Ta Nang Phan Dung Trekking Tour 3 days
Adventurous travellers are no strangers to trekking, to the feeling of being one with nature, resting on a lush green hillside being cooled by a gentle breeze. This is what the Ta Nang–Phan Dung has to offer...
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Ta Nang Phan Dung Trekking Tour 3 days
The thrilling three-province Ta Nang–Phan Dung trek
Adventurous travellers are no strangers to trekking, to the feeling of being one with nature, resting on a lush green hillside being cooled by a gentle breeze. This is what the Ta Nang–Phan Dung has to offer.
The 55km trekking route spans three provinces in southern central provinces of Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan – descending from an elevation of 1,100 metres at its western-most point to 500m. The route starts from Ta Nang in Duc Trong District of Lam Dong and ends at the mountainous town of Phan Dung, Tuy Phong District of Binh Thuan.
Setting off on the bumpy basalt, soil-filled route at a tilt of 30-40 degrees at points, we come to realize that this trek, while not for the tourist seeking relaxation and well-serviced amenities, is of incomparable beauty.
The route looks like an emerald silk flow of lush green meadow and patches of pine trees bordering the forests; making a magnificent yet delicate transition from the Central Highlands to the central coastal area unfolding before the adventurous trekkers.
“Trekking through this route, I can clearly feel the ethereal fog layers hovering above, hugging the hilltops, blowing cool breezes; I can feel the warm sparkling sunlight shining through the foliage onto the grass field full of crystal-like dew drops; various melodies of different birds echo endlessly from the hillsides and forests creating a mysterious concert that brings us to a seemingly surreal world,” wrote Tran Hoang Duc, a member of a trekking group.
Trekkers can choose any hillside to put up a tent for an overnight stop and experience a peaceful evening beside a warm, glowing bonfire under the shining stars.
Following the advice of previous trekkers, the trekking group pay attention to the triangle landmark where the three provinces of Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan converge. Nearby is the Yavly Waterfall, where the water plunges down in a crashing crescendo to the bottom of a lake, creating white bubbles, mingles with the flow of nearby streams whispering to the mountains.
“Dipping in the fresh cool water of the waterfall is quite therapeutic: it washes away all the stress and tiredness. What an absolutely relaxing experience!” marveled Le Xuan Hung.
Dau, the highest point of the trekking route, is a wonderful spot to watch as dawn starts to break and the night fog dissolves among the green foliage to be replaced by the glowing red sunshine of early morning. Members of the trekking group walk through the dreamy, romantic landscape stretching from one hillside to the next until dusk, when the Ta Nang–Phan Dung trek dons its mysterious and sombre cloak.
Water for the whole trekking trip
Local English speaking guide 5 Meals in jungle (2 Dinner, 2 Breakfast, 3 Lunch Vietnam food)
Sightseeing and activities as noted in the itinerary
Tents & sleep bags
Entrance fees and permits
Hotel pick-up and drop-off if (Depend on member of tour please contact)
Transportation fee by BUS
Tips and gratuities
Other Meal not mention in program.
Fee for moving out of mountain if you want to finish this journey.
Ta Nang Phan Dung : Passenger Welcoming and Transferring ( lunch, dinner)
Morning: From 6 to 6.30 a.m., we meet the customers at Ninh Gia crossroad (Hoang Long or Khanh Vy hotel) and move to Da Loan market by car (about 18km) in order to have breakfast and to prepare all necessities for the group (it takes from 1 to 1 and a half hours).
After preparation, continue movingMa Bo (the initial point of the trek) by car about 30km. Around 9 to 10 a.m., we will walk through pine hills and paddy fields (topography is flat trail majorly) until 12 o’clock. Then we begin climbing up the mountain slope and have lunch time on the top of the hill (lunch time would be 1 hour, a lunch includes steamed sticky rice, fruits, sausages and cucumbers – depends on the weather so that tour guide choose the suitable dishes for lunch to avoid being spoiled).
1 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.: Begin moving up to bald hill which has a panoramic view and a landmark for 3 provinces Ninh Thuan – Binh Thuan – Lam Dong.
You are free to take pictures on the hill and move to campsite under the landmark where you can wait for the most breathtaking dawn and dusk.
In the evening: You will enjoy barbecue party including grilled chicken, grilled pork skewers, baked sweet potato. Besides, there are Vietnamese style salad and chicken porridge and rice wine, which will make your meal more delicious and will warm your body up. We are playing together by the campfire and before sleeping, tour guide will give you a sleep-bag and a large insulating piece.
Trekking through the forest (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
— Wait for and see the dawn, then have a breakfast (planned time is about 6 – 7.30 a.m.) including instant noodles and chicken porridge. Around 8 – 8.30 a.m., tidy up and move towards Phan Dung direction. The scenery is still stunning with the vast pine hills and grass (yellow in dry season, green in rain season).
Afternoon: Taking a rest at a big stream (freely taking bath), here you have lunch from 11 a.m to 12.30 p.m. Tour guide will catch and grill fish and prepare some other dishes like sticky rice cake, sausages and cucumbers.
– 1 p.m.: move to the second stream and arrive at the stream at 3 – 3.30 p.m. estimately. From here, it takes about 15 minutes on foot to reach the waterfall and more 10 minutes to reach the campsite for the second night. (Note: based on the time you get to the fall is whether late or soon, the tour guide will decide for you visit the fall immediately or the next morning).
— The campsite is next to the large stream where you can bath, wash clothes and cook comfortably.
Evening: You will dine in Vietnamese style with cooked rice and traditional dishes like sour fish soup, chicken, stir-fried meat with tomato sauce, boiled vegetables, fish and frog catched in the stream. Here you can buy soft-drink and ice brought by porter.
Return the city (breakfast, lunch)
Morning: breakfast with instant noodle and vegetables (cabbage or spinach)
— 7.30 – 8 a.m.: start to leave Phan Dung commune. Within first 1-2 hours, you will pass 7 large streams, the forest of giant Crape-myrtle where leaves fall down, the carpet of saffron and phrynium stretch over in the rain season.
— 10 – 10.30 a.m.: trekking on the hottest road in the 3-day journey, and will arrive at committee in Phan Dung commune (On the way there is food and water). Here our car is ready to take you to Lien Huong (28km away from Phan Dung within 45 minutes by car). You can opt to eat in Phan Dung before coming to Lien Huong or eat in Lien Huong, and the tour guide will reserve table in advance. (Lien Huong is 7km away from Co Thach beach).
Here there are two bus stations Dong Hung and Phuong Uyen coming to Ho Chi Minh city at 9 p.m. daily. Tour guide is available to book tickets coming back to Da Lat if you need.
When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels
There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…
There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.
There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.
Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack
Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.
During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.
There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.
1 medium-sized backpack.
Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
1 medium-sized towel.
1 medium-sized dry bag.
Hiking poles/walking sticks
We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.