Tu Lan Expedition 4 Days

Note: We are closed for this tour until 4-Jan-2020.
During this time, our staff will enter the cave to clean up and prepare for the new tourist season.

On this tough jungle and cave trek there is plenty to keep your heart racing with some dark cave exploring, climbing and a lot of swimming through the caves. You will also explore extraordinary caves, including Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region.

Within 4 days and 3 nights in the wild and a night in cozy comfort at Chay Lap Farmstay, our Tu Lan Expedition will take you to almost all of the explored caves and jungle in Tu Lan area and give you a dose of indulgence at our rural retreat. It will certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Cave Kingdom of Vietnam.

per adult from

$1,463

NZD

Duration

5 days

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • 1 night’s accommodation at Chay Lap Farmstay (single or twin-shared)
    • Camping gear: tent, camp light, sleeping bag, mattresses, pillow
    • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, life jacket, gloves, safety harness, ropes..
    • Professional caving headlight (Hope Technology headlights – 1500 lumens)
    • Photography lighting supports (Hope Technology – R8 3,000 lumens)
    • 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 36 – 46
    • Meals: picnic lunch and dinner (day 1, 2, 3 & 4), breakfast (day 2, 3, 4, and departure)
    • Gala dinner on day 4
    • Professional English-speaking tour guide and guide safety assistants
    • Porter team to carry all camping gear and prepare all meals
    • Porter team to carry all your personal belongings to camp
    • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras)
    • Water purifier (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)
    • Secure Storage Facility at Tan Hoa office to store all luggage you will not be taking on the trek
    • 2 group transfers from Chay Lap Farmstay to Dong Hoi city center after tour
    • 1 hour complimentary kayaking at Chay Riverside
    • Entry/Admission - Tu Lan Caving Center
    • Entry/Admission - Phong Nha Caves
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Travel insurance
    • Any additional costs other than those mentioned above
    • additional expenses may include laundry services
    • extra food & drink
    • additional water sports & river cruises at Chay Lap Farmstay.
    • Tip for guide team and porter team

  • Day 1: Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Secret Cave - Hung Ton Cave - Tu Lan Campsite - Hang Ken

    Stop At: Tu Lan Caving Center, Tan Hoa Village, Minh Hoa District, Dong Hoi 45000 Vietnam
    The expedition takes off with a pickup from any local hotel at Phong Nha at 7:30 – 8:00 am and a transfer to Tan Hoa village. You’ll attend the safety briefing, check on gears, equipment & sign the Release Form at Tu Lan office prior to trekking. At 10:00 am, the trek gets underway with a hike across peanut and buffalo fields (2.5 km) to the Rao Nan River.

    After crossing the river, the group will go through the first cave of this expedition called Secret Cave at 11 am. The journey within Secret Cave then proceeds forward with a trek to Hung Ton Cave entrance. The journey within Secret Cave and the following trek to Hung Ton will take from about 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. At the entrance of Hung Ton you will take a break and enjoy lunch until about 1:00 pm.

    From Hung Ton, trek through the jungle to Tu Lan Campsite. At camp, you’ll get settled and have time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before swimming into Ken Cave to the photo viewpoint where a famous picture of this cave was taken. There will be more time for swimming afterwards at the small waterfall by camp, while our porter team prepares a delicious dinner
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping at "thousand stars hotel" in Ken Cave

    Day 2: Tu Lan - Hang Kim - To Mo - Hung Ton - La Ken - Hung Dung Campsite

    Stop At: Tu Lan Caving Center, Tan Hoa Village, Minh Hoa District, Dong Hoi 45000 Vietnam
    Breakfast starts this adventurous day around 8:00 am. Then, the expedition group will see the namesake of the tour, Tu Lan Cave. Visit Tu Lan Dry Cave and abseil down (15 m) into the river passage of Tu Lan Wet Cave with the support of our guide team. You will either swim or boat out of the cave (exit mode depends on season/weather).

    Hang Kim is next, and you’ll enter via the dry entrance, follow the dry passage to the underground river and swim through the cave to exit into picturesque To Mo Valley. We will have lunch here from about 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Then, we will swim into Ton Cave, explore the dry passage and climb up the ladder to exit the cave.

    It takes a further 2.5 hours to trek to La Ken Valley and then you’ll reach the Hung Dung Campsite (around 5:30 pm) where everyone can enjoy swimming in the natural pools. In cooler weather, you can spend this extra time taking photos of the waterfall and drinking more cups of coffee or tea. Enjoy a fulfilling dinner at around 6:00 pm.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping at Hung Dung Campsite

    Day 3: La Ken - Hung Nhai - Tien Valley - Tien Campsite

    Stop At: Tu Lan Caving Center, Tan Hoa Village, Minh Hoa District, Dong Hoi 45000 Vietnam
    At 8:00 am, the day starts with breakfast ready when you wake up. Around 9:00 am, trek over the hill through legendary jungle of Tu Lan Cave System.

    At 11:00 am, cross Hung Nhai Valley to the bottom of the hill.

    Enjoy its fertile valleys; breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy every moment of it. You then will reach a tranquil magnificent blue lagoon located right in the middle of the jungle surrounded by rocks. This kind of scenery is rare in the world, it makes you wish you could stop the time and live in this moment forever.

    Here you’ll be able to enjoy a refreshing swim, and capture some excellent photos when the sun goes down. Your campsite of the night will be right beside the lagoon, where the mouth-watering fulfilling BBQ dinner prepared by porter team is waiting; this definitely will gain energy for your upcoming exploration of Hang Tien 1 and Hang Tien 2 the following day.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Stay at night in Hang Tien

    Day 4: Hang Tien 1 - Hang Tien 2 - Tan Hoa - Chay Lap Farmstay

    Stop At: Tu Lan Caving Center, Tan Hoa Village, Minh Hoa District, Dong Hoi 45000 Vietnam
    Have a big breakfast to gear up for this big, final day of the trek. Hike to the largest cave in Tu Lan Cave System, Hang Tien. Known as Fairy Cave, Hang Tien has two sections and you will explore both from about 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.

    Hang Tien 1 lies beyond a field of boulders and the entrance is magnificent. Rimstone pools are stacked high and add to the magical feeling of this cave. Travel deeper into Hang Tien cave then keeps on the journey through Hang Tien 1 to its exit and then through Hang Tien 2 before making your way back.

    Lunch will take place on the return through Hang Tien, at the exit of Hang Tien 1. Then the group will proceed back through Hang Tien 1. Trek over the hill to the road where you’ll be picked up and returned to the office around 4:00 – 4:30 pm.

    At Tan Hoa office, you will have time to take a proper shower that you have been waiting for many days, have a cold drink, collect your luggage and be transferred to Chay Lap Farmstay. Check in at the hotel around 6:00 pm, and then enjoy a gala dinner with your expedition team around 7:30 pm. The night will be spent at Chay Lap.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Stay in homestay at Chay Lap farmstay

    Day 5: Departure Day: Transfer to Dong Hoi

    Stop At: Phong Nha Caves, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park 510000 Vietnam
    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, take a swim in the pool at Chay Lap, or enjoy Chay Lap water sports center before leaving. Off-property excursions are available as well and can be booked directly through Chay Lap Farmstay. Please contact our adventure consultant to be served and inform your departure time to your tour guide the night before to arrange transfer service. We wish you all the best in your onward travels!
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We would like to pick up all travelers centrally located in Phong Nha town and if you stay at Dong Hoi, surcharge $30USD
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Phong Nha Locals Travel & Transport

Activity ID: V-45825P36

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