Speleo Clunb "Z" organiseert een nieuwe speleo exepeditie in Loas, van 7 tot 28 februari 2021. Ze nodigen nu elke enthousiaste speleoloog, bergbeklimmer, fotograaf, klimmer of bioloog uit om met hun mee te gaan op een uniek avontuur in het prachtige en mysterieuze Laos. Lees verder (in het Engels) voor meer informatie.

Explorations will be in Kammouane county. The main objectives of the expedition are exploration and resuming survey of the large Pha Soung System (21,012 m), Tham Nam Kouan Moo Yo cave (1,705.1 m), Tham Dan Makhia cave (2,093.2 m), Tham Kammatan cave (3,630m), Tham Kouan Te cave (660.0 m), Tham Lom Yen cave (1,057.0 m), Tham Houay Sai cave (2,042.8 m) and other 8 unexplored caves. Then, will visit the 229-Buddha-statues-partially-covered-by-massive-gold cave from Tham Pha Fa.

DURATION: 22 days.

PERIOD: February 7 - February 28, 2021.

PROGRAM

  • 07. Feb. 2021. The arrival of the participants in Bangkok. Evening time (20:20 hrs.), travels by fast bus from Bangkok to Laos, the Nakhon Phanom (Mekong River), Thailand.
  • 08. Feb. 2021. Moving from the Nakhon Phanom to Thakhek border point, in Thakhek town. Moving to hotel near Gnomalath city. In the afternoon, a small cave exploring and surveying. In the evening, welcome festive dinner.
  • 09-16 Feb. 2021. Explorations inGnommalath area, in the two largest caves: Tham Lom Yen I, Tham Hong San 1,041.7 m total lengt, VR: 138.5 m, Tham Roi Ha (1,185.6 m total length) and Tham Lom Yen II.
  • 17 Feb 2021. Moving to Ban Na Phondou village. A short exploration in Tham Kouan Te cave; in the evening, festive dinner with village representatives.
  • 18 Feb. - 26 Feb. 2021. Explorations and surveying in the large Pha Soung System (21,012 m), and in the Ban Na-Ban Phondhou area: Tham Nam Kouan Moo Yo cave (1,705.1 m), Tham Dan Makhia cave (2,093.2 m), Tham Kammatan cave (3,630 m), Tham Houay Sai cave (2,042.8 m), Tham See Done Soung (670 m) etc.
  • 27 Feb. 2021. In the morning, travel to Nakhon Phanom- the Lao-Thai border. Evening, fast bus to Bangkok.
  • 28 Feb. 2021. Arrival in the early morning in Bangkok.

We specify loud and clear that this program is a guidance because in function of the discoveries that will be performed the expedition leadership can change it strictly in the scientific and speleological purpose. In full agreement with the participants already enrolled in our expedition, we made some changes to the program and this one remains final. We still have places available for the expedition and please make a decision until October 31, 2020.

For additional relationships:

Liviu Valenas, Wanderer Str. 27, D - 90431 Nürnberg, Germany
Tel.: 0049-911-8014898, 0049-911-8014899, 0049-174-7872593, fax: 0049-911-8014900
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PARTICIPATION FEE: 990 Euro/person. Includes all transport costs in Thailand and Laos, full board and lodging, plus fees paid to the Lao authorities (Exploring and Residence Fees in Ban Na Village und Gnomalat). It will assure also the payment of the local guides. About half of overnights will be in hotels of 2-3 stars, but decent, with European toilet and water showers in every room. Accommodation in hotels is in double rooms, but who wants a separate single room will have to pay more (80 Euro). The transport on the Laos territory will be performed with 1 pickup car and a minivan Toyota on the expedition period. In the participation fee are included also the transport and visiting tickets for the tourist cave Tham Pha Fa. Included in the price is a participation binder, with topographic maps of the caves and area. To whom desires a T-shirt with expedition logo must pay more 29.90 euros. The last date for application is 31 October 2020. The participation fee will be sent to the following bank account:

Maliwan Valenas
Targo Bank Nürnberg - D
IBAN: DE65300209005390037093
BIC CODE: CMCIDED

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Those wishing to participate in the expedition will have to send us a short CV about their speleological activity. Some explanations regarding their skills in caving (exploration, climbing walls, topography, photo, scientific research, etc.) welcomed. Air tickets to Bangkok, Thailand, round trip, will be reserved and paid exclusively by each participant. From Europe to Bangkok, round-trip, with a cheap flight, e.g. China Air, Turkish Air, Etihad or Aeroflot etc., with a mandatory stopover, costs about 500 Euro/person, round trip.

It is important to know that in case there will be restrictions to the stay in Laos and the transition through Thailand next year too, because of the Covid 19 and the expedition could not take place, we immediately will return the whole participation tax to those who subscribed in the expedition without any complication.

For those who want to relax wonderfully after the speleological expedition, we also organize a 5-day trip in the Khammouane province and in neighboring province Bolikhamsay.

Program

  • February 27, 2021 9:30 am. Travel to the most beautiful natural lake in Laos (a great karst resurgence), Kong Leng - Blue Lagoon, then travel to Khone Keo Rapids. After lunch visit the famous tourist Kong Lor cave, boating with a motorboat in the whole cave, return, about 20 km. Evening accommodation in the city of Nahin.
  • February 28, 2021: Travel to the mountain town of Lak Sao. On the way to visit the Cold Spring natural pool (another great karst resurgence) and the Dragon Cave tourist cave.
  • March 1, 2021: Climb on the Pha Hong mountain, 1413 m maximum altitude.
  • March 2, 2021: Visit thermal springs between Lak Sao and the state border with Vietnam. After lunch, visit the Phou Samkeng Mountain and the Pha Hong Buddhist Temple. In the evening, return to the city of Nahin.
  • March 3, 2021: Morning visit to the karst with Magotes (towers) in Nahin. At noon, travel to the border point Thakhek (Laos) - Nakhon Phanom (Thailand), crossing the state border. In the evening, a quick bus to Bangkok.

PARTICIPATION FEE: 290 Euro/person. Includes all transport costsfull board and lodging. About half of overnights will be in hotels of 2-3 stars, with European toilet and water showers in every room. Accommodation in hotels is in double rooms, but who wants a separate single room will have to pay more (50 Euro). The transport will be performed with a minivan Toyota on the expedition period. In the participation fee are included also the transport and visiting tickets for the tourist cave Kong Lor and Dragon Cave, including underground navigation through Kong Lor Cave.

LIVIU VALENAS
Speleological Club "Z" President