Chu Bluk Volcanic Cave is a system of volcanic caves in Krong Nong district, Dak Nong province, Vietnam, in Dak Nong Geological Park. It is a place that attracts enthusiasts to explore to conquer and learn in recent times. Let’s take a look at the krong Noi volcanic cave population to be dressed in mysterious and attractive ostriches!
SUMMARY OF DAK NONG GEOPARK
Located at an average altitude of 600-700m above sea level, Dak Nong Geological Park covers an area of 4,760 km2, spanning 6 districts and cities of Dak Nong province. With international and national heritage values, Dak Nong Geopark was officially recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark in July 2020.
The most prominent feature of the Global Geopark in Dak Nong is the longest volcanic cave system in Southeast Asia, formed from the eruption activity of The Tram Blang volcano (Buon Choah). With about 65 points of geological heritage, the highlight is the system of nearly 50 caves, craters, waterfalls.
The Global Geopark in Dak Nong with its tropical forest ecosystem, which preserves the characteristic values of biodiversity, many unique features of culture, geology, nature as well as traces of prehistoric human activity dating back tens of thousands of years have been found in caves. The majority of dak Nong Global Geopark’s heritage sites have not been affected by humans, which are ideal tourist destinations for those who like to explore.
SOUTHEAST ASIA’S LONGEST VOLCANIC CAVE POPULATION
Considered to be the longest volcanic cave cluster in Southeast Asia, The Chu Bluk volcanic cave system belongs to Buon Choah commune, Krong Nong district, Dak Nong province. Chu Bluk is about 20km from the center of Krong Noi district and about 40km south of Buon Ma Thuot.
The process of forming large and small caves inside the cave took place a long time ago, about 3700 years ago thanks to the eruption of The Bluk Volcano. It is a 25 km long basalt volcanic cave system, stretching from the Choar trading crater along the length of the Seripôk River to the Area of Wax Dam Waterfall.
The cave set a record for size, length as well as uniqueness in Southeast Asia, was found by scientists from the Vietnam Geological Museum (General Department of Geology and Minerals) and Japanese scientists in 2014 after 7 years of research.
With a large and small cave number of less than 100, this cluster has quite a lot of cave doors and forks. Observing The Bluk Cave is very simple, but the way to explore it is not easy. Therefore, it has attracted a large number of tourists who are passionate about climbing or enjoy exploring unspoiled places to conquer volcanic caves.
Around the cave area there are many caves, there are caves hundreds of meters long, thousands of meters long. Each cave in Chu Bluk has its own inherent beauty, most notably the following caves:
- Cave A1 is the fifth largest lava cave in Southeast Asia.
- C3 Cave is the 2nd largest cave in terms of length of lava caves in Southeast Asia.
- Cave C6 is one of the rare caves with air holes like skylights.
- Cave C8: with the cave door with sunlight shining in to create a landscape that is always shimmering, fanciful.
- In particular, the longest cave is C7 cave with a length of nearly 1,100 m, inside thousands of meters wide.
- Cave C9: the tallest cave in the Volcanic Cave complex of Chu Bluk
Among them, C7 is the cave worth exploring the most. Let’s find out more about this C7 Bluk volcanic cave!
C7 BLUK CAVE – SOUTHEAST ASIA’S LONGEST VOLCANIC CAVE
WHEN TO EXPLORE THE C7 VOLCANIC CAVE
At the cave the temperature is quite stable about 24 degrees, the climate is extremely cool. It’s okay to come here almost any time. Spring, summer is the most beautiful time, at this time the vegetation is green, less rainy, sunny so the road will be easy and also the time when you will bring yourself the most beautiful photos.
ACTIVITIES THAT CAN BE INVOLVED
- Explore the vast field of lava
- Explore volcanic caves C7, C8
- Swing the rope down and up the cave mouths
- Camping and barbecues
ROAD TO C7 OF CHU BLUK VOLCANIC CAVE
To reach the crater of Chu Bluk volcano cave, you have to walk through the red dirt road with the slopes up and down not very high, the path has a lot of basalt rocks, volcanic rocks are falling everywhere, this road is about 300m long with picturesque scenery that captivates so many passionate tourists to explore when coming here.
After that road, you have to cross the green rice fields and small trails with many poetic flowers, this road is also quite short so crossing this section is relatively easy and fast.
Continue along the Nature Reserve to the Dray Sap Landscape Special Use Forest where the location of the volcanic cave c7 Chu Bluk is located. The space in the forest is cool and pleasant, the fresh air mixed with the rustling of the trees tilted along the mountain breeze.
EXPLORE THE C7 OF CHU BLUK VOLCANIC CAVE
C7 Chu Bluk Cave is the longest lava cave in Southeast Asia and a prominent geological research site. The cave has a northwest-southeast direction and has a single collapse point, 11m deep, needs ropes to climb down and has a total length of 1067m. According to experts, this volcanic cave was formed as a result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.
Standing watching a ring of cave doors, this cave has an arc similar to a crater, there are corners obscured by wild canopies, tall shrubs. Therefore, do not move or stand too close to the mouth of the cave to avoid the danger of falling into this cave with a depth of more than ten meters!
The plan to move down to the cave of the delegation is to travel the specialized rope down, before that each member is carefully trained how to tie the rope, how to attach the equipment and how to coordinate the movements of limbs, control the body to ensure safety. This will be a refreshing experience for trekking enthusiasts to venture to this Volcanic Cave of Bluk.
WEATHER AT THE GEOLOGICAL PARK
- Cool, pleasant climate
- Rainy season: from May to October
- Dry season: from November to April next year
The structure of C7 cave is quite unique, in the cave typical are the structures of rope coils, tube structures in the tube, lava ball structures, lava flow structures are quite common. The sinkholes in the cave are a favorable environment for the characteristic vegetation growing beneath the dome to create extremely interesting natural landscapes.
Go deep inside the cave like another world, a world in the ground with a cold, humid space, surrounded by darkness everywhere. A section of the cave located in the west has a very high arch up to 15m, a width of nearly 20m. Each lava flow in many directions is printed in patterns that zigzag throughout the cave wall. The unspoiled but extremely magnificent beauty here, you have to go once to experience to feel all its inherent beauty.
If you are passionate about climbing and want to once experience the adventure of swinging ropes suspended tens of meters at the mouth of the cave or the desire to explore caves with extremely untapped scenery and few visitors, try once Trekking Explore this Krong Noi Volcanic Cave ! Not only C7 cave, but you can also learn and explore more caves in this population of the longest volcanic caves in Southeast Asia.
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