Our most adventurous Tu Lan experience, this mini-expedition is led by a caving expert from the British Cave Research Association, along with a skilled adventure guide and porter team and cooks made up of local jungle men.
This caving adventure takes you into remote areas of this unique caving region, home to the most spectacular jungle and caves of Vietnam! You will also learn some caving techniques, and see how to set up jungle camps. Cave photography is an option and the guides will be able to assist you producing top quality images in the caves. On this tour we will bring 2 very high power 2,500 lumen flood lamps to make photography and video possible.
On this 35 km tough jungle and cave trek, there is plenty to keep your heart racing with some dark cave abseiling, bouldering, climbing and a lot of swimming through the caves. Our secluded jungle campsites are breathtaking and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region.
Our Tu Lan Expedition will take you to Hang Tien Cave, one of the largest caves in the region, and with your caving expert you’ll explore up to 2 km of this huge and impressive cave, which is certainly a highlight of the expedition!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Dong Hoi, Phong Nha, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Tan Hoa, Tu Lan|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Pickup time from 7h00 am to 7h30 am in Dong Hoi.|
Experienced and Enthusiastic Tour Guide
Porter (1 – 3 pax/1 porter)
Phong Nha Ke Bang Visit Fee
Caving Equipment (Shoes, sandals, helmet…)
|Location||Dong Hoi, Phong Nha Ke Bang|
|Duration||2 Days 1 Night|
|Month||April, August, December, February, January, July, June, March, May, November, October, September|
Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Tu Lan
You’ll be picked up in Dong Hoi around 7:00am or Phong Nha around 8:00 am, before venturing off to the village of Tan Hoa, located 70 km away. After a safety briefing and gear check, it’s off and away for a full day of trekking
The trek begins with a 2.5 km march across fields of peanut crops, giant water buffaloes, towering corn stalks, and down to the Rao Nan River.
The adventure accelerates with a 30 m climb up a rocky hill to a small jungle opening where you can catch your breath before a 100 m descent in elevation down to Hung Ton Valley.
Lunch will be enjoyed in the Hung Ton Cave opening and then the adventure picks up again with some serious trekking from Hung Ton Valley and over to Mango Mountain, then back down into Tu Lan Valley (3 km).
By mid afternoon, Tu Lan campsite will be on the horizon, where swimming can be enjoyed in the beautiful waterfall. Afternoon activities include exploring and swimming through Ken Cave, located next to the campsite, and after that it’s back to camp for a delicious BBQ dinner.
Sleep will come easy in comfortable hammocks set up amongst the trees!
Tu Lan - Tan Hoa - Phong Nha
The second day starts with a hearty breakfast, and more cave exploration. Tu Lan Cave (both wet and dry sections) are first on the agenda, followed by lunch back at your campsite.
You’ll then be off on a swim (450 m) and trek (500 m) through Hang Kim to To Mo Valley, before continuing with a swim through Hung Ton Cave.
Following this is the exploration of a dry passage, and then a trek down into Hung Ton Valley (800 m).
After crossing this valley, it’s time to climb up over a small rocky mountain to get to Hang Chuot (Rat Cave).
After seeing Hang Chuot (300 m), the tour winds down by crossing the Rao Nan River and picturesque fields (2.5 km).
Arrival in Tan Hoa is followed by a chance to take in the scenery with a cold drink in hand.
Showers are available for those who would like to clean up and change, and then departure back to Phong Nha is at around 4 pm, with arrival in Phong Nha by 5:30 pm.