TOUR 10: Elephant Cave & Ma Da Valley Jungle Trek – 1 Day
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. It begins deep in the jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. You’ll take 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, you’ll continue trekking to Tra Ang Cave were everyone will gear up to swim into the furthest reaches of the cave.
8:00 – Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Phong Nha.
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 hotel. Tour end.
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 head off into the Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park. Once the team reaches the trail-head you will plunge into the jungle and begin the uphill climb 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. Our guides will lead you through the cave, take you into the depths, and tell you about the war history of the cave.
After exploring Elephant Cave, 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. Here you and the team will have the opportunity to take a swim, do some cliff jumping and enjoy 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. 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 the Tra Ang Cave swim is completed, our guides will lead you to the road. Here your driver will be waiting for you with a cold beer or soda and a ride back to hotel.