Our Son Doong Cave Expedition will take you deep into the heart of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province, Vietphái nam, on one of the most thrilling adventure tours in the world.

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Son Doong Cave ( Hang Son Doong )

With our team of more than 25 porters, safety experts và guides, you’ll explore over five days the entire length of Son Doong Cave, Hang En Cave sầu, as well the Ban Doong ethnic minority village.

Imagine trekking straight inkhổng lồ the depths of the world’s largest cave sầu on an expedition unlike any other. A cave sầu that can fit a 747 flying through its largest cavern – a truly foreign landscape, with enormous stalagmites and statuesque stalactites, hanging from the ceiling and rising from the ground like an alien species.

A jungle within a cave sầu, that’s almost so unreal that you have to see it to lớn believe it. Misty clouds enveloping the whole scene, evidence of the cave’s own weather system. Fossil passageways that give proof of the cave’s ancient existence.

There is no rush on this tour và there is plenty of time for photography and lớn enjoy the cave. However you need to be very fit, & have previous trekking experience (but not necessarily caving experience) khổng lồ enjoy this adventure tour.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONDong Hoi, Phong Nha, Ho Chi Minch Trail, Doong Village, Swallow cave, Son Doong Cave
DEPARTURE TIME
INCLUDEDTransportationExperienced & Enthusiastic Tour GuidePorter (Max : 25)Tour ExpertPhong Nha Ke Bang Visit FeeTentCaving EquipmentHealth toolsCateringTour Insurance
NOT INCLUDEDValued-added tax
Other fees out of programme

Guide Gratuity


Additional information

LocationDurationMonth
Dong Hoi, Phong Nha
5 Days 4 Nights
April, August, December, February, January, July, June, March, May, November, October, September

Enjoy breakfast at 8:00 am with your guide before departing at 9:00 am for the first leg of the expedition. You’ll leave extra luggage và any valuables at the Oxalis headquarters before heading lớn piông chồng up the porter team and setting off for adventure.

After a 45 minute drive along Road đôi mươi of the Ho Chi Minc Highway you’ll reach the trailhead, where you’ll start trekking for approximately 1 hour downhill through the forest, which is quite steep at times.

Walk for half an hour along a small stream lớn the minority village of Ban Doong, which is a real highlight for many on this expedition. Learn more about this chất lượng ethnic group of people & enjoy lunch beside a small river.

After this point, you will be in the sun all afternoon with about 2 hours along a river, with very little shade. You’ll cross the river many times and so please expect to have sầu wet feet for the whole day. In the summer, the water is only usually knee deep, but Gore-Tex boots will fill & hold the water so therefore they are not recommended.

You’ll then reach the entrance khổng lồ Hang En Cave sầu, home to lớn thousands of swifts. Here you’ll be given your headlight & you will trek/boulder approximately 20-30 minutes khổng lồ your campsite inside the cave.

The group should arrive at camp by 3:00 pm where you can enjoy swimming và washing within the underground river. Dinner will be served at the spectacular campsite with numerous photographic opportunities.

Anyone who is unable lớn complete any stage of this first day comfortably will be turned around khổng lồ Phong Nha & will not be permitted to continue the expedition. This will be the decision of the cave sầu experts on your tour. Should you be turned around, all tour costs will be forfeited.


You’ll again begin your day with a delicious breakfast at around 8:00 am. You’ll be in for a very tough day today so its best khổng lồ enjoy a big breakfast, as you’ll need your energy!

Start your trek at 9:00 am through Hang En Cave for about 30 mins to lớn reach the magnificent exit, made famous by many photographers over the past few years. You’ll scramble down to the river valley & then it’s an hour walk through the river, so your boots are going to be wet for most of the day; it is unavoidable, yet part of the fun!

You’ll then start climbing a steep hill for about 45 minutes with some rocky sections khổng lồ start. At the top of the hill you’ll enjoy lunch, a safety briefing và fit your safety harness and prepare for your big journey underground! A steep descent with a couple of short rope climbs brings you at last khổng lồ Son Doong entrance.

With your safety harnesses, you’ll then start the 80 m descent inlớn the cave sầu by making a number of short climbs, using ropes & safety lines with your guides’ assistance. There is no rappelling or abseiling at any point during the expedition. You’ll then enjoy a few more climbs và bouldering to lớn reach the first và second river crossings inside the cave sầu, which are no more than knee-to-thigh deep depending on the water levels. You should have sầu a wash here, as it will be the last washing place for the day.

