularly fit and went slowly with lots of photo and snack stops and it was fine. We took two and a half hours because of all the stopping (my family are used to stopping and waiting for me but could have done it much quicker - I hear the normal time is 1.5-2 hours) and everyone overtook us along the way, but it meant I did not get overtired and really enjoyed all the incredible views along the way.
To arrive here, we had put Passo Ghenna Silana into Google maps, and this brought us to the right place to park the car. Before arriving we found we were passing the base camp, so we stopped here very briefly and looked from the scenic viewpoint. Lovely to have this view of the gorge and take in the incredible scenery we were heading towards. There is an opportunity to buy sandwiches/pasties for lunch here too to carry with you. Then at the pass, there was a parking sign opposite the big pink building (it's very obvious when you are in the right place and there's an information kiosk at the pink building next to the beginning the route) and began the hike, taking the shepherds' route rather than the cobbled path (I believe they join up further down). In no time at all we were passing goats and a pretty, small shepherds' hut. The route takes you in and out through open views and then shaded areas. There is gravel that is a bit slippery in places, but at no point did I feel I might slip off an edge (as I had feared beforehand), as the paths are relatively wide and there is a slope off from the edge of the path rather than a drop (as you can see in the photos). People with young kids were zooming past us. There are some steep sections, more so towards the end, but manageable with stones serving as 'steps' to help. In the last section there's a cave to the left that can be explored too. Finally, when you see the 100m sign, don't miss the nearby beautifully intact large shepherd's hut. So pretty! So many people were missing this as you see it from behind from the path so they may not have noticed it, and also I guess they wanted to reach the gorge itself. Do walk around to the front of it as it's lovely (see photo - I've put a note to say it's the one near the end). On arriving at the gorge we stopped at the rocks and water pools for lunch, then headed over to the entrance. We forgot to book our jeep ride back on the way in and did it on exit. Not sure when the right time would have been to have done it, but we did then have to wait a long time for it, so do ask on the way in. The first section of the gorge, the green section, is as the guide says, easier but not easy. But it's doable and fun clambering and doesn't take too long. There's a bit along the route where you have to squeeze through a gap between rocks which was fun but I did ask my kids to be pull me through it as it was just easier at the time than pushing myself through. It's fine though and fun and not claustrophobic or too hard or anything (see photo). After we reached the narrowest part, my husband and I decided to wait here and rest and let our kids (older teens) do the yellow section. Afterwards, at about 4pm, on booking the jeep, we were told there were a lot of people ahead of us in the queue, and so they advised us to wait on the rocks by the pools and come back at a particular time as it would be more pleasant than waiting at the end of the jeep walk. This wait took just over an hour. Be aware that they only man the entrance desk for booking the jeep tours till 6pm (when we were there at the end of July). We then began the jeep walk with a brief steep upwards section, then a flat shaded 45min-1 hour walk to the jeep (I was tired and took an hour). It's true there's nowhere to sit here when waiting for the jeep apart from a few low stones. Bumpy ride back to base camp, where we paid for the jeep (can pay by card) and then we had time to get an ice cream treat before transfer back to the pass car park at about 6.30pm. We took a very full day to do this, despite heading off from Cala Gonone at 9.30am, but we did take many rest and photo breaks and then did have the long wait for the jeep. Really incredible day, and having seen that the jeep walk is not a scenic one, would definitely recommend starting from the Silana Pass if you can.
Written February 28, 2020
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Austin, TX24 contributions
After reading the reviews, we chose the "easier" trail that leaves from the Ba Sarva bridge because, though I am fit and can handle a strenuous hike, I am not a technical hiker and the harder, steeper trail sounded scary to me (especially as it had rained the day before and may have been slippery). I'm very happy with the choice we made - it was quite beautiful and still a very good workout - approx. 8.5 miles total there and back. The drive to get there is lovely, too. Coming from the US, the canyon is no match for the Grand Canyon or Utah parks, but it is impressive nonetheless and worth the trip. Unfortunately it had rained and there was a pond between the easier green section and the yellow section and we had no interest in getting wet up to our belly buttons - and so instead we watched one daring soul do it. That was a shame because we were looking forward to seeing the very narrow section of the canyon but it was not to be. A great way to spend the day and a highlight of our trip so far. One recommendation we have is to get there early so that you can find a space in the parking lot.
Written September 26, 2018
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Krakow, Poland1 contribution
Being on Sardinia we were considering trip to canyon, but given that we were there in the middle of August, we had serious doubts if it is doable. So now I can tell - yes, it is! but be well prepared for it. Here you go a few remarks how to prepare for hiking the in the middle of Sardinian summer:

Remember to take with you:
- sunblocker (the best - SPV 50)
- some caps/sth to protect your head from sun
- 1 bottle of water/person/one route, after getting to the enterence of the kanyon there is water intake, so you can fill your bottles in for the route back - we also took a few additional bottles of water to pour it on our bodies duing the way just to cool ourselves, it helped a bit fighting with the temperature,
- descend took us 1,5h, ascend - 2h (we were with 13 years-old child), canyon route itself is 1 km long,
- the entrance to canyon is paid: adults - 5 EUR, children - 3,5 EUR - at the enterance there is also tent available where you can leave all unnecessary belongings, as in canyon you'll need to have two hand free to use them for walking on the large rocks - (that was very exciting by the way! and not difficult at all).
- the path is readably marked, so there is no possibility to loose your way,
- the track is diverse, there is shade, but also there are some places exposed for sun,
- trekking shoes/sneakers are necessary, no sandals!

