The pristine and intact Tu Lan Cave system locates deep in the giant limestone mountains of Tan Hoa, 70km from Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. It is a secret world of underground rivers and endless waterfalls, the untouched wet and dry caves with enormous and breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites. Crossing the buffalo fields; trekking through untouched jungle; swimming in cool underground rivers… the well combination of activities, one comes after one, will gives you the solid tastes of adventure and make it one of your most memorial exploration.
Day 1: Pickup from Phong Nha. Trekking and swimming to discover the beautiful nature of Tu Lan Cave system. Overnight at campsite.
Day 2: Continue to swim and trek to explore the caves. Transfer back to Phong Nha National Park.
At around 8:00-8:30, the adventure starts from your hotel in Phong Nha by a transfer to Tan Hoa village, located 70km away. After a safety briefing and gear check, 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. Crossing the river and you will take a 30m ascent up a rocky hill to a small jungle and then 100m descent to reach the Hung Ton Valley.
You take a stop for lunch at Hung Ton Cave’s dry entrance, enjoying the fresh wind coming out from inside and an outstanding view of the valley below.
Leaving the Hung Ton Cave you take a hard trek over Mango Mountain to Tu Lan Valley (3 km). By mid afternoon, you arrive at Tu Lan campsite, which locates next to a small beautiful waterfall, just outside of Ken Cave. You may enjoy a shower under the waterfall, before exploring and swimming through Ken Cave. Back to the campsite you will enjoy well prepared BBQ dinner. It is perfect time to taste some local rice wine, chat with your guide and porters about their rural way of life, play funny card games or retire to your comfortable hammocks for an easy sleep under a sky of thousand stars. (-/L/D)
You are waked up early by the sound of nature and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the sunrise.
In the morning you will explore the Tu Lan Cave, both wet and dry sections. The magnificence of the caves is almost indescribable. The river cave, as Tu Lan wet cave, is about 3 million years old, while the dry cave is much older, around 5 million years old. A walk through dense forest will bring you back to the campsite.
After having lunch at the campsite, you are ready for more adventure. A well combination of swimming (450m) and trekking (500m) brings you through Hang Kim to To Mo Valley and then through Hung Ton wet cave back to the cave’s dry entrance, where you had lunch yesterday. After trekking through the Hung Ton Valley, you take a climb up over a small rocky mountain to get to Rat Cave, which is about 300 m in depth. You then take a descent to Rao Nan River and cross the picturesque buffalos fields to get back to Tan Hoa village.
It is time to have a cool shower and enjoy cold beers celebrating the excellent days of adventure. You then have a transfer to Phong Nha, arriving at around 17:30. (B/L/-)
Kind of trip: joining tour of 2 – 8 travellers
Departure from Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Finish at Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park
Duration: 2 days 1 night
Activities: Trekking, swimming
Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant
Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare all meals
Transportation to and from Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park
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 38 – 46
All indicated meals (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
Swiss-made Katadyn water filter and purier (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)
VAT & environment/entrance fees
Accommodation before and after trip
Tips and gratuities
All other services not indicated as inclusive
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 flip flop (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.
Weather varies from very cold during December to March (8 – 15 degrees Celsius) and very hot during June to August (32 – 38 degrees Celsius)
Due to flooding in the region, no pre-booking accepted between 10 September and 10 October.