From Oliena follow the signs towards Monte Maccione. The road winds through Oliena before climbing steeply towards Supramonte. At the restaurant "Monte Maccione" - which can be used as a base for climbing Punta Carabidda and Punta Ortu Camminu - look for a parking place for your car.
Altitude Gain: 750m
Duration: 2h 30min
Difficulty: Hike and Scramble
Trailhead: Restaurant "Monte Maccione"
The first part of this ascent is a hike along a rarely frequented forest road. It starts from the trailhead at restaurant Monte Maccione and follows the road for some 500m. Here a path to the left of the road makes for a shortcut but finally joins the road again after 3km. Follow the road to its end at Scala 'e Pradu. It winds through meadows with beautiful old oaks.
From Scala 'e Pradu turn onto the Punta Carabidda southern ridge to your left and scramble to its top with the abyss to your left. Of course you could circumvent the ridge and ascend from the east but where's the fun in that. After enjoying the views on Carabidda descent into the saddle (still with the drop on your left hand side) and then scramble upwards to Ortu Camminu. Here you can actually scramble through part of the vertical wall (you don't have to, however).
Once on Punta Ortu Camminu you can decide whether you want to go on - there is a lesser summit further north which you reach by going around a deep gully - or if you want to try climbing Punta sos Nidos to the east. Both hikes are technically easy but rather demanding on your stamina.
Hiking gear is sufficient. You can combine the route with an additional ascent of Punta Sos Nidos and Monte Corrasi. This is going to be a long hike and you definitely want to bring water.