Jungle Trek: 21km
Cave : 6.5km
Swim 300m (optional)
Abseiling & rock scrambling
Fitness Level: Strenuous
No other trek in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is more authentic and remote than the Tiger Cave Series Adventure. These 3 caves are deep in the unspoiled jungle, far from the modern world. To reach these caves you will take a newly established route into the heart of the National Park.
The Tiger Cave Series Adventure has been done by very few people. In fact, less people have been through these 3 caves than any other treks in the country. Being a freshly establish trail this route is an extremely authentic jungle trek to the Tiger cave Series, consisting of the “not so little” sister cave of Hang Son Doong, Hang Pygmy.
This trek is perfect for group adventures and those looking for an exciting challenge with an incredible reward. You and your company will camp, swim, and trek through the jungle for three days. You’ll walk and scramble the 1.6km through Tiger Cave, explore the 3.2km of grotto decorations inside Hang Over Cave, and abseil into the massive cavern of Hang Pygmy, the 4th largest cave in the world.
Tour departs daily at 8:00 am
This journey into the depths of the jungle requires porters, safety advisers & guides. You’ll explore the entire length of Hang Over Cave, Tiger Cave & Pygmy Cave. Hang Pygmy is considered the fourth largest cave in the world with a tropical jungle inside. The caves are masterpieces of what nature can create, with otherworldly landscapes. Make your way through tropical Jungle inside Pygmy Cave before setting up camp underground. Marvel at enormous stalagmites & statuesque stalactites rising from the ground & hanging from the ceiling like an alien species.
Starting at the Jungle Boss headquarters we will brief you and the team on what to expect, and check that everyone is prepared.
After the briefing we will make the 45min-1 hour ride in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park to the trailhead.
After saying goodbye to the last piece of humanity we will exit the road and begin the jungle hike. While walking through the jungle our guide will teach you about some local plant life, maybe feed you some tasty treats the jungle has to offer and show you some pieces of the minority people’s (the Ruc Ca Roong) culture -the Jungle people who survive off of the jungle resources.
After a few kilometers we will stop for lunch and a rest, giving you an opportunity to recharge and ask the questions you may have. After lunch we will continue trekking until we reach Tiger Cave. Start your caving with 45 minutes swimming through the lower section of Tiger cave to reach the Kong collapse – your home for the first night. While you clean up and prepare for the evening our team of porters will prepare a hardy Vietnamese meal with rice, veggies, soup, and meat. Oh, and customary of Vietnamese culture, rice wine will be included, Cheers!; “Mot Hi Ba Zo!”
A day Underground.
The morning will begin with a solid breakfast and coffee or tea. After the meal our team of porters will clean up camp, making sure to leave nothing behind! Once you have been supplied with filtered locally sourced water, a life jacket, helmet and headlamp the team will begin exploring the Tiger Cave system starting with the swim into Tiger Cave. The swim is optional, with a route around the cave exterior. However, we highly suggest taking the swim!
Tiger Cave is a challenging cave with scrambling and low climbs but very exciting. You will begin your swim only a few meters from camp. Upon plunging into the river your guide will lead you under a low ceiling then into a large open cavern. You and your company will swim, walk, scramble and climb through Tiger Cave.
Once you have explored the passages and made it to the other side of Tiger Cave our porters will meet the team and collect life jackets. After drying off from the swim you will take a short 15 minute walk through the first doleline (cave collapse) to the entrance of Hang Over – 3.2 kilometers of awesome caverns, incredible natural decorations and features.
Hang Over begins with a long narrow shaft with various cave formations, growing in size and beauty with each step. Eventually, the team will reach a massive grotto, filled with amazing stalagmites and stalactites, speleothems (decorations), and beautiful pools. Here in the grotto the guide will choose an appropriate location for lunch. After eating some cucumber salad and other snacks next to some amazing cave features you will proceed to the exit of Hang Over (see photo gallery for more!)
Nearing the exit of Hang Over you will see the cavern being illuminated by green light bouncing off of the cave jungle. Hang Over and Hang Pygmy was once one large cave that experienced a ceiling collapse, creating 2 caves and a healthy unique jungle inside the cave system! After making the short jungle climb through the doline (the collapse) you will come to the massive chamber of Hang Pygmy. Here our guide and porter team will equip you with appropriate abseiling safety gear, brief you on safety procedures, and rig your harness with a fail safe system. Taking turns, one by one everyone in the company will descend into the bottom of the cavern, an 80 meter descent, with 23 meters done via abseiling. Once everyone is safely on the floor of the chamber the group will make a short walk, and turn the corner to the MASSIVE cathedral like exit of Hang Pygmy. Here will be your home for the final night of the trek.
After some rest and washing up you will have the remainder of the day to relax, wander the massive chamber that is the 4th largest cave in the world and recall the amazing day you just experienced.
As night falls a Vietnamese dinner will be served, with the option of rice wine.
After breakfast and cleaning up camp you will exit the cave system and begin the half day trek home. On the trek home we will again stop a few times for rest and some light snack breaks, with the opportunity to marvel at the amazing jungle valley you hiked out of. Upon exiting the jungle trail you will be greeted at the road with some cold beverages and a bus ride back to the Jungle Boss office!
– Our porters will carry what you don’t need for the day, however keeping your pack light as possible will make the trip that much more enjoyable.
– Bring an extra battery for your camera
– Don’t forget to clear your memory cards
– Bring foot powder to keep feet dry (baby powder)
– Hang your clothes out to dry during the night.
– Our guides are patient. Rest and enjoy nature when needed.
If you don’t have time for a 3 day trek, but would love to experience some cave goodness click here and see our other 1 and 2 day jungle treks.
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