• 1.1 Tan hoa
  • 1.2 Tan Hoa Homestay
  • 1.3 Tan Hoa
  • 2.1 Rao Nan River
  • 2.2 Hung Ton Valley
  • 2.3 Hung Ton Valley
  • 2.4 Ken Cave
  • 2.5 Tu Lan Cave
  • 2.6 Tu Lan Cave
  • 3.1 Tu Lan Valley
  • 3.2 Tu Lan Cave
  • 3.3 Tu Lan Cave
  • 3.4 Tu Lan Tour
  • 3.5 Tien Cave
  • 3.6 Tu Lan Tour
  • 3.7 Tu Lan Tour

RT-051 Tu Lan 4-day expedition tour

Tour Code: RT-051
Duration: 4days/3nights

This skills-based caving adventure provides a highly informative insight into this unique caving region, home to the most spectacular caves and jungle of Vietnam!

On this 35 km tough jungle and cave trek there is plenty to keep your heart racing with some dark cave abseiling, bouldering,climbing and a lot of swimming through the caves. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region.

Our Tu Lan Expedition will take you to Hang Tien Cave, one of the largest caves in the region, and with your caving expert you’ll explore up to 2 km of this huge and impressive cave, which is certainly a highlight of the expedition!

ITINERARY

Day 1: Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Secret Cave - Tu Lan

The expedition takes off with pick up from your hotel in Phong Nha between 7:30 am and 8:00 am, before transferring to the village of Tan Hoa. Following a comprehensive safety brieng, the trek gets underway with a hike across peanut and buffalo elds (2.5 km) to the Rao Nan River. After crossing the river, it’s a 50 m climb up to the entrance of Secret Cave. Then, climb down to Hung Ton Valley (100 m), trek 800 m across Hung Ton Valley and conquer Hung Ton Mountain. A 2 km trail leads the ways to Mango Mountain, where lunch will be served picnic-style. It’s 2 km more to Tu Lan Valley and then arrival at Tu Lan Valley campsite for swimming around the cooling waterfall before a well-earned dinner with the team.

Day 2: Tu Lan - Hang Ken - Hang Kim - Hung Ton Valley

Breakfast starts this adventurous day off right, with a trek to Tu Lan Dry Cave and an abseil into Tu Lan Wet Cave to follow with a 1.5km journey through the cave on small rafts to the underground waterfalls. Return to campsite for swimming before a picnic lunch at camp. Continue the fun with a 200 m swim into Ken Cave where cave exploration must take place. After returning to camp, head out for Hang Kim (500 m trek) and proceed with further cave exploration. Swim and climb through Hang Kim (1 km) and exit at To Mo Valley. Trek to Hung Ton Wet Cave and swim through to the Hung Ton Valley Campsite, where another amazing BBQ (or vegetarian) dinner will be served. Sleep under the stars in Hung Ton Valley.

Day 3: Hung Ton Valley - La Ken Valley - Hung Nhai

Start off with breakfast and a 2.5 km trek across Hung Ton Valley and over the hill into La Ken Valley. Enjoy the cool river before trekking uphill and over the mountain to Dung Valley (2 km) where you will enjoy lunch en route. Follow the river and then prepare for a challenging rocky hill climb to get to Hung Ran Valley. Visit a small cave and waterfall before arriving at campsite in Hung Nhai. Rest up and enjoy the beautiful river location whilst dinner is prepared.

Day 4: Hung Nhai - Hang Tien - Phong Nha

Breakfast begins the day, prior to an uphill trek where a panoramic view of Cao Quang can be viewed. The day continues with swimming and a picnic lunch at a beautiful lagoon. After lunch, the tour will explore Hang Tien (1 km) and then walk along the stream and cross through the local village before heading back up to the main road. After one last river-crossing transfer to Phong Nha before 7:00 pm.

Availability: Weekly every Sunday (Seasonal from February through to end of August) 

Small Group Tours: 2 pax - 8 pax (join-in tours only/ no private tours available)

Adventure Level

The Tu Lan Expedition is moderate-to-hard for anyone who considers themselves physically fit and who participates in regular outdoor activities, and not suitable for those without trekking experience. You will trek approximately 30 km via overgrown jungle paths and valleys, and scramble over many boulders within the caves. You should be able to swim as you’ll explore a number of wet caves, up to 1.5 km in some cases. You should also feel comfortable having to climb through some small passages, and also up/down a 15 m ladder (with safety rope). You will be abseiling inside the cave, and whilst no experience is necessary, you should be ready for a tough ad tough adventure requiring both mental and physical strength.

Never forget you are deep in the jungle and the difficulty of this tour is also very dependent on the weather. It can get very cold during December to March (8 - 15 degrees Celsius) and very hot during June to August (32 - 38 degrees Celsius), not to mention anytime it rains the jungle becomes very slippery and muddy! It will certainly add to the adventure.

Safety is absolutely paramount on all trips operated by Oxalis Adventure Tours, and along with having the best caving equipment, you’ll be led by a cave expert from the British Cave Research Association and one of our local adventure guides. It is not suitable for those under 16 years.

We will provide you with the following:

• Camping gear: hammock/tent, camp light, sleeping bag

• Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, life jacket, gloves

• Light PVC backpack (if you do not want to take your own, as it will get wet)

• Dry bag (for clothing and personal belongings excl. electronics)

• Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 38 - 46

• Meals: picnic lunches, breakfast (day 2, 3 & 4), dinner (day 1, 2 & 3)

• Caving expert from the British Cave Research Association

• Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistant

• Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare all meals

• Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)

• Katadyn (Swiss-made) water purier (used only by guide and porters) and water bottle

• 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

Please also bring with you the following:

• 2 long (easy to dry) pants and 2 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)

• 2 pair of shorts and t-shirts to wear at campsite and swim suit

• 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes (if you prefer your own comfortable pair)

• 1 pair of ip ops (sandals) for campsite

• 1 medium size towel

• 3-4 pairs of calf length close weave socks (not ankle socks!)

• Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries

If you are trekking in the colder months (December – March) please bring additional warm clothes for the evening and an extra change of long pants and shirt for swimming. 

Duration: 4days/3nights (join tour only)

Operating: from Feb to Aug (closed from Sep to Jan)

Adventure Level: Moderate-to-hard (35 km) for fhysically active guests (swimming is necessary)

Availability: Weekly, every Friday

Small group tour: Average 2paxs -8 paxs

Minimum Age: 16 years

Tour starts: 07:30am – 08:00am from any local hotel in Phong Nha

Tour ends: 05:00pm – 06:00pm at any local hotel in Phong Nha

Tour price: 14.630.000vnd