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Highlights

One day is enough to experience Hang Tien, one of the biggest caves in the area . Trek through the jungle, enjoy a natural swimming pool and enter through the spectacular entrance. This tour is for travelers who are short on time or don’t want to sleep in the jungle – but still want to explore a massive cave.

  • Trek over jungle hills and mountains and walk through rivers.
  • Explore the biggest cave in the Tu Lan system.
  • Swim in a pretty natural rock pool.
  • Lunch within a picture-perfect picnic site in the jungle.
  • Marvel at beautiful and unusual cave formations.
Key Information
  • One day exploring.
  • Not available in October due to annual floods. Available throughout the rest of the year.
  • Tours depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Group size: 10 people maximum.
  • Age: 16 years and above. (15 year olds with experience will be considered).
  • Distance: 6km trekking, 1.5km caving, 350m elevation gain.10m ladder climb.
  • Difficulty: Level 3 – moderate.
  • Itinerary (below) is subject to change with the weather. Paths can be slippery and muddy after rain.

Itinerary

Due to the weather conditions the itinerary may need to be changed at short notice. The paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.

Morning: Tan Hoa - Hang Tien 1

07:30 - 08:00 AM 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 at the top, and then a similarly steep descent before the trail levels off and you enter the valley. Turning west the trail is a large jumble of rocks to pick your way over, with the help and direction of the guide and safety team. The huge entrance is at the head of the valley. Enjoy some snacks before starting the cave exploration. 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 many unusual cave features such as a ceiling dome, and multiple layers of rock, giving the walls a stripy appearance.

Afternoon: Tan Hoa - Phong Nha

Retrace the journey back to the entrance down the rocky valley and stop for lunch and a swim in the beautiful natural spring. Refreshed, it’s then time for the big hill back up and down to the road for the pickup and return to the office for a shower. Transfer to Phong Nha arriving at around 07:00 PM.

Adventure Level 3 · Moderate

  • 1-day tour
  • Moderate trekking
  • 6km of trekking including 1.5km of caving
  • Total elevation gain: 350m
  • Swimming in caves (Wild Tu Lan 50-150m)
  • There will be some rocky terrain, steep hills and a 10m ladder climb with a safety rope, operated by the safety team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparations

Please visit our FAQ general page to read our specific What to Bring list before departing for Vietnam and your cave expedition.

WE WILL PROVIDE

  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • Water and picnic lunch
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and safety assistants
  • Porter to prepare meals and pump water
  • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
  • Water filter and purifier (used only by guide and porters)
  • Eco-friendly compost toilet using western toilet seat at lunch site
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Rescue Equipment (application by guides and porters only)
  • Dry box is prepared in case of high water level
  • Secure Storage Facility at Oxalis Headquarters to store any luggage you will not be taking on the trek

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING

  • 1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)
  • 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary
  • 1 change of clothes for after the tour
  • 1 pair of calf-length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
  • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera

Pricing and availability

Please choose your departure date using the calendar below to book your tour with us.

  • This tour is operated from Dec to mid-Sep (closed from mid-Sep to Nov)
  • The days in bold are still available
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