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Highlights

Hang Va contains some of the world’s rarest and most incredible formations – numerous tower cones rising up from emerald green waters. Nuoc Nut is an adventurous underground passage with dry and wet passages and clear blue pools. This tour combines them both and is for adventurous travelers who want to experience two contrasting caves and sleep in a jungle campsite. The experience is particularly rewarding for photographers.

  • Explore two of the most interesting caves in the national park.
  • Marvel at otherworldly cave formations – a real highlight!
  • Trek up jungle hills and climb over sharp rocks.
  • Sleep deep in the jungle surrounded by trees.
  • Harness up for the rope traverse .
  • Tuck into freshly cooked meals during the journey, plus snacks.

Key Information

  • Two days exploring, one night camping.
  • Available January to August.
  • Tours depart five times a week.
  • Group size: 10 people maximum.
  • Age: 16 years and above. 15 year olds with experience will be considered.
  • Distance: 8km trekking, 4km caving, 150m elevation gain, 100m swimming (optional), 20m rope work.
  • Difficulty: Level 4 · challenging.
  • 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.

Day 1: Phong Nha - Nuoc Nut Cave - Hang Va Jungle Camp

On Day 1, our tour bus will pick you up from your hotel in Phong Nha between 08:00 and 08:30, for the drive to the Oxalis office. Here you will have a tour safety briefing, sign the release form and receive the required equipment for the tour.

The route starts with a short steep drop down from the road to the valley floor. A nice easy half hour trek in the forest brings you to a dry rocky stream. Follow the rocky path carefully to climb down over boulders to the Nuoc Nut Cave entrance. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then with your caving light and helmet enter into the darkness. Initially quite small, the cave soon opens up into impressive dimensions. Plenty of stalactites and stalagmites can be seen on the way. After a rocky section you will meet the underground river. Follow this to the point it enters the water filled passage. On the return take the passage connecting to Hang Va. This involves about 100m of swimming with a lifejacket and guide line. Harnesses will be used to climb out of the entrance to camp. If water levels are high, head back to the surface. A short steep rocky hill and descent will then bring you to the campsite. Enjoy dinner served by your team, and the experience of a night deep in the jungle.

Day 2: Hang Va Cave - Phong Nha

The following morning you will have a safety briefing on how to use the harnesses and ropes.

You will then descend the steep rocky entrance using the equipment. Hang Va is a beautiful stream cave where you will experience narrow passages, rocky climbs and some deep pools with very nice opportunities for photography. After exploring the river passage you will use your harnesses and traverse across to the high level passage using the ropes. Follow the path up into this large dry passage. Notice the huge gour dams as you climb over to finally reach the amazing tower cone formations. As yet no one knows exactly how these have formed. Return the same way to camp for lunch. Trek out through the jungle over a rocky hill to another stream valley, and back to the road. Enjoy a cold drink. Transfer to Phong Nha arriving at around 17:00.

Adventure Level

Adventure Level 4 · Challenging

  • 2-day tour
  • Moderate trekking - very rocky terrain
  • 8km of trekking including 4km of caving
  • Total elevation gain: 150m
  • River crossings
  • Swimming in caves (100m)
  • There will be some rocky terrain, steep hills and several sections using ropes and harnesses. Inside the caves you will often be wet.
FAQs
  • How do I get to Phong Nha?

    If you are arriving from oversea, there are two main international airports connect with Dong Hoi Airport: Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi Capital) in the north and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) in the south. There’re many daily flights connecting between 2 main airports with Dong Hoi Airport. From Dong Hoi airport you can get a taxi or shuttle bus to Phong Nha which takes around 45 minutes. You can choose other means of transportation. From Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An to Phong Nha by sleeper bus, or to Dong Hoi City by train. If you are planning to our tour once arrived in Phong Nha then please make sure your bus/train arrives before 6:00 am to take your tour on time.

    If your arrival time is too early, please contact us to get a FREE dorm bed at Oxalis Home to have a few hours rest before taking the tour. We have gathered all information regarding arrival and departure in the link below, please check for more details.
    https://oxalisadventure.com/arrival-departure-guide/

  • What is the weather like?

