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PHONG NHA KE BANG NP - TU LAN ENCOUNTER

This tour offers a glimpse into the amazing beauty of the Tu Lan area: caves, karst mountains, jungle, and waterfalls. It is an opportunity to escape civilisation and go deep into the rugged and untouched nature of Vietnam for two-days and one-night with a pro... View more
Travel Styles: Adventure Tours , Backpackers
Destinations: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park - Tu Lan Cave
Duration: 2 Days and 1 Night
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Day 1 : Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Tu Lan (Lunch and dinner)

Picture of Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Tu Lan

Day 1: Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Tu Lan

You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Phong Nha between 7:30 am and 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!

Day 2 : Tu Lan - Tan Hoa - Phong Nha (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Tu Lan - Tan Hoa - Phong Nha

Day 2 - 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.

Duration: 2 days & 1 night (Tu Lan jungle camp in hammocks)

Adventure Level: Easy for physically active guests (swimming necessary)

Availability: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (operates from mid-November to mid-September)

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

Minimum Age: 16 years old

 

Adventure Level

Tu Lan Cave Encounter is easy for anyone who considers themselves physically 􀃶t and participates in regular outdoor activities, and moderate for anyone with limited outdoor experience. Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease, you have some basic trekking experience and be able to swim before taking part in the adventure.

• 12 km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain

• 3 km caving

• 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m - 500m each cave)

• Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain)

• 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:

• Camping gear: hammock/tent, camp light, sleeping bag

• Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves

• Light PVC backpack (if you do not want to take your own, as it will get wet)

• Dry bag (for clothing and personal belongings excl. electronics)

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

• Meals: picnic lunches, breakfast (day 2), dinner (day 1)

• Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant

• Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare all 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 and Medical Rescue Equipment (application by guides and porters 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 shorts and t-shirt to wear at campsite plus your swim suit.

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

• 1 pair of 􀃸ip 􀃸op (sandals) for campsite

• 1 medium size towel

• 2-3 pairs of calf length close weave socks (not ankle socks!)

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

If you are trekking in the colder months (December – March) please bring additional warm clothes for the evening and an extra change of long pants and shirt for swimming.

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