Cúc Phương National Park is located in Ninh Bình Province, in Vietnam’s Red River Delta. Cuc Phuong was Vietnam’s first national park and is the country’s largest nature reserve. The park is one of the most important sites for biodiversity in Vietnam.
Cúc Phương is situated in the foothills of the northern Annamite Range. The park consists of verdant karst mountains and lush valleys. Elevation varies from 150 meters (500 feet) to 656 m (2,152 feet) at the summit of May Bac Mountain, or Silver Cloud Mountain. The limestone mountains house numerous caves, many of which are accessible for exploration.
The average temperature in Cúc Phương is 21 Celsius (70 Fahrenheit), with a mean winter temperature of 9C (48F). High temperatures can reach above 30C (85 F) and lows are just above zero (32 F). At the low elevations in the valley the temperature is hot and humid while at higher elevations the temperature drops and frostbite is a threat. On average it rains more than 200 days a year and the average annual rainfall is 2,100mm (7 feet). The dry season is November to February, the driest months being December and January.
Cúc Phương is home to an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. Inhabitants of the park include 97 species of mammals, most notable endangered langurs; 300 species of birds; 36 reptilian species; 17 species of amphibians; 11 species of fish; 2,000 species of vascular plants, and thousands of species of insects. A number of species in the park are listed on Vietnam Red Book of endangered species.
Primates in the park include macaques, gibbon, François’s leaf monkey and slow loris. Other mammals include bats, porcupine, flying squirrel, small striped squirrel, belly-banded squirrel, and the rare black giant squirrel. In the past the park was home to Asiatic black bears, wild dogs, elephants, rhinos, and tigers, but over hunting and lack of prey have most led to the loss of these species. Leopards, clouded leopards, and jungle cats may still be present in the park.
Cuc Phuong National Park is the first recognized and most well protected nature reserve in Vietnam. The Park’s primary tropical rainforest is home to an amazing variety of wildlife and in recent years several species have been discovered here. There are almost 2000 species of trees and amongst them lives some amazing and rare animals including the clouded leopard, Delacour’s Langur, Owston’s Civet, Otters and Asian Black Bears…
Start at 08:00 am, we drive for two hours to Cuc Phuong. Once arrive, we will visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, and learn about the conversation works that are being done at this well protected National Park.
Leave headquarter of the national park to the starting trekking point. In the primary forest you will trek for two to three hours, passing limestone slopes and tree of over a millennia old. During the trek we are to see many special trees of the region. We then are transferred back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 18:00 pm. Tour ends.
- Transfer in private air-conditioned vehicle
- English speaking guide
- All admission fees and permits
- Reasonable supply of drinking water during the trek
- Personal expenses
- Tips and Gratuities
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