Swim: 600m Tra-Ang & Crystal Lake (optional)
Fitness Level: Moderate
This trek is perfect for those with little hiking background but want to get a true jungle and cave experience. The trek along the icon begins deep in the jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Vietnam, with a short trek to the impressive Elephant Cave, then a walk through Ma Da Valley to the amazingly blue waters of Crystal Ma Da lake. After lunch and swimming the team continues trekking to Tra Ang Cave were everyone will gear up in life vests and swim into the furthest reaches of the cave.
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Tour departs daily at 8 am and returns around 5:30 pm. Please book before 9pm the day before.
Once you have arrived to Jungle Boss Headquarters via our shuttle, we will brief you and the team on safety and what to expect. Once we have introduced everyone in the group and prepared the team we will hop back into the Jungle Boss rig and head off into the Phong Nha Ke – Bang National Park. For the next 35 – 45 minutes you will take lovely morning drive into the jungle. Once the team reaches the trailhead you will plunge into the jungle and begin the uphill descent into Elephant Cave. Upon completing the most difficult 20 minutes of the trek you will be rewarded with the magnificent sight of 60 meter high, 300 meter long Elephant cave. Here at elephant cave you will have a moment to rest as our porter will supply you with helmets and headlamps. Once the team is ready our guide will lead you through the cave, take you into the depths, and tell you about the war history of the cave.
Upon leaving the cave our porter will collect the helmets, then follow the team as you descent back to the trailhead. At the road the team will make a short walk before diving back into the jungle. For the next few hours the team will hike the jungle trail, cross rivers, and balance across fallen trees. Deep into Ma Da Valley you and the team will go until you reach the heavenly blue waters of Ma Da Crystal Lake (see photos). Here you and the team will have the opportunity to take a swim, do some cliff jumping and enjoy a delicious Jungle BBQ prepared by your porter (vegan options also available). With full bellies and feeling refreshed you and the team will gear up and continue on the jungle hike. A few kilometer down the trail and a couple river crossings later the team will come upon a large bend in the river and a staging area for the swim into Tra Ang Cave. Here the porters will again supply you with the appropriate gear and a life jacket, then our guide will lead you to Tra Ang Cave. After a short scramble up some limestone rocks you will reach the cool waters of Tra Ang Cave and begin the 600m swim into the furthest depths of the cave.
Once you and the team have had enough of Tra Ang Cave our porters will collect all of the gear, then follow you the remaining short trek to the road. Here your driver will be waiting for you with a cold beer or soda and a ride back to Jungle Boss Headquarters.
8:00 – Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Jungle Boss Headquarter.
8:30 – Team meeting to plan the trip, clarify rules and regulations in the National Park.
8:45 – Depart for Elephant Cave by van
10.00 – Arrive at the trek departure point and start trekking through the jungle to the Elephant cave
10:00 – 11:00 Explore the Elephant cave
12:00 – Reach to Ma Da Lake- swim into Ma Da crystal lake.
12:45 – Enjoy BBQ lunch
14:00 – Start trekking to Tra Ang Cave.
15:00 – Arrive at Tra Ang Cave.
15:45 – Swim into Tra Ang Cave to explore 600m Tra Ang Cave
16:30 – Start trekking to be back Ho Chi Minh road.
17:00 – Arrive at Ho Chi Minh road, enjoy cold drink on the road.
17:30 – Drive back Phong Nha and your hotels in Phong Nha. Tour end.