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Type : Land tour
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- Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – To Mo – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha
Start your day (except Thursday) with pick-up from your guesthouse in Phong Nha between 7:00 and 7:30 (please be ready!).
You’ll then drive 70 km over the Da Deo Mountain Pass to reach the ethnic minority village of Tan Hoa and our headquarters. You can leave all your luggage at our office in the storage room.
After a safety briefing and gear check the days adventure begins with a 2 km walk across peanut and buffalo fields to reach the Rao Nan River.
After crossing the river you’ll climb your first mountain, an old jungle cow trail through the thick jungle (1.5 km).
You’ll then cross Hung Ton Valley through the thick scrub and one more small river crossing to reach Hung Ton Cave. Explore this wild cave by descending a 15 m ladder with safety harness before swimming 50 m through the cave and underground river to reach To Mo Valley, where a delicious BBQ lunch will be awaiting you.
After swimming at the waterfall trek over Hung Ton Mountain (1 km), across Hung Ton Valley (500 m), and another small hill down to Rao Nan River (500 m).
Here you’ll cross the jungle (400 m) to reach the impressive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave) to explore its massive formations for up to 200 m.
You’ll finish the day crossing back over the Rao Nan River, peanut and buffalo fields (2.5 km) to our headquarters, where a cold drink and shower will be awaiting your return.
Depart Tan Hoa at 17:00 and return to Phong Nha at 18:30 and you will be dropped at your guesthouse.
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9.2Based on 5 reviews
Value for money
01 Dec 2018
Went on the 1Day Tu Lan Cave tour on 13 Nov (1st day after wet season break). What a fantastic day - hiking, fording rivers, climbed down into cave and swam/floated through the cave and out into river. Helmets with lights were handy. Beautiful lunch riverside then hiked through prehistoric jungle and karst mountains to dry cave with bats, frogs, huge spiders. Our guides were very entertaining and informative on the hike and on return bus trip along Ho Chi Minh trail. An amazing day, hot showers at the end were nice touch !
19 Jun 2018
I visited some caves in Phong Nha: Hang En cave, Dark cave, Paradise cave, E Cave,.. but Tu Lan is the best. That tour is amazing, don't miss it if you come to Phong Nha.
17 Apr 2018
A highlight of our trip to Vietnam. Small group of 10 (just what we wanted) with guide and 2 porters. Caving was spectacular with lots to see, steep ladder decent and swim in the cave. Lovely lunch prepared for us before quite a strenuous and slippery climb in the jungle. Porter really helpful thru tricky sections. Our teenage boys loved it. Wear good shoes and I was pleased to have a hiking stick. Highly recommend.
29 Jan 2018
The cave is truly a hidden gem, Tour guide was super attentive! Thanks so so much!
07 Dec 2017
This trek rates as one of the most challenging things my 45 year old falling apart body has been through in recent years. With a knee replacement and shoulder reco calling, I was umming and ahhing as to whether to do this but I’m so glad I did. We scaled and descended almost vertical rock face in extremely muddy and slippery conditions, visited the massive Hang Chuot (Rat Cave), had brief reprieves walking through valley floors, and made our way up to the entrance of Hang Ton, which afforded a brilliant view of the valley below. A very long ladder inside the cave leads to the cave floor, and from there the journey truly began. We had to swim through the cave river (fully clothed) to reach the other side and out to another valley. All with only our headlamps to light the way. A late lunch was prepared by the shore of a beautiful small waterfall. The trek back to where we started along a different route proved the most eventful of the day. The sun went down earlier than they had anticipated so we were left to climb, descend and swim back across a raging open river with only our headlamps. The memories of this amazing jungle trek will live on in my mind forever.