Full day (7+ hours)
Swim: 600m Tra-Ang & Crystal Lake (optional)
Fitness Level: Moderate
This trek is perfect for those with little hiking background but wants to get a true jungle and cave experience. It begins deep in the jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. You’ll take a short trek to the impressive Elephant Cave, then a walk through Ma Da Valley to the amazingly blue waters of Crystal Ma Da Lake. After lunch and swimming, you’ll continue trekking to Tra Ang Cave were everyone will gear up to swim into the furthest reaches of the cave.
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Tour departs daily at 8 am and returns around 5:30 pm. Please book before 9 pm the day before.
What to Expect
Once you have arrived at the place of preparation via our shuttle, we will brief you and the team on safety and what to expect. Once we have introduced everyone in the group and prepared the team, we will head off into the Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park. Once the team reaches the trail-head you will plunge into the jungle and begin the uphill climb into Elephant Cave. Upon completing the most difficult 20 minutes of the trek you will be rewarded with the magnificent sight of 60 meters high, 300 meters long Elephant cave. Our guides will lead you through the cave, take you into the depths, and tell you about the war history of the cave.
After exploring Elephant Cave, the team will hike the jungle trail, cross rivers, and balance across fallen trees. Deep into Ma Da Valley you and the team will go until you reach the heavenly blue waters of Ma Da Crystal Lake. Here you and the team will have the opportunity to take a swim, do some cliff jumping and enjoy a delicious Jungle BBQ prepared by your porter (vegan options also available). With full bellies and feeling refreshed you and the team will gear up and continue on the jungle hike. A few kilometers down the trail and a couple river crossings later the team will come upon a large bend in the river and a staging area for the swim into Tra Ang Cave. After a short scramble up some limestone rocks, you will reach the cool waters of Tra Ang Cave and begin the 600m swim into the furthest depths of the cave.
Once the Tra Ang Cave swim is completed, our guides will lead you to the road. Here your driver will be waiting for you with a cold beer or soda and a ride back to Phong Nha.
8:00 – Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the place of preparation.
8:30 – Team meeting to plan the trip, clarify rules and regulations in the National Park.
8:45 – Depart for Elephant Cave by van.10.00 – Arrive at the trek departure point and start trekking through the jungle to the Elephant Cave.
10:00 – 11:00 Explore the Elephant Cave.
12:00 – Reach to Ma Da Lake- swim into Ma Da crystal lake.12:45 – Enjoy BBQ lunch.14:00 – Start trekking to Tra Ang Cave.
15:00 – Arrive at Tra Ang Cave.
15:45 – Swim into Tra Ang Cave to explore 600m Tra Ang Cave.
16:30 – Start trekking to be back Ho Chi Minh road.
17:00 – Arrive at Ho Chi Minh road, enjoy the cold drink on the road.
17:30 – Drive back Phong Nha and your hotels in Phong Nha. Tour end.
What to bring Long trousers & long-sleeved-shirt to avoid poison ivies and mosquitoes Swimwear Long socks Small backpack Dry bag (optional) Hiking shoes (optional) Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent