2 days & 1 night starts from $ 325 | $ 147 per day
All incl. transfers + fees + camping gear + safety gear + porters + guide + trekking + meals
Friends Travel Vietnam - organized this unique cave experience. Come and explore Hang En Cave located within the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, and spend one night in its massive chamber below thousands of darting swifts. We offer 3-4 departures per week but places fill up quickly so please book in advance!
Are you ready for the "Hang En Cave Experience"!
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One night and two days in the third biggest cave in the world, Friends Travel Vietnam gives you the opportunity! Hang En Cave seems to be the most impressive one, due to previous travellers reviews. It’s just the path to get to Hang En Cave, where paradise already presents herself. Abandoned paths zig zag along for more than 10 km, where you’ll see birds and butterflies accompany the old and untouched forest.
The entrance is through a broad split in the cliff, where the trail, surrounded by a surreal environment because of the present sunlight, will bring you higher and higher. A blue lake inside the cave, with the presence of a wide sandy beach, will be the view of your night’s campsite.
Hang En Cave stretches for about 2 km into the karsts of the national park, and has three entrances, of which the most popular one contains chambers of 100m high and 180m wide. Through this chamber, the most extraordinary part will appear: the exit of the cave. Words can't describe the immense arched exit of the cave, which will force you to redefine the definition of the world colossal.
This is an adventure you’ll remember for the rest of your life...!
Day 1: Phong Nha - Ban Doong Village - Hang En (L-D)
Day 1 starts with a pick-up in Phong Nha and a safety lesson. During the first hike, steep hills, refreshing rivers and jungle will appear, before reaching the Ban Doong minority village. After lunch we go back into the jungle, through river streams and across the river valley. There’s plenty of time for afternoon swimming after we entered the cave, and a BBQ will be waiting for you.
Day 2: Hang En - Ban Doong Village - Phong Nha (B-L)
Breathtaking exploring of the exit of the cave, after which the trekking to a high viewpoint will proceed, to witness 300 million year old fossils. A hike back will lead us along a mountainous river valley, through jungle and across streams. Climbing the treacherous hill up to the Ho Chi Minh Road will be a spectacular end of this trip.
- Phong Nha National Park Hang En Cave
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Hang En Cave
Hang En Cave is probably the world’s 3rd largest cave and is quickly becoming one of the must-see natural wonders in Vietnam. Its size will blow you away, and our campsite located within the cave beside a lazy river, will leave you speechless. You’ll examine fascinating fossils in one part of the cave over 300 million year old, and around every corner be subject to the most picturesque views. A stop in the ethnic minority Ban Doong Village, set amongst the limestone mountains is a highlight for many, not to mention the pristine jungle, many river crossings, and jovial porter team, made up of local jungle men! We provide the very best adventure experiences with every aspect of the trip carefully planned including delicious meals, the highest safety standards, and friendly and informative adventure guides. Come and experience what has been dubbed by one Lonely Planet author as the biggest WOW factor in Vietnam.
Day 1: Phong Nha - Ban Doong Village - Hang En
Start your ultimate adventure with a pick-up from your hotel in Phong Nha between 8:00 am and 8:30 am and short transfer to Oxalis Headquarters. Learn all about safety and collect your gear before driving 45mins through the National Park to reach the trailhead. A steep jungle hill starts the adventure, with a refreshing river at the bottom. Hike through rich jungle to reach the Ban Doong minority village, where a hot cup of tea welcomes you. Lunch takes place shortly after, and then it’s back into the jungle, through river streams, and across the river valley until Hang En lays on the horizon. Enter the cave around 3 PM, and enjoy your afternoon swimming, before a sizzling BBQ dinner is served, complete with rice wine and beautiful flocks of swifts overhead.
Day 2: Ban Doong Village - Phong Nha
Awake for breakfast early and explore the breathtaking exit, and then trek through the dry passage to the viewpoint high above camp, where 300 million year old fossils can be witnessed. In the late morning, trek back through the mountainous river valley, through jungle and across streams, until reaching Doong village again. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the stream and then prepare for the biggest challenge ahead, climbing the treacherous hill up to the Ho Chi Minh Road. Watch out for leeches and push ahead to the road, where cold drinks will be waiting. Return by vehicle to Phong Nha by 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 puriöer (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 flops (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
- If you are trekking in the colder months (December, March) please bring additional warm clothes for the evening and an extra change of long pants and shirt for swimming.
Hang En Cave Ultimate Adventure is easy-to-moderate for anyone who considers themselves physically healthy and who participates in regular outdoor activities, and moderate-to-hard for anyone with limited trekking experience. Be prepared to spend a majority of the day trekking (10 km each day), and you must be able to hike comfortably at an incline for an hour and a half (gaining over 500 m in elevation). Swimming skills are not necessary for this tour.
Never forget you are deep in the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and the difficulty of this tour is also very dependent on the weather. It can get very cold during December to March (8 - 15 degrees Celsius) and very hot during June to August (32 - 38 degrees Celsius), not to mention anytime it rains the jungle becomes very slippery and muddy!
Safety is absolutely paramount on all trips, and along with having the best caving equipment, you’ll be led by one of our expert adventure guides. No children below 16 years of age permitted.
Dietary or special food request
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