Day 1 - Phong Nha – Hoa Son – Hang Ruc Mon 1 – Tang Hoa
8:00 ~ 8:45 AM: Once everyone has been picked up you’ll be driven 30km over the historic Da Deo Mountain Pass. Here you’ll enjoy some 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. During the two hour drive your guides will tell you all about the spectacular history of the area and prepare you for the adventures that await you?
11:00 AM: When you arrive and park, you will embark on a thirty minute walk to the Chut village where you can spend some time to get acquainted there. You can leave your excess luggage and just take your tour necessities. Then you’ll hit the jungle trail! It is a 2km trek past peanut plantations and many water buffalo, and into the jungle. After wading across the river you’ll reach the ginormous entrance of Hang Ruc Mon. When you reach the entrance of 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.
12:30 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! It is a leisurely swim, approximately 1.5km to the dry path. From here you will explore the many huge chambers from this entrance of the cave. 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. You can find fossils, see cave pearls and lose yourself happily in this cave. 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 about three hours in here, pausing for breaks if you feel tired, or going deeper into the abyss if you dare! Once back at the cave entrance, you’ll have a chance to dry off and after a half an hour trek you will arrive back at the village.
5:00 PM: Once back among the Chut people you will enjoy their warm hospitality and a hot or cold drink. Vietnam is home to 54 unique minorities, each with their own language, culture and customs. You’ll find yourself helpless to the charms of the Chut people of Tang Hoa. You will have dinner with your village hosts and enjoy an overnight stay in a traditional stilt house. You have the whole evening to absorb the feel of the village and relax.
Day 2 - Tang Hoa – Hang Ruc Mon 2 – Yen Phu Lake – Phong Nha
8:00 AM: Wake up for a breakfast with eggs and your choice of bread or noodles.
9:00 AM: We’ll start the day off right by traversing through the beautiful and biodiverse Ke Bang National Park. Upon reaching Yen Phu village you will set off towards Yen Phu Lake, the residence of the famous giant King Kong. Here we will walk for 6-7kms (roughly 4 miles) crossing several rivers through the picturesque mountains.
12:00 PM: Finally, we’ll arrive in Hang Ruc Mon 2, this is the back entrance of the Hang Ruc Mon 1 cave. Here we will cool off in the mineral rich waters at the cave entrance while our picnic lunch is prepared. Once reinvigorated by lunch, we will swim about 800m into the cave. After exploring the cave for a bit we’ll swim back to the entrance before quickly looking into another dry cave passage. All together we’ll spend about an hour and a half inside the cave.
3:00 PM: Once we’re done exploring the cave system we will trek through the vast peanut plantations on our way to the remote Yen Phu lake. Here we’ll enjoy a well-deserved cold and refreshing drink while basking in the fairytale landscape of the emerald waters and mountainous backdrop.
4:00 PM: Say goodbye to the lovely village and return to Phong Nha. With your adventure tour nearly complete, the last leg of the tour is a 70km car ride back to town through the historic Da Deo Mountain Pass. Here you’ll have time to reflect on the sights and experiences of the past two days.
5:30 PM: We’ll all arrive back in Phong Nha. Here you will be delivered back to your local hotel where you will be free to recount the tale of your magical two day excursion!
We will provide you with the following:
✓ Free pick up from guest’s accommodation using our new, spacious, and air conditioned bus
✓ Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide assistance
✓ Caving and safety gear: caving helmet, headlamp, life jacket, gloves, socks
✓ 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes and travel towel
✓ Dry box for phones and small cameras
✓ Complimentary lunch
✓ Porter to prepare meals and water
✓ 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
▪ 2 set of clothes to change after the tour for 2 days
▪ 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 and that unexpected changes of itinerary may occur due to weather conditions.
As a result of this cave being so near the Laotian border, getting there will take some unique, and provided for, travel arrangements.