The trip Elephant Cave & Ma Da Valley Jungle Trek is considered moderate for anyone who is physically active, familiar to outdoor activities and basic trekking experienced. It is also a perfect option for family adventure.
9km trekking on difficult terrains through thick junglem 600m swimming in the cave (optional and due to weather conditions)
ELEPHANT CAVE & MA DA VALLEY JUNGLE TREK
We also recommend you to prepare
1 long easy-to-dry pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (highly recommend to avoid leeches and poison ivies
1 pair of trekking boots/shoes (Please prepare to get wet or we provide basic canvas shoes)
Water proof bag for your phone and camera
1 pair of calf-length densely woven socks (not ankle socks) Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera
Note : Jungle Boss holds the right to make alternative changes on the program due to unexpected weather condition.
This trek is suitable for those who no more experience hiking but looking for the real jungle and cavern experience. It begins deep in the jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. Once the team reaches the trail-head you will plunge into the jungle and begin the uphill climb into Elephant Cave. Upon completing the most difficult 20 minutes of the trek you will be rewarded with the magnificent sight of 60 meter high, 300 meter long Elephant cave.
Continue hiking through the jungle trail, river crossings, we are in depth of Ma Da valley. It is time for swimming in the crystal lake , doing some cliff jumping while enjoying BBQ lunch prepared by our porter team. Swimming to complete Tra Ang cave in the afternoon before we head to the main road where our driver is waiting for you with cold beers!
8:00-08:30 Pick up at the hotel and transfer to our base (Jungle Boss Head Quarter) in Phong Nha.
Once you have arrived to Jungle Boss Headquarters via our shuttle, we will brief you and the team on safety and what to expect. Once we have introduced everyone in the group and prepared the team, we will head off into the Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park. Once the team reaches the trail-head you will plunge into the jungle and begin the uphill climb into Elephant Cave. Upon completing the most difficult 20 minutes of the trek you will be rewarded with the magnificent sight of 60 meter high, 300 meter long Elephant cave. Our guides will lead you through the cave, take you into the depths, and tell you about the war history of the cave.
8:30 Brief meeting to plan the trip, clarify rules and regulations in the National Park
8:45 Depart for Elephant Cave by van
10.00 Arrive at the trek departure point and start trekking through the jungle to the Elephant cave
After exploring Elephant Cave, the team will hike the jungle trail, cross rivers, and balance across fallen trees. Deep into Ma Da Valley you and the team will go until you reach the heavenly blue waters of Ma Da Crystal Lake. Here you and the team will have the opportunity to take a swim, do some cliff jumping and enjoy a delicious Jungle BBQ prepared by your porter (vegan options also available). With full bellies and feeling refreshed you and the team will gear up and continue on the jungle hike. A few kilometer down the trail and a couple river crossings later the team will come upon a large bend in the river and a staging area for the swim into Tra Ang Cave. After a short scramble up some limestone rocks you will reach the cool waters of Tra Ang Cave and begin the 600m swim into the furthest depths of the cave.
10:00 – 11:00 Explore the Elephant cave
12:00 Reach to Ma Da Lake, swim into Ma Da crystal lake.
12:45 Enjoy BBQ lunch
14:00 Start trekking to Tra Ang Cave.
15:00 Arrive at Tra Ang Cave
15:45 Swim into Tra Ang Cave to explore 600m Tra Ang Cave (optional)
Once the Tra Ang Cave swim is completed, our guides will lead you to the road. Here your driver will be waiting for you with a cold beer or soda and a ride back to Jungle Boss Headquarters.
16:30 Start trekking to be back Ho Chi Minh road.
17:00 Arrive at Ho Chi Minh road, enjoy cold drink on the road
17:30 Drive back Phong Nha and your hotels in Phong Nha
Adventure local tour guide & porter support team
Pick-up and drop-off at any local hotels in Phong Nha
(Out of Phong Nha, please pre-arrange with our adventure Sales team)
Entrance Fees (400,000vnd/person to national park)
Caving and safety equipment: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves
Local BBQ lunch
Use of basic trekking canvas shoes size 37 to 44 (only if you don’t have your own pair)
Use of medium towel
Purified water (partially carried by your own and the porter team)
First Aid kit (application by guides and porters only)
Secure storage at Headquarter office for guests’ luggage
which is not necessary for the trek
All prices include of government value added tax