Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 40.00680°N / 9.31890°E
Additional Information Elevation: 5879 ft / 1792 m
Sign the Climber's Log


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Punta Paulinu belongs to the Monti del Gennargentu Mountain Range on Sardinia / Sardegna, which is by roughly 400m Sardinia's highest. It is part of the Gennargentu main ridge which is composed of the five highest mountains of the island (Punta La Marmora (1833m), Bruncu Spina (1828m), Punta su Sciusciu (1823m), Punta Florisa (1822m)). Being the lowest of them, Punta Paulinu makes up for this lack of height by being the most rugged. In contrast to the other summits there is only one easy ascent route to the summit coming from the southwest. All other require some scrambling which I would rate UIAA I and II.

The summit is located right at the centre of the ridge and thus offers great views on the neighbouring four mountains. It "towers" above Arcu di Gennargentu, the saddle which gave the mountain range its name - Silver Saddle. This pass is flanked by Paulinu to the north and Punta su Scisciu to the south. Like from the other Gennargentu summits you can see the whole island from Punta Paulinu. Only the east coast is hidden from view by the Supramonte Mountain Ranges. On clear days you can even see Corsica in the north or the Italian mainland to the east.

The Gennargentu Mountain Range well above the timber line, which on Sardinia is man made. Like on so many of the mediterrenean islands the forests were logged in the 18th and 19th centuries in order to produce charcoal. Though the logging has subsided still the range is barren. The highest elevation, to which the timberline nowadays rises, is about 1600m - and this on a latitude of almost exactly 40°! Part of this is certainly due to the fact that the range is used extensively for herding cattle and sheep. Wildlife also is scarce - though one should be able encounter mufflons and golden eagles. We only saw kestrels and cows.

The ascent trail to Punta Paulinu follows the route up to Punta La Marmora.

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Interactive overview map of the Gennargentu mountain range. The summits which have been posted to SP are marked in red.

Getting There

Sardinia can be reached either by plane or by ferry. The main ports are Porto Torres and Olbia in the north and Arbatax and Cagliari in the south. Airports are at Alghero and Olbia in the north as well as (again) Arbatax and Cagliari in the south. For exploring the north eastern part of the island where most of the mountains are the best entry point is Olbia, which is where most flights go anyway.

Approaching the mountain from Arbatax airport
From the airport take SS125d west towards Tortoli and onwards on SS198 to Lanusei. There switch to SS389 north direction Nuoro until you reach Passo di Caravei. At the pass turn west again un SS389, direction Fonni. Shortly before you reach the town SP7 (a small side road) turns off left (south) and leads in direction Desulo. After 5km turn left (signs Monte Spada, Bruncu Spina). 7km will lead you to the trailhead which is not at the end of the road at the ski lift but rather some 1km before, where there is a dirt road to the right and a parking place to the left.

Approaching the mountain from Olbia airport
Get on motorway SS 131 south in the direction of Siniscola / Nuoro. At the second exit for Nuoro get off and turn onto SS389 south direction Mamoiarda. First get around Nouro to the west and then follow the road to Fonni. After the town, turn on SP7, direction Desulo and follow the descriptions given above.

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Interactive map of Sardinia and its mountain regions. Click on the regions, red triangles (mountains) or stars (gorges).

Red Tape

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The Montil del Gennargentu are part of the "Parco Naturale di Gennargentu - Golfo di Orosei". The usual restrictions apply. Camping is not allowed within park boundaries. Instead you may take advantage of "agriturismo" appartments and rooms being let by the local farmers. In most cases they will let you camp on their grounds for a small fee. Near the trailhead to Punta Paulinu there is one of these farms...

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When To Climb

Gennargentu can be climbed all year round. Winter might see snow on the ridges but still hiking the summits still is possible. If you bring your skis to Sardinia ;-) you can do the tour as a ski ascent. Enjoy the two downhill courses - each about 1km long.

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Accomodation... the mountainous region of Gennargentu is not quite so easy to find. Some farms offer "agritourismo" - rooms and apartments with or without breakfast. Some of them will let you camp on their grounds.

is not allowed in the natural park so you need to consider staying farther away or taking advantage of "agriturismo" - farm tourism - which in most cases is rather inexpensive.

Real campgrounds can be found on the east coast, using

Weather Conditions

Go for the following link, which is in Italian but with ALL the information you might want to have on weather on the island:

Head for the "Bollettino dettagliato" link.

Maps 'n' Books

As for Maps I used only a road map scale 1:200000 since the guidebook I used has maps and is really quite good. Don't be fooled by the durations they state, you'll be much faster but the "getting there's" and "route description's" are very good.

The book is:
Sardinia (Sardegna / Sardinien)
M. Omidvar
Rother Verlag
ISBN: 3-7633-4800-X (English)
ISBN: 3-7633-4143-9 (Italian)
ISBN: 3-7633-4023-8 (German)



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