Hang Pygmy Exploration

Tour Details

Jungle Trek: 20km

Cave : 4.5km

Cave prussiking or ascending & rock scrambling

Fitness Level: Strenuous

A trek established by Jungle Boss in early 2018, the Hang Pygmy Exploration has been done by very few people. In fact, less people have been through these 2 caves than have stood on Everest. Being a freshly establish trail this route is an extremely authentic jungle trek to the “not so little” sister cave of Hang Son Doong, Hang Pygmy.

This trek is perfect for adventures looking for an exciting challenge with an incredible reward. You will walk and scramble to explore the 3.5km of Hang Over, and prussiking into the massive cavern of Hang Pygmy, the 4th largest cave in the world. You’ll trek, swim, and camp in the untouched Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Tour departs daily at 8 am

What To Expect

This journey into the depths of the jungle requires porters, safety advisers & guides. You’ll explore the entire length of Hang Over and Pygmy Cave – a sister of hang Son Doong. 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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Phong Nha – Road 20 Victory – Hang Over cave – hang Pygmy. Distance: 11km

8:00 Starting picking up in Phong Nha area to transfer to the Jungle Boss headquarters for safety briefing

9:00 After the briefing, we will make the 45min-1 hour ride in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park to the trailhead.

10:00 Arrive at the start point of the train and we will exit the road and begin the jungle hike. While walking through the jungle on a small trail with challenging terrains, 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. 

12:00 Reach the top of Wind peak where you can get breezing fresh air. Lunch will be at this peak. 

12:30 Keep walking mainly down hill toward Eel fish Slope “Dốc Lươn” which ia quite steep and slippery. 

14:00 Arrive at Dốc Lươn for a short break before passing this slope to head to hang Over cave

14:30 Arrive at the entrance of hang Over cave. Gear up to start exploring this 3,2m-long cave.  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 names Massive Attack, 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 

16:00 Exit hang Over cave to reach the doline between hang Over and hang Pygmy. 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 10 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 entrance of Hang Pygmy.

17:00 Arrive at the main entrance of Pygmy cave, the fourth largest cave in the world where you will set up the campsite at the mouth of the cave. While you are exploring this massive cave, 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!”

18:30 – 21:30 Dinner at the campsite, chill and share story

21:30 Bed time

Day 2: Hang Pygmy – jungle trekking – Road 20 Victory – Phong Nha. Distance 9km

8:00 Breakfast at hang Pygmy then wrap up!

9:00 Some last photo shoots of hang Pygmy and team 

9:30 Say goodbye to Pygmy for the jungle trek.

Start trekking out of hang Pygmy entrance to reach different valleys and mountains

This will be a long trek out of the jungle with difficult terrain

10:30 Arrive a “Doc Co” known as grass slope which is quite slippery and steep hill. This hill will kill a lot of energy.

If it rains, you may have chance to see some water falls on the way

12:00 Some snack lunch will be provided during the trek

14:00 Arrive at the road to enjoy cold drink before the van arrive and transfer you back to Jungle Boss headquarter. 

15:00 Arrive at Jungle Boss headquarter, clean up. Finish the journey

What To Bring

  • Long trousers & long-sleeved-shirt to avoid poison ivies and mosquitoes
  • Swim wear (optional)
  • Long socks
  • Small backpack
  • Sandals or flip-flops & extra clothes
  • Dry bag (optional)
  • Hiking shoes (optional)
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent

Includes

  • Tour Guide & Porter Team
  • Entrance Fees ( 1,300,000vnd/pax )
  • Transportation in Phong Nha
  • VAT
  • Safety Equipment
  • Camping gears
  • All Food & Drink
  • Snacks
  • Use of trekking shoes Euro sizes 36 – 45 (We suggest bringing your own shoes if these do not suit you. We do not suggest Goretex/waterproof boots as these take these take a long time to dry)
  • Use of towel

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