NO FINE TUNED ITINERARIES . REMEMBER IT IS A BIRDING EXPEDITION
Kerinci National Park and Neighbouring Areas
We will start our exploration at Padang Aiport in Sumatra , Indonesia . Our trip to Kerinci National Park will take almost 8 hours by road. Kerinci is the largest and national park in Sumatra and home for most of the sought after birds of that region.
Kerinci Seblat National Park sprawls from the coastal plains of West Sumatra, up the forested valleys and over the deep river gorges of the Barisan Mountains. The road from Padang city winds steadily up into the highlands through forests where hornbills swoop through the jungle canopies and macaque monkeys line the roads hoping for tidbits. Travelling times can often be deceptive in Indonesia but the eight-hour drive from the city to Sungai Penuh, the base for most people who want to explore Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS), is arguably one of Southeast Asia's most scenic.
Most visitors to TNKS come to climb Gunung Kerinci. At 3,805m it’s the highest active volcano in Southeast Asia, and the trek is considered to be a wilder, more challenging alternative to the more well-trodden volcanoes of Java.
Birdwatchers are drawn to TNKS by its bevy of more than 370 species including 17 endemic species of it own. Once-in-a-lifetime sightings might include the Sumatran ground- cuckoo, which was considered extinct until it was rediscovered here in 2002.
This famous road rises first from the town of Sungai Penuh, then drops down through forest for around 15 km to the lowlands at. It spans forest in an altitude range of 1,700 m to around 400, making it lower than the Gunung Kerinci summit trail, with different birds to match.
Typically birders would look to get dropped near the top of the road and then spend the day birding down to lower elevations. There is not much traffic on
the road so there is generally not much disturbance. The Tapan Road is the most reliable site for things like Graceful Pitta, Blue-masked Leafbird, Sumatran Treepie and the laughing thrush (although the latter have been heavily trapped).
KEY TARGET BIRDS
Salvadori Pheasant , Barred Eagle Owl, Red billed Partridge, Sumatran Trogon , Sunda Froktail , Scheiders Pitta, Sumatran Cochoa, Shining Whisting Thrush, Mountain Scops Owl, Rajah Scops Owl, Barred eagle Owl, Sumatran Frogmouth , Graceful Pitta, Blue Masked Leaf Bird, Sunda Frogmouth , Goulds Frogmouth, Diards Trogon, Scarlet Trumped Trogon, Green Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Sumatran Treepie, Cream Tripped Bulbul, Sumatran Wren Babbler, Bushy Crested Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Banded Broadbill and Many More ⋯
Name : Greater Sundas SUMATRA Bird Photography Exploration
Date : : October 1-8 ( 7 Nights , 8 Days )*
Difficulty Level : Moderate
Accommodation : Basic
Food : Local
Team Size : 4 Paax
Cost : USD 1500 Per Pax ( Twin Share )
All ground Transportation , Meals , Water , Guide fees , Park Fees etc
Air fair , Additional Menu , Insurances , Laundry , Tips etc