Monday 24th July 2017,
Aceh Birder

BIRDING IN GAYO HIGHLANDS SUMATRA

BIRDING IN GAYO HIGHLANDS SUMATRA
Gayo Highlands Birding Tour…it’s more than birding! (4 Days/4 Nights) 
Birding – BirdWatching and Wildlife Photography Tour

The four big Gayo area’s are each concentrated around a lake of river valley and are bordered by high, forested mountain slopes. The area around Danau Tawar (Lake Tawar) in the north is the most heavily populated, especially around the most important city of Takengon. The four big Gayo area’s are each concentrated around a lake of river valley and are bordered by high, forested mountain slopes. The area around Danau Tawar (Lake Tawar) in the north is the most heavily populated, especially around the most important city of Takengon.

The Sumatran Trogon is a species of bird in the Trogonidae family. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Javan trogon under the common name blue-tailed trogon. It is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra

Around Sea Freshwater Lake, you can see the Gayo people that farming and fishing. An activity that has become part of everyday life in communities around the lake. Commodity grown in the highlands Gayo Gayo is coffee (Coffee arabica), which is very famous in Japan. If you want to feel the Aceh coffee directly from the source, you can find it in the Gayo region.

The Sumatran Treepie or Sunda Treepie is a species of bird in the Corvidae family. It is endemic to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia

The Gayo Highlands consist of the mountainous central part of Aceh, an isolated area which is cut of from the surrounding coastal plains by the rough peaks of Bukit Barisan. This is the habitat of about 250,000 Gayo, a dynamic population with an own language, lively traditional art and a high level of education. Takengon is the capital of Central Aceh district. It sits to offer you a handful of rareness you must see. The food is unique and it’s worth noting. Agro-tourism and activities around the Lake Laut Tawar (sea of fresh water) are the reasons to extend your stay. Not to mention the legend of a princess that turned into stone with her observable unseen guards. It is far from nonsense when we mention in the first place that Aceh is truly a spiritual gateway to Indonesia. Danau Tawar is the most recreational area for the residents of Takengon, and it’s also a resource of money. The lake is bordered by steep cliffs along three sides, with peaks up to 2.400 to 2.800 meters. From the city several paths lead onto the slopes.

The local people rowing boat beside The Purple Swamphen in Lut Tawar Lake, Takengon

Since the 1930’s the highlands are the centre of the vegetable- and fruit production, tobacco and coffee. On the market handicraft is sold. The Gayo women use a number of baskets for storing their ingredients. Men and women make difficult kerawung-patterns on fabrics. In fact Gayo people have their own culture, dialect, art, and value system. It is very different with Aceh culture particularly. In the past, Gayo was a kingdom apart from ancient kingdom of Aceh.

The beautiful Gayo Highlands deep in the interior of Aceh are ripe for off-the-path picking. This is coffee country, cool and mountainous with spectacular vistas drifting in and out of focus between cool morning mists. In Simpang Balik, a town 15km north of Takengon, there are several hot spring pools. The concrete pools are fiiled with steaming sulphorous water and are said to help heal many ailments and ease aches and pains.There are seperate pools for men and women.

Gayo Highlands Sumatra Birding Tour
Duration: 4 days / 4 nights
Number of participant: 2-12
Type of Accommodation: Hotel (western-style toilets are the norm and hot water)
Type of Transportation: Mini bus/van
Start/End: Lhokseumawe-Aceh / Malikussaleh airport (LSW)

Aceh is a Great Birding Spot area for Sumatran Endemic Birds. Gayo Highlands birding tours and combined birdwatching and wildlife holidays as a new birding destination in Sumatra. Because the Gayo Highlands is a wide range of eco-system Leuser, there are river systems, volcanoes and lakes. This rainforest is immensely biodiverse, hosting approximately 700 different species of animals – more than 175 mammals, more than 320 birds, 190 reptiles and amphibians. Tigers, leopard cats, siamangs, Thomas leaf monkeys, macaques, gibbons are just a handful of the thousands of species found in this unique eco-system.

The Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor). One of the rare Laughingthrush in the world. It is endemic to the island of Sumatra.

Birding – BirdWatching and Wildlife Photography Tour in Gayo Highlands!. The best birds and other wildlife in Sumatra, and the best places to see the best birds and other wildlife in Sumatra. We make easy to watch some Sumatran Endemic Birds.

We also have a fantastic series of birding and wildlife expedition that will take you to some of the endemic bird of Sumatra. The Gayo Highlands will also give us the opportunity to see a wide variety of Indo-Malayan species, from the broadbills, trogons and hornbills of the many montane species that inhabit the highland forests. It’s a new of the best wildlife spot in Sumatra.

Some Sumatran endemic birds in Gayo Highlands:
(Please click the bird name to see Aceh Birder photos)
1. Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor)
2. Sumatran Trogon (Harpactes mackloti)
3. Sumatran Drongo (Dicrurus sumatranus)
4. Sumatran Treepie (Dendrocitta occipitalis)
5. Sumatran Frogmouth (Batrachostomus poliolophus)
6. Sumatran Green Pigeon (Treron oxyurus )
7. Sumatran Wren-babbler (Napothera rufipectus)
8. Sumatran Whistling Thrush (Myophonus melanurus)
9. Sumatran Chestnut-winged Whistling Thrush (Myophonus castaneus)
10. Sumatran Peacock Pheasant (Polyplectron chalcurum)
11. Sumatran Hill Partridge / Roll’s Hill Partridge (Arborophila rolli)
12. Sunda Bulbul (Ixos virescens sumatranus)
13. Spot-necked Bulbul (Pycnonotus tympanistrigus)
14. Rajah Scops Owl (Otus brookii)
15. Cream-striped Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogrammicus)
16. Blue-masked Leafbird (Chloropsis venusta)
17. Schneider’s Pitta (Pitta schneideri)

Itinerary
Day 1: Lhokseumawe-Takengon: Arrive in Lhokseumawe Airport, meet and greet and then depart for Gayo Highlands, part of Leuser Ecosystem of Gunung Leuser National Park, in about 4 hours drive time via plantation road. Arrive in Takengon , check in to Hotel.
Day 2: Explore birds in Tekengon-Gayo Highland. Night at hotel in Takengon
Day 3: Explore birds in Bener Meriah-Gayo Highland. Night at hotel in Takengon
Day 4: Gayo Highland-Half day birding: Return to Lhokseumawe in a 4 hour drive via plantation road. Arrive in Lhokseumawe drop off to hotel. Night at hotel in Lhok Seumawe. (note: we will transfer to airport for departure to your next destination after Day 4 or on Day 5)

4 Days/4 Nights birding tour price is:
– 2 Pax USD 923 per person  – 4 Pax USD 785 per person
– 6 Pax USD 689 per person  – 8 Pax USD 653 per person
– 10 Pax USD 597 per person – 12 Pax USD 575 per person’

Gayo Highlands Sumatra Birding Tour is limited for 12 persons/trip and minimum 2 persons/trip . The price will be includes All Main Meals (3 Meals per Day + Mineral Water) and Snack, Accommodation (Based on a shared room), Vehicle (car, Fuel and Driver), Entrance Fees and permits, Guidance and also Conservation contribution in Gayo Highlands Birds Conservation Awarness Program with Cicem Nanggroe Society (Aceh’s Birder & Birdwatcher), www.cicemnanggroe.wordpress.com

 

Gayo Highlands Birds Conservation Awarness Program for HighSchool Students with Cicem Nanggroe Society (Aceh’s Birder & Birdwatcher)

The tour pax and Itinerary can always be discussed.
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