Son Doong Cave Exploration Tour 5Days
Son Doong Cave, a cave belongs to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang grotto system in central Quang Binh Province, has been discovered to be the biggest in the world.
Son Doong cave discovered by a local 18 years ago, is more than 200 meters wide, 150 meters high, and at least 6.5 kilometers long, though the explorers said they were unable to explore it fully. Bristish explorers have recently discovered that So Dong is much larger than the world’s biggest known cave. The biggest section of Son Dong is five kilometers in length, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide, said Howard Limbirt of the British Cave Research Association team searching the area April 10-14, 2009. Son Doong is much larger than Deer Cave in Malaysia, currently considered the world’s largest, an explorer said (Deer is 90 meters wide, 100 meters high and 2 kilometers long). The Son Doong cave has replaced to take pole position as the world’s largest cave.
The Son Doong is situated below another cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang, though its entry passage is very difficult to traverse. The exploration team said they had set foot on just 6.5 kilometers along the cave, as there is a large amount of fast flowing water inside Son Doong. It takes explorers six hours of walking through a 10 kilometer long forest path from Truong Son Highway to reach the mouth of Son Doong cave. The explorer added that the Quang Binh cave has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites that are not seen anywhere else. Phong Nha-Ke Bang grotto system belongs to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. It is a limestone region of 2,000 square kilometers in Vietnam and borders another limestone area in Hin Nammo in Laos. When describing the newly-discovered cave, the team’s spokesman, Haward Limbirt, said that it was a thing of overwhelming beauty and grandeur. He added that each grotto has its own beauty, but he is impressed by Ca Xai. This cave is near the Vietnam-Laos border. It is very deep and has a big lake inside. Explorers measured the depth of this lake, but they had only 200m of rope and the end didn’t reach the lake bed. The British team suggested to the local authorities not to develop Son Doong Cave as a tourism site immediately to preserve its natural beauty.
Experience the World’s Largest Cave with a team of safety experts, professional guides and porters on this world-class tour of Hang Son Doong. This caving adventure is suitable for budding explorers, trekkers and photographers with a thirst for the ultimate adventure!
Explore the fascinating secrets of the newly discovered Son Doong Cave on this once-in-lifetime opportunity offered . In a small team of up to eight guests, you’ll trek deep in the remote jungle of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, cross stunning river valleys, meet the friendly Bru VanKieu minority people of Doong Village, and bear witness to incredible cave formations unlike anywhere else in the world.
More like a mini-expedition, a team of more than 16 porters, safety experts and guides will accompany you on your six-day adventure, with two nights camping in magnificent Hang En and three nights in the World’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong.
Safety is absolutely paramount on all trips and hence two of the very best caving experts from the UK will accompany each tour of Son Doong Cave. Ropes, safety harnesses, lights and helmets are necessary to enter Son Doong and these are all provided from European manufacturers such as Petzl and Mammut.
Camping gear is provided and will be setup for guests upon arrival at each campsite. A team of porters will carry all gear and assist you with your own gear to ensure you can comfortably maneuver your way through the cave on each day.
We are committed to cave conservation, and hope to preserve the beauty of Son Doong Cave for future visitors and have hence imposed a number of rules to ensure no damage is caused to any cave formations or the general cave ecosystem. Composting toilets are used at each campsite and all rubbish and waste removed at the completion of each tour of Son Doong.
Transfers to/from Dong Hoi (Hotel/Airport/Train Station)
Accommodation during Tour (2 nights hotel + 5 nights camping)
All food and drink during the tour (tea/coffee/drinking water/wine).
Expert cave instructors to guide on safety equipment and caving techniques.
English speaking Vietnamese guide to provide local knowledge about area and caves.
Experienced caving porters who will carry all the food, camping and caving equipment, set up camp and prepare meals.
Caving equipment: SRT Ropes, karabiners, safety harnesses, caving helmets and lights, trekking boots, drinking bottle.
First Aid Kit and Rescue equipment
Walkie-talkies and Satellite telephone
Camping equipment: tents, sleeping bags and mattresses.
National Park permit and entry fees
Value Added Tax (VAT)
The following is not included within the tour price:
Generator/Fuel for Charging Cameras etc.
Accommodation before and after the tour dates.
Activity: Trekking, caving, river crossings, underground camps
- Operating: from Feb to Aug (closed from Sep to Jan)
- Duration: 5 days / 4 nights (plus 1 night before and 1 night after the expedition)
- Adventure Level: Difficult (50+ km) for physically active guests.
- Availability: Weekly Departures
- Small Group Tours: max 10 guests per departure
- Minimum Age: 18 years