This tour is perfect if you want a solid taste of adventure in the amazing Tu Lan jungle and cave system. You’ll also be subjected to a decent amount of trekking with over 12 km of tough jungle terrain covered over the two days and plenty of swimming! Once the day’s adventures are over get ready for a night in the jungle at the amazing Tu Lan campsite located by a beautiful waterfall. You’ll enjoy a delicious BBQ beside the campfire before turning in to the sounds of jungle critters and rushing waters of the nearby waterfall. With climbing, trekking, and swimming through river caves, this will surely be a highlight of your travels in Vietnam.
(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 1||Hue – Dong Hoi||Chay Lap Farmstay||N/A|
|Day 2||Phong Nha – Hang Ken||Camping / Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 3||Tu Lan – La Ken||Camping / Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 4||La Ken – Tien Valley||Camping / Tent||B, L, D|
|Day 5||Tien Cave – Dong Hoi||Chay Lap Farmstay||B, L, D|
Adventure Level 5
Tu Lan Expedition is moderate to hard for anyone who considers themselves physically fit and who participates in regular outdoor activities, swimming necessary, and not suitable for those without trekking experience.
The expedition covers:
Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, signboard with your name on it, if you cannot locate your guide, please go to the nearest Information counter and have them call the emergency number (+84) 9 1349 3398 for assistance. Your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel.
Free at leisure. Have a good rest before the expedition next day!
08:00 am our team will pick you up and transfer to Tan Hoa Village to attend the safety briefing, check on gears, equipment, and sign the Release Form at Tu Lan office prior to trekking. .
10:00 am the trek starts with an easy hike across peanut and buffalo fields to the river (2.5km).
11:00 – 11:30 am: the group will go through the first cave named Secret Cave.
11:30 – 12:00 am: expedition inside Secret Cave, follow trek to Hung Ton Cave.
1:00 pm: lunch break
From Hung Ton, trek through the jungle to Tu Lan campsite. At camp, time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before swimming into Ken Cave to the photo viewpoint.
08:00 am: breakfast. Then, the expedition group will visit Tu Lan Dry Cave, and abseil 15m down into the river passage of Tu Lan Wet Cave with the support of our guide team. You might swim or boat out of the cave depends on season / weather.
10:00 am: enter Kim Cave via dry entrance, keep following the dry passage to the underground river and swim through the cave to exit into picturesque To Mo Valley.
1:00 – 2:00 pm: lunch break. We then swim into Ton Cave, explore the dry passage and climb up the ladder to exit the cave.
3:00 – 05:00 pm: trek to La Ken Valley
05:30 pm: reach La Ken Campsite where you can enjoy swimming in the natural pools.
06:00 pm: a fulfilling dinner will be served.
08:00 am: breakfast
09:00 am: start trekking over the hill and through Bat Cave, including a short swim. A photo stop of a beautiful waterfall is on the other side of the cave.
11:00 am: crossing Hung Nhai valley to the bottom of the hill.
12:00 – 1:00 pm: lunch by the river. Enjoy its fertile valleys, breathe in the fresh air.
2:00 pm: reach a tranquil magnificent blue lagoon located right in the middle of the jungle surrounded by rocks. It’s a great opportunity to have a refreshing swim, and capture some excellent photos when the sun goes down.
05:00 pm: settle at campsite beside the lagoon. BBQ dinner is waiting for you. This definitely will gain energy for your upcoming exploration tomorrow.
08:00 am: have a big breakfast to gear up for a big trek today.
09:00 am – 1:00 pm: Hike to the largest cave in Tu Lan Cave system named Tien Cave (Fairy Cave), including 2 sections.
Tien Cave 1lies beyond a field of boulders and the entrance is magnificent. Limestone pools are stacked high and add to the magical feeling of this cave. Travel deeper into Tien Cave and try the 18m flying fox. Each of you will be equipped with professional safety equipment (harness, locking karabiners, and tandem pulleys). You will pull yourself across the steel cable as if you were floating in the air. The group then keeps on the journey through Tien Cave 1 to the exit, and through Tien Cave 2 before making the way back.
Lunch will take place at the exit of Tien Cave 1 on the return through Tien Cave.
Then the group will process back, trek over the hill to the road where you’ll be pick up and returned to the office around 4:30 pm.
At the office, you will have time to take a proper shower as you wish or have a cold drink, collect your luggage, and transfer to Chay Lap Farmstay.
07:30 pm: Gala dinner with your expedition team.
Enjoy breakfast at hotel.
Free at leisure until departure time for your flight back home.