PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK – Hang Tien Cave Adventure 2D1N
Unearth the twin caves of Hang Tien, both with enormous entrances and staggering formations. Trek through the jungles, eat delicious, freshly prepared local food and sleep under the stars in a stunning campsite. This tour is for travellers who want to explore the two biggest caves in the Tu Lan system with only one night of camping.
- Itinerary Details
- We will provide during this trip
- What’s excluded?
- You will need to bring
- Useful information
Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – Hang Tien Campsite (L-D)
07:30 – 08:00 Pick up and one-hour drive on Day 1 to the Oxalis Adventure office in Tan Hoa, located 70km from Phong Nha. Briefing and tour preparations are here.
The trek starts off with a steep uphill section, leading into the jungle. Some rocky sections over the top, and then a similarly steep descent before the trail levels off and you enter the valley. After 15 minutes you will reach your campsite and the natural swimming pool. Spend the evening enjoying the dinner prepared by your porter team. Play some cards, chat or just enjoy the natural sights and sounds.
Hang Tien Camp site – Hang Tien 1 – Hang Tien 2 – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha (B-L)
In the morning the trail is a large jumble of rocks to pick your way over, with the help and direction of the guide and safety team. As you enter the cave you will appreciate the full size of the passage. Plants and algae cover many of the calcite formations. Further into the cave you will see splendid cave features such as a ceiling dome, and multiple layers of rock, giving the walls a stripy appearance. A 10m ladder will be climbed up with a safety rope, and a short distance later you will see the end of the cave, an opening into the jungle.
Continue into the jungle valley and trek for around 30 minutes to the second cave. A small opening with swirling stripy patterns on the walls drops into a much larger passage filled with calcite formations.
Enjoy lunch in the jungle after finishing the second cave. The final challenge of the Expedition now follows. Cross the small valley and climb up around 200m on a rocky trail. Take your time, this is not a race. From the top the descent is initially steep and rocky, and up and down, but soon joins an old logging trail and then a fairly flat forest walk back to the road. Here you will be picked up with a welcome cold drink.
Return to the office for a welcome shower.
Transfer to Phong Nha arriving around 19:00.
- Camping gear: tent, camp light, sleeping bag, mattresses, pillow
- Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves
- Light PVC backpack (if you do not want to take yours, as it will get wet)
- Semi dry bag (for clothing and personal belongings excl. electronics) for inside your backpack
- Meals: Picnic lunch (Day 1 & 2), Breakfast (Day 2), Dinner (Day 1)
- Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you don’t have own) sizes 36 – 46
- Professional English-speaking tour guide and safety assistants
- Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare all meals
- Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
- Water filter and purifier (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)
- Secure Storage Facility at Oxalis Headquarters to store all luggage you will not be taking on the trek
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- 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 – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary
- 1 pair of flip flop (sandals) for campsite
- 1 medium size towel
- 1 backpack to hold personal items
- 2 pair of calf length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
- 1 change of clothes for after the tour
- 1 pair of calf-length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
- 1 set of camp clothes (shorts are okay for around camp; please bring a fleece in winter)
- Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries
Specific food requests
Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.
Adventure Level 3 – moderate
- 2-day tour
- Moderate trekking (very rocky terrain for Tien tours)
- 8km of trekking including 3.5km of caving
- Total elevation gain: 350m
- There will be some rocky terrain, steep hills and a 10m ladder climb with a safety rope, operated by the safety team
Especially for the north and central Vietnam;
In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.
The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.
Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!
What do I need to know?
During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage.
Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!