Generally, route is not demanding, it's achievable for everyone, olders and youngers, but be ware of temperatures.

I strongly recommend discovering canyon, the views are amazing, not only canyon itself but also all the route towards it!
Written August 10, 2018
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Karolina W
Haarlem, The Netherlands3 contributions
We took the route from Ponte Sa Barva. You can park your car at the parking (€4 for half day) or drive a little bit further, pass the bridge and then go left. There is an open spot where you can park your car for free, plus it's a bit closer to the trail.

The trail is well marked and super easy to navigate. The hike is tiring, but mainly because of the August heat. Be sure to start early before it heats up. The canyon opens at 10.30 am.

The path to the canyon (6 km) is easy, no rock hopping or lots of elevation. It took us 1,5 hours to reach the canyon. The canyon is very beautiful and makes for some fun hiking/climbing over the rocks. You can make it as challenging as you want.
Written August 9, 2017
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Vazerac, France10 contributions
We did this walk at the end of September. With the words of others who had done it only the day before, " it's easy, I did it in sandals" ringing in our ears, we donned suitable walking shoes and back packs with food and water. It was difficult on the way down because the path is a steep descent and in places is loose stone. Unfortunately, on one of the particularly stony sections my husband slipped and fell awkwardly, badly straining his ankle and knee. There was nothing for it but to continue with the aid of a stick claimed from the woods. We didn't manage to enter the canyon as the guide at the entrance suggested that we make our way along the other path to the jeep which takes you back to the top. €15 each. This walk is a little easier and is supposed to take 45 mins - it took us 1h30. My advice - you need really good walking boots and a higher level of fitness than we have. IT IS NOT EASY.
Written October 24, 2016
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Marius M
Vilnius, Lithuania59 contributions
it was amazing experience hiking down to Gorropu and walking in it. I would suggest it for everyone. really nice views! we went there with casual shoes and casual clothing. as it was May, it was not very hot. it was colder when we started walking and warmer down there. if it was summer and it was hot, you should take plenty of water.

we have arrived at 11:00 near the hotel, parked the car for free and started walking down to Gorropu. somewhere about 13:30 we reached the bottom. some groups passed us while we walked down, so we weren't very fast. we took out time exploring the views, taking photos.path is quiet normal, but you have to watch your step carefully and don't rush. we have entered Gorropu in about 14:00, we took the green path, then entered the yellow. yellow is harder, there is no path marked, so you have to find it yourself through big stones. we walked a little bit and turned back. it took about 1 hour and 30 minutes of walking in Gorropu. at about 15:00 we started walking to the jeep transfer, it took about 40 minutes of quiet fast walking with no stopping. Jeep took us on about 17:00, then about 20 minutes to the base camp and then about 15 minutes to the hotel parking with minivan. So all journey took about 6.5 hours.

walking back from Gorropu to the parking would take much time, I think 4-5 hours at least and it should be hard enough. jeep transfer is a good option for office workers :)

ask about jeep transfer before entering the Gorropu, guys at ticket tent are very friendly and will give you all information you need to know.

Gorropu is a must in Sardinia!
Written May 20, 2019
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lisa h
Belgium8 contributions
We visited gola gorropu in september, amazing! We parked the car in the closest parking lot for a small fee. Then it was a 1.5h beautiful hike to the gorge. The gorge itself was amazing - it does involve more bouldering than walking though! The hike becomes increasingly difficult as you proceed, but you have to turn back in the end anyway (it's a dead end), so you can stop when it becomes too hard.
Written December 26, 2017
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Oslo, Norway1,722 contributions
We looked like the perfect tourists arriving in the afternoon with our slippers and beach outfits for the hike...
We enjoyed nevertheless a breathtaking 360 scenery. So, for the visit, it is better to arrive early in the day with good comfortable shoes and a basic hiking equipment. Equipment can be rented on site as well. If you don't have the courage to hike it, there is an option to ride it in a rented 4x4. There are different hike circuits as well.
The drive to get there was worth it as the landscape is fantastic with all green steep mountains very different from the rockier surroundings of Porto Cervo. It does give a different image of Sardinia.
Written July 6, 2017
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Calgary, Canada2,157 contributions
Dare to see Gola di Gorropu, an impressive canyon, a world class mountain experience. I love it so much, that I would like to share my experience.
Be prepared with good hiking shoes and start early morning. My wife and I have chosen to start this trek from Genna 'e Silana, the highest point on SS125, vis-a-vis hotel Silana. From here, after 1h 1/2 hike descending around 600m we reached the canyon entrance where we paid the euro 5 access fee per person; also we book the jeep transfer to hotel Silana. There's a park officer who will give you all the information to enjoy the canyon.
The canyon is easy to access, the first two sections, green and yellow are manageable without any climbing equipment.
The highlight of the Gorropu canyon is at about twenty minutes from the entrance, where the canyon narrows at about five meters and the towering limestones walls are at their highest level, they say about 500 meters. Fantastic views to see how small people are in this huge nature creation. It seems that always nature has its ways to show us how small and fragile we are. On our coming back, the officer showed us the way to reach the jeep transfer point where a land rover waited for us. This last part was very easy walking, about 1 hour long. Enjoy Gola di Gorropu.
Written July 15, 2016
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