Hang Va Expedition 2 days 1 night
Day 1: Phong Nha Hang Nuoc Nut - Hang Va jungle camp
For your convenience, we will pick you up at your hotel in Phong Nha between 8:00 8:30 am and
drive to Oxalis Headquarters. At Oxalis Headquarters, you will collect your gear and listen to a
tour briefing before driving 45 minutes through the National Park to the trailhead.
From the trailhead, we will enter the jungle and hike to the entrance of Hang Nuoc Nut. Here we
put on our Petzl helmets and Hope Technology 1500 lumen head lamps. Once inside the low
opening, the cave enlarges dramatically and we explore the high level series with excellent
photographic opportunities. We have a picnic lunch with ice cold drinks provided before setting
off in the cave for around 2 km. Enjoy the beautiful formations, enormous passage and
underground river, again with many photographic opportunities.
Leaving the cave you will trek on a jungle path which, though short, traverses over tough and
difficult terrain. The jungle campsite is located at the base of huge cliffs next to the entrance of
Hang Va. Camp will be set up and tea/coffee will be supplied as well as a delicious dinner served
by our local chef. This is a true jungle camp and a great experience around camp fire listening to
the jungle noises.
Day 2: Hang Va Phong Nha
Day 2 is the highlight of the expedition. Before experiencing this fantastic cave, Hang Va, you will
have a delicious breakfast at around 8:00 am.
First, you will have to climb down the steep entrance of Hang Va. It can be quite slippery, so move
slowly and with care. To assure your safety, we will have a rope for you to clip into with a harness
which will be provided for you. You will continue to wear the harness at all times inside Hang Va
After that, if we are early, there is a chance to swim in a downstream pool inside Hang Va before
heading upstream. You will walk most of the time in water flowing through the river passage,
climb up and down, and squeeze between the rocks. The water level of the river passage can be as
high as chest level, so be ready to be wet for about 4 hours.
When you reach the end of the wet passage, you will need to use the harness again to carefully
climb up to the high level passage. You will be amazed with this high level area because of its stunning
formations, really rare throughout the world. In this area, we will have a lot of time to take
beautiful images with the support of Hope lights and extra lights prepared specifically for photography
in Hang Va Cave.
Finally, we will head back to the camp, enjoy lunch and at around 2:00 pm, walk back to the road
by a different route to the pick up point. Our driver will take you back to your hotel in Phong Nha
by about 5:00 pm.
We will provide you with the following:
Camping gear: tent, camp light, sleeping bag
Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves
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), dinner (day 1)
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:
1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (quick dry)
1 pair of shorts and t-shirt to wear at campsite
1 pair of trekking boots/shoes (if you prefer your own comfortable pair)
1 pair of flip flop (sandals) for campsite
1 medium size towel
1 -2 pairs of calf length close weave socks (not ankle socks!)
Small backpack for your water bottle and personal belongings
Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries