Aural, Cardamom Mountain
Aural or Phnom Aural in the Cardamon Mountains is the highest peak in Cambodia, at 1813 meters above sea level, in the southern plains of the country. It is an area quite off the beaten track and offers a great opportunity to see some really interesting species that are not seen on the rest of the tour.
The evergreen forest Aural is home to Cambodian Laughingthrush – one of the two endemic bird species of Cambodia, and many other rare birds in high elevation. This most difficult site to access requires a long and hard climb for about 6 hours from the base, Srekenbei village.
Aural supports many target high elevation bird species including Cambodia Laughingthrush, Chestnut-headed Partridge, Green Cochoa, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Blue Pitta, Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, White-tailed Robin, Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo, Blyth’s Shrike-babbler, Mountain Scops-owl etc. About 200 bird species are recorded.
Staying in a local homestay in Srekenbei village for the first night, and the next two nights camping in the hammocks up on Aural Mountain.
A typical trip to Aural usually done by staying one night at Srekenbei village before the climb, and then at least two more nights camping with hammocks up in the mountain.
Since no people living upon Aural, rangers and porters from the village are needed to accompany the group to transport food supply and camping equipment. Every passenger is required to be fit and recommended to climb as light as possible, leaving all the unnecessary stuff behind in the vehicle, waiting in the village.