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On your way to the first campsite in the first large passage of the cave, you’ll have khổng lồ be extra careful as there are a number of big drops & scrambling over boulders along a rocky path before reaching one of the most spectacular views: Hvà of Dog and daylight streaming through the cave thanks lớn the first doline! You will then scramble down khổng lồ the first campsite of Son Doong around 3 – 4 pm and have sầu the afternoon to soak up the views and rest your weary bodies. You’re in for another big meal with your team before turning in for the night.

Please note that there are no washing facilities at camp on this day.


Your day begins with a hearty breakfast with your team before a 9:00 am departure towards your second campsite in Son Doong Cave.

You’ll start with some rocky climbs, which are quite steep in some places, as you reach the first jungle within the cave sầu at Watch Out for Dinosaurs. It will take about 1.5 hrs to travel within the cave from Camp 1 to lớn Watch Out for Dinosaurs. After a short break you’ll be trotting down the rocky path to lớn reach the enormous Green Gours, one of the most magnificent và famous photography spots on the tour!

A light lunch is provided with an incredible backdrop of the first doline. If you are lucky you may even catch some sunbeams, which make for truly spectacular photos!

It is then an easy walk through the cave sầu past gigantic formations & plenty of cave sầu pearls towards the light of the second doline và main jungle within the cave sầu. Follow the path past the beautiful foliage reaching towards the light, to lớn reach the underground jungle, unlượt thích anything you could experience on the planet! Cross the jungle for around 45 minutes lớn reach the steep and sometimes slippery path down to lớn your second campsite within Son Doong Cave sầu. You will reach camp around 2 – 3 pm.

After a short rest at your campsite, you are back on your feet và heading deeper within the cave sầu towards the Great Wall of Vietphái nam. You’ll pass through a very large dry passage with huge stalagmites and great views baông chồng lớn the second doline. Many new creepy crawlies have been discovered within this passage including trắng spiders, fish, woodlouse and shrimp species, so be sure to keep your eyes open.

You will reach at this point either a very large beautiful underground lake (where you’ll then paddle to reach the Great Wall of Vietnam) or you will find a fantastically adventurous muddy pit (at which you will need khổng lồ trudge your way through for a few hundred meters khổng lồ reach the wall). It is entirely optional if you wish to lớn go further và reach the actual wall, as you will get very dirty in the mud và there are no bathing facilities on this day at camp (pack plenty of wet wipes if you decide on the plunge!).

You’ll be bachồng at camp again around 6 pm lớn enjoy a sensational dinner with your team and delight yourself with an evening of games and entertainment, or simply relax and soak up the views at what is quite possibly the very best campsite in the world.

Quiông xã note: you may use a pair of dry boots on this day, as aside from the mud, there are no water crossings!


After refueling with another hot breakfast you’ll paông xã up camp and start heading bachồng khổng lồ the first doline, with a slightly different route through a small oxbow passage above the underground river with a very steep drop, where you will need lớn use a rope and safety line.

Once you have reached the first campsite around 11 am, you’ll have time for a short break before climbing down khổng lồ the ancient fossil passage, where you will witness 350 million year old coral fossils! Enjoy a small wash in the pools and a hearty lunch before descending baông chồng khổng lồ the main passage, crossing the river twice and proceeding to lớn climb up lớn the entrance, again strapped in with your harness & safety lines.

Your group will appear out from the entrance of Son Doong around 2 – 3 pm, at which point you’ll have sầu a chance to lớn enjoy a small break & some snacks. Then head baông chồng towards the river valley, where you can enjoy a well-deserved & refreshing wash. Walk along the river baông chồng to lớn Hang En for your final evening & celebration with porter team at this underground campsite. Feel không lấy phí to bring any entertaining games or fun activities such as Jenga, a frisbee, thẻ games, etc for everyone khổng lồ join in together.


Wake up early & start your 10 km trek back to lớn Road đôi mươi after breakfast. You’ll follow the river along the valley and back through Ban Doong Village. You will enjoy snacks & fruit along the way before starting on what is quite a difficult climb back up the mountain for the last hour of your big adventure. Cold drinks await you at the top of the hill before a 45 minute drive sầu baông chồng to lớn Phong Nha. You will have a brief stop at the office khổng lồ collect your luggage and valuables before transferring to a local hotel in Phong Nha.

You can then enjoy the shower you’ve sầu been awaiting for so long, or you could even go for a dip in the river. In the evening, you can enjoy a group farewell dinner with your fellow expedition team members.

Please advise our sales team in advance of your departure time for the following day so that they so they can arrange the logistics of your transfer back khổng lồ the airport or train station. If you would lượt thích lớn extend your holiday in Phong Nha, let our team know so that we can assist you in booking extra nights at the hotel.