The Abandoned Valley in a remote area of the world heritage Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is traversed by part of the famous Ho Chi Minh trail. This tour takes in 12km of the Ho Chi Minh trail, exploring the Vietnamese tropical forest and experiencing the history of the Vietnam – American war as you trek along the narrow track.
Explore the other exit of the now famous Dark cave, swim in a crystal clear natural spring and explore an unspoiled Hang E, one of the most beautiful river caves in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Under the guidance of an internationally qualified local tour guide, with the support of a team of local porters, this tour represents a great opportunity to get in to the jungle and experience authentic Vietnam whilst supporting employment for local people.
Activities: 12km of Jungle Trekking, Explore Dark cave, Jungle BBQ, Swim in hang E cave
Adventure level: Medium high – fitness for the challenging terrain of the 12km hike.
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE
Gear provided: Vietnamese soldier trekking boots if required (we suggest bringing your trekking shoes just in case our boots don’t suit you), headlight, helmet, gloves, and life jacket.
Gear to bring: Trekking clothes (long trousers and shirt), personal toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, swimming gear.
07:30 – Pick up at the hotel and transfer to our base (Phong Nha Locals)
08:00 – Team meeting to plan the trip, clarify rules and regulations in the National Park.
8:30 – Depart for abandoned valley by motorbike or car (depend on the weather and group size)
9:00 – Arrive at the trek departure point and start trekking through the jungle to the abandoned valley
11:00 – Arrive at the Dark cave exit
11:00 – 12:30 Explore 500m inside Dark cave
12:30 – Start trekking along the river to hang E cave
13:30 – Arrive at the entrance of hang E cave, BBQ lunch, swim in the crystal clear spring from hang E, and explore hang E river cave
15:30 – Start trekking on a different trail in the abandoned valley to Ho Chi Minh road
17:30 – Arrive at the Ho Chi Minh road, enjoy cold drinks on the road
17:45 – Drive back to Phong Nha village and to your hotel
18:15 – Arrive at your hotel in Phong Nha area. Tour ends
PRICE PER PERSON: 1,650,000VND/Pax
– Snacks on trail and cold drinks by end of the tour
– BBQ lunch
– National Park Entrance fees and Park Ranger
– Trekking and caving gears
– Internationally qualified local tour guide speaking fluently English
– Porter team
– Transportation by easy rider or car (during the tour at Phong Nha)
– Travel insurance
– Tips (discretionary)