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PHONG NHA KE BANG NP - HANG VA EXPEDITION

For those whom a week expedition to Son Doong cave - the world’s biggest cave - is too much, this new 2-day Hang Va expedition can be a perfect alternative for your short holiday. While not physically connected to Son Doong, Hang Nuoc Nut and Hang Va are part ... View more
Travel Styles: Adventure Tours , Backpackers
Destinations: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park - Hang Va Cave
Duration: 2 Days & 1 Night
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Day 1 : Phong Nha – Hang Nuoc Nut - Hang Va Jungle Camp (Lunch and dinner)

Picture of Phong Nha – Hang Nuoc Nut - Hang Va Jungle Camp

Day 1: Phong Nha – Hang Nuoc Nut - Hang Va jungle camp

For your convenience, we will pick you up at your hotel in Phong Nha between 8:00 – 8:30 am and drive to Oxalis Headquarters. At Oxalis Headquarters, you will collect your gear and listen to a tour briefing before driving 45 minutes through the National Park to the trailhead. From the trailhead, we will enter the jungle and hike to the entrance of Hang Nuoc Nut. Here we put on our Petzl helmets and Hope Technology 1500 lumen head lamps. Once inside the low opening, the cave enlarges dramatically and we explore the high level series with excellent photographic opportunities. We have a picnic lunch with ice cold drinks provided before setting off in the cave for around 2 km. Enjoy the beautiful formations, enormous passage and underground river, again with many photographic opportunities. Leaving the cave you will trek on a jungle path which, though short, traverses over tough and difficult terrain. The jungle campsite is located at the base of huge cliffs next to the entrance of Hang Va. Camp will be set up and tea/coffee will be supplied as well as a delicious dinner served by our local chef. This is a true jungle camp and a great experience around camp fire listening to the jungle noises.

Day 2 : Hang Va – Phong Nha (Breakfast and lunch)

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Day 2: Hang Va – Phong Nha

Day 2 is the highlight of the expedition. Before experiencing this fantastic cave, Hang Va, you will have a delicious breakfast at around 8:00 am. First, you will have to climb down the steep entrance of Hang Va. It can be quite slippery, so move slowly and with care. To assure your safety, we will have a rope for you to clip into with a harness which will be provided for you. You will continue to wear the harness at all times inside Hang Va Cave.

After that, if we are early, there is a chance to swim in a downstream pool inside Hang Va before heading upstream. You will walk most of the time in water flowing through the river passage, climb up and down, and squeeze between the rocks. The water level of the river passage can be as high as chest level, so be ready to be wet for about 4 hours. When you reach the end of the wet passage, you will need to use the harness again to carefully climb up to the high level passage. You will be amazed with this high level area because of its stunning formations, really rare throughout the world. In this area, we will have a lot of time to take beautiful images with the support of Hope lights and extra lights prepared specifically for photography in Hang Va Cave.

Finally, we will head back to the camp, enjoy lunch and at around 2:00 pm, walk back to the road by a different route to the pick up point. Our driver will take you back to your hotel in Phong Nha by about 5:00 pm.

Duration: 2 days & 1 night

Adventure Level: Moderate-to-hard (basic trekking experience required)

Availability: 3 departures / week (operates from February to the end of August)

Small Group Tours: 2 pax - 8 pax (Require minimum of 2 persons to operate)

Tour Starts: 8:00 am - 8:30 am from any local hotel in Phong Nha

Tour Ends: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha

Minimum Age: 16 years old

 

Adventure Level

The adventure level of Hang Va Expedition is considered moderate-to-hard for anyone who considers themselves physically 􀃶t and who participates in regular outdoor activities. Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease before taking part in the expedition.

• 10 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain

• 3 km caving in river caves (cold water, 17 degree Celcius, waist deep)

• Elevation gain is 150 m (between road and mountain top)

• 20 m traverse using rope and harness

• 2 days and 1 night in jungle and caves

Oxalis Adventure Tours staff (cave expert or guide) reserves the right to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any party at any time without compensation or refund due to safety issue.

 

We will provide you with the following:

• Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves, harness

• Camping gear: hammock (with mosquito net), camp light, sleeping bag

• Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 - 46

• Meals: picnic lunch (Day 1), BBQ dinner (Day 1), breakfast (Day 2), lunch (Day 2)

• Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant

• Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare meals

• Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)

• Katadyn (Swiss-made) water 􀃶lter and puri􀃶er (used only by guide and porters)

• Basic camping facilities with eco-friendly compost toilet using Western toilet seat

• First Aid Kit (application by guides only)

 

Please also bring with you the following:

• 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)

• 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes (if you prefer your own comfortable pair)

• 2 pair of calf length close weave socks (not ankle socks!)

• 1 backpack to hold personal items

• 1 dry bag (can be purchased at our office if you don’t have one)

• 1 small towel

• 1 set of camp clothes (shorts are okay for around camp; please bring a 􀃸eece in winter)

• 1 change of clothes for after the tour

• Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries

 

 

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