A full day of trekking, swimming, climbing and exploring Ruc Mon cave
In this tour you will explore from the second entrance of Hang Ruc Mon. (‘Hang’ is the Vietnamese word for ‘cave’.) The day will start off with a beautiful drive through the Da Deo mountain pass where we will stop for a quick picture. We will continue driving to Yen Phu village where we will start trekking through Yen Phu lake (depending on season). Shortly after will be the first of three river crossings and trek past the breath taking mountain views and lush nature. Once arriving to the mouth of the cave you will be greeted with a delicious BBQ lunch cooked and served by local porters. After lunch and a quick break we will set off to explore, swim, climb and boulder our way through 1.5-2km adventure of Ruc Mon cave, it will be up to you how far we dare to go. After exciting the cave you will have time to change clothes relax and enjoy a nice hot coffee or tea.
This cave was only recently discovered and accessible for tourists, so you can lead the way and be one of the pioneering adventurers here! Hang Ruc Mon is 16 kilometers long, up to 32 meters high and 13 meters wide, making it in the top three largest cave in the Phong Nha area. By joining this adventure with Green Land Tours you can experience the incredible world beneath the earth’s surface beautifully sparkling rock, towering stalagmites and stalactites dripping down to form over hundreds of millions of years. You will swim in the crystal clear water running through an ancient river that forged a path as it pushed through minuscule cracks in the limestone. En route you will get to visit a local village, Yen Phu Lake as well as one of the dramatic filming locations of the latest King Kong movie. There are no other companies going to Hang Ruc Mon, so if you want to get off the beaten track and discover true peacefulness in the Vietnamese countryside, this is the tour for you. Our friendly guides will help you along the way, leaving you feeling comfortable and safe throughout and the stunning scenery will help you to relax and rejuvenate you.
So prepare to whet your appetite for adventure as you dive in to explore as many kilometers as you can handle of swimming, climbing and bouldering through our incredible Hang Ruc Mon.
We look forward to welcoming you to Phong Nha and Hang Ruc Mon!
Duration: 1 day
Adventure Level: Easy/medium for physically active guests
✓ 12 km of jungle trekking
✓ Sightseeing at Da Deo Mountain Pass
✓ Hiking through Yen Phu Lake
✓ Crossing Rivers along the trekking pathway before reaching the entrance of the cave
✓ Exploring and Swimming 1.5-2km inside the Cave (the second entrance of Ruc Mon Cave)
✓ Enjoy the jungle BBQ lunch
Group size: Average 2-20 pax (minimum requirement of 2 persons to operate)
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Tour Starts: 7:30 am- 8:00 am from any local hotel in Phong Nha
Tour Ends: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha
Price: 1,650,000 VND/pers (price inclusive of VAT & environment/ entrance fees)
We will provide you with the following:
✓ Caving and safety gear: caving helmet, headlight, life jacket, gloves, socks
✓ 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes
✓ Travel towel
✓ Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide assistance
✓ Free pick up from guest’s accommodation
✓ Complimentary lunch
✓ Porter to prepare meals and water
✓ Dry box for phones and small cameras
✓ First Aid kit
Please also bring with you the following:
▪ 1 long sleeved shirt
▪ 1 pair of long pants (preferably quick-dry)
▪ 1 set of swim wear for swimming
▪ 1 set of clothes to change after the tour
▪ Recommended personal items: mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc.
We would like to remind our expedition members not to bring jewelry and other valuable accessories.
Unexpected changes on itinerary might happen due to the weather conditions
Phong Nha – Yen Phu – Ruc Mon Cave 2
7:30 - 8:00 AM: Your day kicks off nice and early you will be collected from your hotel in Phong Nha
8:00 AM. Once everyone has been picked up and you have picked out a pair of shoes/sandals and socks you’ll be driven 30km over the historic Da Deo Mountain Pass. Here you’ll enjoy breathtaking views looking down into the jungle and get some insight into the history of the area and the mountain range through which you’ll be exploring. Upon reaching Yen Phu village you will set off towards Yen Phu Lake with your porter.
9:15 AM: Once you arrive at the lake, a perfect photo opportunity, your guide will give you some information as you have a chance to appreciate the peaceful nature alongside the cows, buffalos and birds. Your trek continues for approximately an hour and a half further to the entrance of the cave, through glorious landscapes, the residence of the famous giant King Kong… so tread lightly…
12:00 PM: When you reach the entrance to the cave you will have some time to relax and rest your legs while a delicious BBQ meal is prepared for you. A vegetarian option is always available. You will feast local style where all the food is spread out onto banana leaves, you can pick and choose what you want and wrap it up in spring roll rice paper.
12.45 PM: Re-energised for the next part of the tour, you enter the cave by leaping into the crystal clear water, sure to wake you up after lunch and prepare you for the adventure! You will swim through the entrance and into the darkness. Click on your head lamps and explore through swimming, wading, climbing and bouldering with your friendly guide helping you along the way. Pause to respect millennia of history that it took to form the incredible stalagmites and stalactites, rare stone formations exclusive of other caves you might see in the Phong Nha area. Touch the stone where the water has shaped its path, dip your hand into the deep dimples that have eroded away over time. You can spend two to three hours here, pausing for breaks if you feel tired, or going deeper into the abyss if you dare!
3:45 PM: Once back at the cave entrance, you’ll have a chance to dry off and change back into your trekking clothes, have a drink and a snack before heading back to the village. You can take a slightly shorter route for this part, so don’t worry if you have tired legs! You will say goodbye to the village, jump into the van and head back to Phong Nha. You’ll have time to reflect on the sights and experiences of your day and share email addresses and photos with your group.
5:30-6:00 PM: Arrival back into Phong Nha! You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Phong Nha where you’ll be free to recount your day to fellow travelers, or friends and family back home. And you still have plenty of time to get ready for an evening out, or to get ready to take a night bus!
Lots of fun. We went swimming, trekking and climbing on the rocks. Was like bouldering inside the darkness of the cave. It was a wonderful experience. It felt real, i'm definitely recommending!