Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer
Day 1: Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Tu Lan
You will be picked up in Phong Nha between 7:30 am and 8:80 am at your hotel and driven to the little
village of Tan Hoa for your initial safety briefing. Youll then set off across sweeping fields for 2.5 km
to the Rao Nan River, where climbing ensues (50 m), up a rocky slope to find the entrance of Secret
Cave for your first cave discovery.
Youll then trek through Hung Ton Valley and up Hung Ton Mountain. Its 2 km more along the
mountain ridge until Mango Mountain, where the reward is a picnic lunch and from there, the trek
continues into and through Tu Lan Valley (2 km). Youll finish your afternoon on a more relaxed note
with swimming around the waterfall, followed by a BBQ dinner, and singing around the campfire until
sleep overcomes you.
Day 2: Tu Lan - Hang Kim - To Mo
The morning arrives with another full day of adventure. Shortly following breakfast comes a 200 m
swim directly into Tu Lan Cave. Trek 2 km back through the valley to loop back to camp for more
waterfall swimming, a rest, and picnic lunch.
Post-lunch, its a 200 m swim into Ken Cave, followed by a 500 m trek to Hang Kim where swimming
(450 m) and exploration (500 m) continues before adventuring 500 m on through To Mo Valley to the
To Mo Cave campsite. Enjoy another beautifully prepared dinner, and the unique experience of
camping inside a cave set deep in the Vietnamese jungle.
Day 3: To Mo - Tan Hoa - Phong Nha
The last day continues to exude more adventure with breakfast and then a morning swim 200 m
upstream past the waterfall and through Hung Ton Cave via what is usually the exit of the cave.
Investigation of the dry passage leads to a 15 m ladder climb up to the entrance of Hung Ton. After
trekking across Hung Ton Valley and over the hill to La Ken Valley (2.5 km), enjoy lunch by the river
prior to visiting Hung Chuot (300 m).
Early afternoon holds the return trip across Rao Nan River, the beautiful fields, and back to Tan Hoa
(2.5 km), where a cold drink will be calling your name. Showers are available for those who would like
to clean up and change. The tour returns to Phong Nha by 5:30 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