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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.
Day1: 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.
Day 2: 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.
Day 3: 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.
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.