Ascent of Dinh Vua on 2019-02-14

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Becca Romig
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dinh Vua
    Elevation:4252 ft / 1296 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mr. Dao picked us up at 7am from the Ba Vi Homestead where we had spent the night and we made our way to the park entrance and up the mountain road. Entrance fee for 3 of us and the car was 200,000 dong, or US$8.70. There is a large parking area in the saddle between the two peaks (and another parking lot between Dinh Mau and Dinh Tan Vien). We parked here and made our way up the peak on an excellent path complete with stone stairs to a very tall pagoda through the lush jungle which today was completely socked in with clouds. From the pagoda we continued up to the shrine to Uncle Ho where the highest ground can be located - it is a few rocks that are right next to the shrine to the NE. After the obligatory summit photos, we explored the shrine for a few minutes. On our ascent and the summit we had the trail completely to ourselves. As we were about 1/3 of the way down, we ran into a large group ascending, thankful that we had been alone to this point.
Once we returned to the parking area, we continued straight up the second P300ft peak in the area, also home to a temple. This peak was very crowded once we ascended the steeper trail to the first larger temple. At this point, we saw that we were not yet at the high ground and saw a cliff towering above the temple. Worried we wouldn’t get our bonus bump, I saw a sign saying “something in Vietnamese 50m,” so we headed that way. Thankfully it led to a really steep staircase that takes you right to the top! There is a smaller Buddhist shrine here, yet even more people! We found a pair of rocks behind the statue that are the highest natural ground and took some pics. We also took a few pics at the summit pyramid so we would have the exact name and elevation to add the peak to peakbagger.
Following our descent, Mr. Dao drove us to the old French church ruins in the jungle which we had to ourselves plus one solo Vietnamese adventurer. This place was really neat, and all the better in the pea soup cloud conditions, making for some great photos, coming soon!
Not too bad, finally a real peak in Vietnam, a P3k that is also a provincial & National Park high point plus a P300ft bonus bump!
Prom for this peak is 3,790.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:679 ft / 206 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:679 ft / 206 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Start Trailhead:3573 ft / 1089 m
Descent Statistics
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