Day 1: Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – Hang Ruc (L,D)
Your first day begins in Dong Hoi with pickup from your local hotel around 7:30 – 8:00 am.
From 8:00 – 9:30 am, you’ll make your way to Oxalis’s Tan Hoa office, where you will learn all about safety measures collect your gear and sign our Release Form before departure at 10:30 am. The first part of the walk is tricky with 1 hour trekking uphill and then a hike down alongside the river.
You will make a stop for lunch at around 13:00 – 13:30 pm. At 14:00 pm, you’ll cross the river, and then follow the path to Hang Ruc. Here you’ll find a pretty stream cave with short swims and flowstone cascades.
Around 16:00 pm, make your way out of Hang Ruc Cave and trek upriver to the campsite. Camp is located next to a beautiful natural jungle pool. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a refreshing swim and time to take some great photos before the sun goes down. While you set up camp, the porters will grill up a fulfilling BBQ dinner for you to gain energy for your upcoming exploration of Hang Tien 1 and Hang Tien 2 the following day.
Day 2: Hang Tien 1 – Hang Tien 2 – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha (B,L)
Wake up in your jungle campsite to breakfast prepared bright and early by the porter team. After enjoying your breakfast, you’ll need to climb over a field of boulders before being greeted by the sight of Hang Tien 1 around 9:00 am.
Within Hang Tien 1, about 50 m inside the entrance, lays a large chamber where the ceiling is beautifully patterned. The cave has two sections, one on the right side which goes deep down, and we will pass on the left hand side with many gour pools. Pushing forward, the tour will continue through most of Hang Tien 1 and up a ladder, from which the exit of Hang Tien 1 will be visible. The exit will be reached around 11:00 am.
Trek through the jungle for thirty minutes and at 11:30 am, you’ll head back into the subterranean world known as Hang Tien 2. Here you’ll find many formations, and you’ll trek about 300 m into the cave, before making your way out, back through the exit of Hang Tien 1.
Enjoy a picnic lunch.
The next couple hours will be filled with your return trek to the road, where cold drinks will await for you.
Arrive back at the office around 16:00 pm, where you’ll have time to shower and change into fresh clothes before heading back to Dong Hoi. The endeavor will end at 18:30 pm in Dong Hoi.