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Trekking Tour – Abandoned Valley – Thuy Cung Cave

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1 Day (daily Departure)
Availability : From October 2017
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 14
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Tour Introduction

The Abandoned Valley and Thuy Cung Cave trek tour is designed for those with just a day to explore the wild but still looking for an escape to the jungle along with adventure and of course, a beautiful cave.

This tour highlights 12km – 15km of the Ho Chi Minh trail, through the Abandoned Valley, exploring the national park tropical forest, swimming, and exploring the other exit of the now famous Dark Cave, and Thuy Cung Cave (also called the Water Palace) where is one of the most pristine river caves in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park as it is situated in a completely unspoiled environment. 

The Abandoned Valley and Thuy Cung Cave with an area of 2,000 ha, converging many forms of terrain, from limestone mountains, non-Karst terrain, flat land, caves to underground streams and primeval forests.

More specifically, Abandoned Valley is a hidden place of biological diversity, is the kingdom of many birds, including many species recorded in the Vietnam Red Book such as Lam pheasant, hornbill bird…. It is an opportunity for us to better understand the biodiversity values of the world natural heritage forest of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

Departure & Return Location

Dong Hoi City – Phong Nha Town

Departure Time

Dong Hoi City : from 7:00 am to 7:30 am

Phong Nha Town : from 8:00 am to 8:30 am

Price Includes

  • Pick-up from your Hotel
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide and safety assistant guide
  • Water and picnic lunch
  • Caving and safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, gloves, life jacket.
  • Basic canvas trekking boots (only if you do not have your own pair) sizes 36 – 46
  • Shared dry box for phones and small cameras (limited availability for larger cameras). Dry box is prepared in case of high water level
  • First Aid Kit and Medical Rescue Equipment
  • All necessary forest and tourist permits
  • Secure Storage Facility at our Headquarters to store any luggage you will not be taking on the trek

What To Bring

  • 1 long pants (quick dry) and 1 long sleeved shirt (quick dry) (highly recommend to avoid leeches and poison ivies)
  • 1 pair of trekking boots/shoes – difficult terrain, good footwear necessary. Gore-Tex/waterproof boots are NOT recommended as they do not drain well (if you prefer your own comfortable pair)
  • 1 change of clothes for after the tour
  • 1 pair of calf-length densely woven socks (not ankle socks)
  • Personal items: mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat, camera, underwear, toiletries, sunscreen, towel and swimsuit (if desired).
What to Expect
  • Please make sure that your health is suitable for these activities with ease.
  • 12km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain
  • Stream crossings
  • Elevation change up to 150m – 300m (between valley and top of mountain)
  • Short swim inside the cave
  • 800m caving
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old
  • Group size: from 02 to 12 person

7:30 AMPick-up Adventurers in Dong Hoi City

8:30 AMPick-up Adventurers in Phong Nha Town

8:30 AMAbandoned Valley Trekking

We will then be taken to Ho Chi Minh Trail West at Km15 and through vast grass hills to many endemic populations of Dau Rai trees, immense picturesque trees and rich flora. Here, we will immerse ourselves among hundreds of massive trees, descend down narrow paths with shimmy around boulders and under low-hanging vines. Trek upstream to the rarely visited exit of the Dark cave, then equipped with our safety gear, we will then explore 800m into the mouth of the cave. After our eyes readjust to the sunlight upon coming back out of the cave, you will then trek 2km upstream to the Thuy Cung cave (Water Paradise).

12:00 AMLunch at Thuy Cung Cave

Upon returning to the jungle, our team will prepare you a picnic lunch so you can regain your energy and rest up before the second half of your trekking day.

1:00 PMRelax time & enjoy the nature

You will then have time to swim in the cool crystal clear natural spring and explore Thuy Cung Cave with magnificent and beautiful landscapes, and deep inside, we will be amazed at the beauty of nature, the beauty and the unique architecture of stalactites

3:30 PMAbandoned Valley Trekking & End tour

Head back (6km) trekking on a different trail in the Abandoned valley to Ho Chi Minh road. Drive back to your hotel around 5.00pm. Tour ends.