Hang En cave Adventure

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.

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Phong Nha – Ban Doong Village – Hang En

Start your ultimate adventure with a pickup 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 45 mins 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 near the river, 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 øocks of swifts overhead.

Day 2: Hang En – 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 are waiting. Return by vehicle to Phong Nha by 5:00 pm.

Adventure level

Hang En Cave Ultimate Adventure is easy-to-moderate for anyone who considers themselves
physically öt 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.
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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 operated by Oxalis Adventure Tours, 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.

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 øip øop (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.