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 skills-based caving adventure provides a highly informative insight into this unique caving region, home to the most spectacular caves and jungle of Vietnam!
On this tough jungle and cave trek there is plenty to keep your heart racing with some dark cave abseiling, waterfall abseiling, bouldering, climbing and a lot of swimming through the caves. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region.
Within 4 days and 3 nights, our Tu Lan Expedition will take you to almost all the explored caves and jungles in Tu Lan area. It will certainly be a life-time experience from the Cave Kingdom of Vietnam.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Dong Hoi, Phong Nha, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Tan Hoa, Tu Lan|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Pickup time from 8h00 am to 8h30 am in Phong Nha.|
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 - Rat Cave - Gibbon Cave - Hung Dung
The expedition takes off with a pick up from your hotel in Phong Nha between 7:30 am and 8:00 am, before transferring to the village of Tan Hoa. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, the trek gets underway with a hike across peanut and buffalo fields (2.5 km), to the Nan River.
After crossing the river, the group will go through the first cave of this expedition called Rat Cave to reach La Ken valley at around 12:00 pm. At the valley, everyone will have time to relax and enjoy a picnic-style lunch to get more energy for the day.
After lunch, the group will start moving at 1:00 pm, and trek to Gibbon Cave a high level cave with many stalagmites and cave pearls. This site is named for the gibbons which sometimes visit the cave. It takes a further 90 minutes to reach the Hung Dung campsite (around 5:30 pm) where everyone can enjoy swimming in the natural pools and enjoy a delicious dinner at around 6:00 pm.
Hung Dung - Hung Nhai - La Ken Valley - Hung Ton
Breakfast starts this adventurous day around 8:00 am. Then, the expedition group will start trekking over the hill to the next valley, followed by a short swim through a cave. There will be time to enjoy abseiling down an amazing waterfall. Around 12:00 pm lunch will be served by the river. The group will have some time to rest and relax.
The expedition starts again at 12:30 pm after lunch. Everyone will climb over a mountain, and trek through the forest to reach La Ken at around 4:30 pm. It will take one more hour to reach the campsite. Everyone deserves a refreshing swim in the river, an amazing dinner with lots of food prepared by our local chef and interesting stories with our cave expert, or games with the tour guides and porters.
Hung Ton - Tu Lan Valley - Ken Cave - Tu Lan dried and wet caves
The day starts with breakfast ready when you wake up. Right after breakfast, we will climb up Lom Com Mountain and trek over some hills to reach Tu Lan Valley. We will then have some time to enjoy tea or coffee before swimming into Ken Cave to the photo viewpoint where a famous picture of this cave was taken. After that, we will swim back to the camp (or just let the water flow lead you back) and enjoy lunch next to the river.
After lunch, we will trek to Tu Lan Dry Cave and abseil down (10m) into the river passage of Tu Lan Wet Cave with the support of our cave expert and tour guides. The boats are waiting for us to paddle down to the first waterfall. We can have some time to take pictures before heading back to camp for dinner and a good sleep under the stars.
Kim Cave - Hung Ton Cave - Secret Cave - Tan Hoa - Phong Nha
Breakfast begins the day as usual. Today will be filled with lots of different activities. First, we will enter Kim Cave via the dry entrance, follow the dry passage to the underground river, and swim through the cave to exit into beautiful To Mo Valley. Then, we will swim into Ton Cave, explore the dry passage and climb up the ladder to exit the cave. At Ton Cave, we will have lunch, rest and recover.
After lunch, we will climb up to a small entrance to Secret Cave, pass through its narrow passage and enjoy spectacular view of the fields to Tan Hoa. We will then descend, cross the Nan River, walk across the fields to head back to Tan Hoa office. At Tan Hoa office, you will have time to take a proper shower that you have been waiting for many days, have a cold drink, collect your luggage and be transferred to Phong Nha.