    The weather in Phong Nha is quite mild and divided into 4 main seasons.
    • Mid-November to early March: the weather is quite cold, the temperature ranges from 12-15°C;
    • Mid-March to late June: dry season, quite stable weather, light showers, temperatures in the range of 22-38°C (May to June is usually the peak heat wave, the temperature can rise up to 38 degrees);
    • Mid-July to mid-September: hot season, increased rainfall, temperature ranges from 25-35°C.
    • Mid-September to mid-November: rainy season, usually with prolonged heavy rain, possible flooding.
    (For safety reasons, Oxalis Adventure closes all tours during this time every year).
    In addition, typhoons, droughts or floods may occur in Phong Nha if the weather conditions are erratic. Prior 1 day to your arrival to Phong Nha, you can conveniently check the weather forecast and prepare for your trip accordingly, here: accuweather.com
    This website shows an approximately accurate weather forecast of the area.

  • My child (under 16 y/o) is accompanying me. Can they join the tour?

    If your child is in the age bracket of 11-16 y/o, we offer a private tour option. Feel free to contact our adventure consultant team for assistance in this regard.

  • What benefits will I enjoy if I book multiple tours and services with The Oxalis Group?

    The Oxalis Group has four primary members:
    Oxalis Adventure: Asia’s biggest adventure tour operator, conducting jungle and cave tours in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and Tu Lan Cave System.
    Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort: One of the top accommodations in Vietnam, blending a rustic countryside aura with luxury.
    Di Di Thoi: A full service tour operator located in Phong Nha, Quang Binh, offering a variety of classic tours, soft-adventures and inspiring local experiences.
    Son Đoong Bungalow: Based in the prime location of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Bungalow offers unique features of indigenous culture, magnificent landscapes and hospitable locals.

    • You will receive a 10% discount for the second tour and onwards for Oxalis Adventure*.
    • A special room rate at Chay Lap Farmstay & Resort at just VND 1.3 million/night, discounted from the original price of VND 2.6 million/night.
    • You will also enjoy a 10% discount on all Di Di Thoi tours.
    • Discount for room bookings at Son Doong Bungalow at VND 1.540 million for Family Room (maximum 4 adults), VND 1.120 million/night for Deluxe Rooms (1-2 adults) and VND 910.000/night for Superior Rooms (1-2 adults). Applicable to all guests booking tours with Oxalis Adventure or Di Di Thoi during the tour processing time.

    Our consultant will happily assist you, should you need further details on these benefits.

    (*) Except the Son Doong Expedition.

  • Where would the excess luggage be kept and how much luggage would the porters carry on tour?

    Your luggage will be kept at the offices in Phong Nha and Tan Hoa. For high-value belongings, please inform the staff, so that it can be stored safely in the locker.
    With 1-day tour, guests' items are not too many, so safety assistants can assist guests. In case guests have a lot of items, they will prepare a medium-sized backpack (type 15-20L) and bring it on their own during the journey.
    For 2-3 day tours, guests' equipment used at the camp will be supported by Oxalis porters, the maximum weight is 3kg / person / tour. The daily necessities will be brought by guests, Oxalis provides floating backpacks for visitors to Tu Lan and Hang Tien tours, guests prepare their own medium-sized backpacks (type 15-25L) when participating in Hang En and Hang Va.
    Similar provisions for the Tu Lan 4-day tour, however, luggage used at the camp has a maximum weight of 5kg / person / tour.

  • What if I am a solo traveler, can I join a group?

    Solo travelers are most welcome and make up a large percentage of most groups.

  • Why do I have to sign your Release Form?

    We require customers to sign our Release Form to confirm they accept this is an adventure tour and they have to follow our guide’s instructions and safety rules. Customers also accept they have some responsibilities for their own safety.

  • Which months of the year do you run this tour, and which are the best months to go?

    You can book the tour which departs from February to August. That is also the best time to join in the discovery and enjoy it at its best.

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

  • Camping gear: tent, camp light, sleeping bag, mattresses, pillow
  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves
  • Semi dry bag (for clothing and personal belongings excl. electronics) for inside your backpack
  • Meals: picnic lunches, breakfast (day 2), dinner (day 1)
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) 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)

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 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 small 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, underwears, toiletries

Pricing and availability

Please choose your departure date using the calendar below.

  • This tour is operated from Jan to Aug (closed from Sep to Dec).
  • The days in bold are still available
  • 2020 and 2021 tours are available for booking, please check calendar box belownew_releases
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