SON DOONG CAVE EXPEDITION

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This incredible Son Doong Cave Expedition will give you a wonderful chance to explore the world’s largest cave and exit via the Great Wall of Vietnam. This is expected to be your expedition of a lifetime. You will explore the entire length of Son Doong Cave, Hang En Cave, and visit Ban Doong ethnic minority village.Imagine trekking straight into the depths of the world’s. Son Doong Cave is a masterpiece of nature with other worldly landscapes, enormous stalagmitis and statuesque stalactite – hanging from the ceiling and rising from the ground like an alien species. The real jungle inside the cave will amaze you in every way, while misty clouds envelope the scene. The fossil passage will give you the opportunity to understand the formation of this ancient limestone.
BRIEFING : Dong Hoi–Safety Briefing–Chay Lap FarmstayArrival in Dong Hoi by no later than 2 pm and transferred to Chay Lap Farmstay. You will congregate at the Expedition restaurant within Chay Lap Farmstay at 6pm to have a meeting with the technical advisor and guide team for the safety briefing and equipment check. DAY 1: Chay Lap Farmstay-Ban Doong Village-Hang En CaveAlong road 20 of the Ho Chi Minh Highway you’ll reach the trail head, 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 to the minority village of Ban Doong, which is a real highlight for many on this expedition. You’ll then reach the entrance to Hang En Cave, home to thousands of swifts. Here you’ll be given your headlight and you will trek/boulder approximately 20-30 minutes to your camp site inside the cave. You can enjoy swimming and washing within the underground river.DAY 2: Hang En Cave - Son Doong Entrance - Hand of Dog - SD Camp 1 - Fossil PassageStart your trek at 9:00 am through Hang En Cave for about 30 minutes to reach the magnificent exit, made famous by many photographers over the past few years. You’ll scramble down to the river valley and then it is an hour walk through the river,  a couple of short rope climbs brings you at last to Son Doong entrance.Explore one of the most spectacular views: Hand of Dog and daylight streaming through the cave in fronT of your eyes.DAY 3: SD Camp 1 - Watch Out for Dinosaurs – Garden of Edam – SD Camp 2You’ll start with some rocky climbs, which are quite steep in some places, as you reach the first jungle within the cave at Watch Out for Dinosaurs, you’ll be going down the rocky path to reach the enormous Green Gours, one of the most magnificent and famous photography spots on the tour.If you are lucky you may even catch some sunbeams, which make for truly spectacular photos. Follow the path past the beautiful foliage reaching towards the light, to reach the underground jungle, unlike anything you could experience on the planet! You are back on your feet and heading deeper within the cave.DAY 4: SD Camp 2 - Wall of Vietnam - Son Doong Exit - Chay Lap FarmstayTo start heading towards the Wall of Vietnam. Scaling this wall will use a combination of ladders and ropes, but you will always have a safety line and people to look after you. After this strenuous ascent, you will see the light from the exit.A short but fairly rocky path will lead you down to the bottom of the hill, and a short hike to the road. Cold drinks await you at the top of the hill before a 45 minute drive back to Chay Lap Farmstay. End trip!Day 5: Transfer to Airport or Train StationCheck out at 12:00pm and transfer to airport or train station.

What’s included

  • Camping gear: tent, sleeping mat, pillow and sleeping bag
  • Caving & safety gear: caving helmet, caving headlight, harness and gloves
  • Meals: breakfast (day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), lunch (day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), dinners (briefing day, day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • 1.5 L bottled water at the top of the trailhead/trekking point
  • Base Camp water filter and purifier (application by guide and porters)
  • Basic camping facilities with eco-friendly compost toilet using western toilet seat
  • First Aid Kit, Medical Rescue Equipment & Satellite Phone (application by technical advisor and tour guides only)
  • 1 Technical Advisor (member of the British Cave Research Association)
  • 1 professional English-speaking tour guide, 5 safety assistants and 2 chefs
  • 22 porters to carry all gear and prepare all meals
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Tips

Itinerary

Day 5: Transfer to Airport or Train Station Check out at 12:00pm and transfer to airport or train station.
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