This short extension targets the rarely seen endemics and near endemics of Cambodia. A short stop around the outskirts of Phnom Penh should give us the recently discovered Cambodian Tailorbird before we head to Mount Aural in the Cardomom Mountains. The lush, evergreen forests that cloak the mountain are home to the endemic Cambodian Laughingthrush and near-endemic Chestnut-headed Partridge. We conclude the tour at an area of remote grasslands where we hope to find the very rare Chinese Grassbird and little-known Manchurian Reed Warbler with chances too of the seldom-seen Asian Golden Weaver.

Please note that this tour has very tough physical requirements - a steep ascent of 800 vertical metres (2 600ft) on one day, followed by a descent of the same trail the following day.

Top Birds

Cambodian Laughingthrush, Cambodian Tailorbird, Chestnut-headed Partridge, Chinese Grassbird, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Asian Golden Weaver

Habitats Covered

grasslands, woodland, cultivation, rice fields, lowland broad-leaved and tropical moist forest

Expected Climate

humid in the lowlands with occassional rain showers

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.


lodges and guesthouses mostly of a simple to good standard. 2 nights of basic camping on Mount Aural

Ease of Birding

moderate with some very tricky species

Photographic Opportunities


Cambodia - Cardamom Mountains Extension 2025

03 Feb 2025 - 07 Feb 2025 (5 days)

USD2,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Peter Kaestner

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD2,000 * GBP1,633 * EUR1,880 * AUD3,104

Can be linked with: Cambodia - Angkor Wat, Giant Ibis & Rare Vultures 2025

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