Highlights

This is a challenging trek to visit Hang Tien 1 & 2 - two biggest caves of Tu Lan cave system. Hang Tien means Fairy Cave in Vietnamese as it looks otherworldly with an enormous entrance, calcite formations and rock features. The 2 day trek includes 1 night camping by the tranquil springs in the middle of lush jungle.

  • Biggest dry caves in the area
  • Rocky terrain trekking
  • Gorgeous natural pool
  • Tranquil jungle campsite
  • Best stargazing destination
  • Amazing food

Itinerary

Due to the weather conditions the itinerary may need to be changed at short notice. The paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.

BRIEFING: PHONG NHA - TAN HOA - OXALIS OFFICE

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 2 day tour

  • Availability: Mid-Nov to mid-Sep Every Mon, Wed and Fri

  • Difficulty: Level 3 - Moderate

  • Group size: 2-10 people; 16+ years old

  • Distance: 8km trekking; 3km caving; 350m elevation gain; 10m ladder climb

Phong Nha - Tan Hoa - Safety Briefing

You will be picked up from your hotel between 7.30 and 8 AM, for the an hour drive to Oxalis office in Tan Hoa, located 70 km from Phong Nha. Here you will have a tour briefing and prepare for the tour.

PHONG NHA – TAN HOA – CAO QUANG

The trek starts off with a steep uphill section, leading into the jungle.

Some rocky sections over the top, and then a similarly steep descent before the trail levels off and you enter the valley. After 15 minutes you will reach your camp site and the natural swimming pool. Spend the evening enjoying the dinner prepared by your porter team. Play some cards, chat or just enjoy the natural sights and sounds.

HANG TIEN 1 – HANG TIEN 2 – TAN HOA – PHONG NHA

In the morning the trail is a large jumble of rocks to pick your way over, with the help and direction of the guide and safety team.

The huge entrance is at the head of the valley. Enjoy a full lunch before starting the cave exploration. As you enter the cave, you will see many unusual cave features such as a ceiling dome, and multiple layers of rock, giving the walls a stripy appearance. A 10m ladder will be climbed up with a safety rope, and a short distance later you will see the end of the cave, an opening into the jungle. Continue into the jungle valley and trek for around 30 minutes to the second cave. A small opening with swirling stripy patterns on the walls drops into a much larger passage filled with calcite formations. Turn around and retrace the journey back to the entrance, across the jungle through the first cave down the rocky valley and enjoy a picnic lunch. Refreshed, it’s then time for the big hill back up and down to the road for the pickup and return to the office for a shower. Transfer to Phong Nha arriving around 6pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparations

Please visit our FAQ general page to read our specific What to Bring list before departing for Vietnam and your cave expedition.

WE WILL PROVIDE

  • Camping gear: tent, camp light, sleeping bag, mattresses, pillow
  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves
  • Light PVC backpack (if you do not want to take your own, as it will get wet)
  • Semi dry bag (for clothing and personal belongings excl. electronics) for inside your backpack
  • Meals: Picnic lunch (Day 1 & 2), Breakfast (Day 2), Dinner (Day 1)
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • 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)
  • Water filter and purifier (used only by guide and porters)
  • 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 Oxalis Headquarters to store all luggage you will not be taking on the trek

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING

  • 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 plus your swim suit.
  • 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary
  • 1 pair of flip flop (sandals) for campsite
  • 1 medium size towel
  • 1 backpack to hold personal items
  • 2 pair of calf length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
  • 1 change of clothes for after the tour
  • 1 pair of calf-length densely woven socks (not ankle socks!)
  • 1 set of camp clothes (shorts are okay for around camp; please bring a fleece in winter)
  • Personal items:mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwears, toiletries

Pricing and availability

Please choose your departure date in calendar box below book your tour with us.

  • This tour is operated from mid-Nov to mid-Sep (closed from mid-Sep to October).
  • The days in bold are still available