Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal
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Facts About Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

Grade

Easy

Max Size

2-12

Transportation

Private Bus

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Tour

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu

Duration:

5 Days

Trip Overview

Honey hunting is an amazing Himalayan tradition that is practiced by locals in the Himalayan region. It involves climbing cliffs to harvest honeycombs from massive hives made by special kinds of wild honey bees.

Twice a year, groups of men gather around cliffs in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal where these wild bees live and breed. As they have for generations, they come to harvest this coveted honey.

Popular Honey Hunting Destinations

Nepal has long been known as one of the world’s honeybee capitals. This is especially true in the Annapurna region where bees nest on the cliffs around Bhujung Pagan, Naya Gain and Ludhi.

For generations, honey hunting has been a crucial part of life for many villagers in the mountain foothills. It provides a simple but nutritious source of food to supplement their sparse diets.

This ancient practice of dangling from cliffs using traditional rope ladders to harvest wild honey is becoming increasingly popular among intrepid travelers. It is a one-of-a-kind adventure tour that will test your courage and daring.

Honey Hunting in Nepal is a traditional practice of the local Gurung community, which is still practiced to this day. It is also a great way to get an insight into the local culture.

Best Time for Honey Hunging in Nepal

Honey Hunting Tour is one of the most interesting tours conducted in Nepal. It is a unique chance to view and experience a traditional method of hunting wild honey from massive bee hives that nest high on mountain cliffs.

It’s an ancient practice of the indigenous people of the Himalayas, including the Gurung tribe. It takes place twice a year, when honey hunters head deep into the jungle to extract this precious resource for their community.

The locals believe that the bees’ honey is an important source of nutrients for the villagers, and can improve immunity, increase energy levels, and reduce cholesterol. It’s also considered a psychoactive substance that can cause lightheadedness, euphoria, and hallucinations in larger doses.

The best time to visit a honey hunt is in the spring and autumn seasons. The mountain views are stunning during these times, and the weather is usually good.

Honey Hunting Tour Cost

One of the most amazing adventure tours, Nepal honey hunting is a traditional and ancient skill that has been practiced by tribes to gather wild bees. This is an adventurous activity that takes place twice a year, during the spring and autumn seasons.

Moreover, this organic honey is widely famous and earns these locals their living. It is believed to have medicinal qualities and can help support metabolism and immunity power.

In this tour, you will get the chance to see local people harvesting wild bees honey from hives hanging on steep cliffs. This is a unique experience that allows you to see this ancient profession and explore the spectacular mountain views.

Things to Consider Before Honey Hunting

Honey hunting is a unique way to experience the traditional Nepalese way of life. It is a very adventurous tour that involves climbing and exploring the beautiful mountain views along the way.

High in the Himalayas, groups of men risk their lives to harvest much sought-after wild honey from hives on cliffs. A minor slip could mean falling hundreds of feet and sure death for the hunters who carefully navigate the steep mountains.

In remote villages, like Bhujung Pagan, Naya Gaun, Ludhi and Dare, local people have kept this ancient tradition alive. Visitors are often amazed at the speed and courage of these people who hang from cliffs to earn a living.

Before a hunt can commence the villagers must perform a complex ceremony that involves sacrificing a sheep, offering flowers and fruits and praying to the cliff gods. This may be the only way to ensure that a hunt is safe.

Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1350m)

Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar

Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar,well come drinks,2 -3 hour dirt road drive or 2 hour drive and 1.5 hour walk to Honey hunting village. ,welcome by villagers and well come drinks,dinner,rest at tent or Home stay.

Day 3 : Breakfast ,1-2 hour adventure walk to cliff site( Nagdi river bank or Jungle )

Breakfast ,1-2 hour adventure walk to cliff site( Nagdi river bank or Jungle ),viewing the almost 50 meter long height honey Hive cliff and Hunters activities(put ladder on the way of honey hive of cliff,smoke use in around of hive from down side,etc), Heart thrilling honey hunting program(helper hunters passing hunting materials to main Hunters in cliff,main hunters cuts hive and put in bamboo pot, helper hunters pull the full honey pot by ladder from top side of cliff, they repeat this activities many time, lunch and test fresh Honey, return to village, tea or coffee, dinner, observe and participant in hunter's family culture, cultural program, rest( tent or Home stay)

Day 4 : Breakfast.1-2 hour walk and 2 hour drive to Besisahar, lunch, and drive back to Kathmandu.

Breakfast.1-2 hour walk and 2 hour drive to Besisahar, lunch, and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 5 : We will drop you in airport 3hrs before your flight.

We will drop you in airport 3hrs before your flight.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport.
  • Transportation by private vehicle as per Itinerary.
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation of BB Plan in Kathmandu
  • 3 typical Local meals a day (B, L, D with tea or coffee) in Teahouse/Home stay.
  • Accommodation in a local house as paying guest (Home Stay).
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) if required.
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) Permit.
  • Necessary Guide and Porter during the honey hunting trip period.
  • Honey hunting adventure arranged with Local People.
  • English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour by private Vehicles.
  • All necessary paper works, our Service charge and Government Taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • All Personal nature expenses.
  • Airfare international flights if required.

Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is honey hunting?

Honey hunting is the process of collecting honey from wild bee colonies found in cliffs, trees, and other natural locations. Honey hunting in Nepal is done by the Gurung community, who use traditional methods to collect honey.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

Accommodation:

Honey hunting tours in Nepal usually include accommodation, which can range from basic guesthouses to luxurious hotels. The type of accommodation depends on the level of the tour package you choose. In some cases, you may even stay with a local family to experience the traditional lifestyle of the Gurung community.

Equipment:

Honey hunting tours in Nepal usually provide all the necessary equipment, including ropes, harnesses, protective clothing, and beekeeping tools. You don't need to bring any special equipment or clothing, but it's recommended to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes.

Safety:

Honey hunting can be dangerous, but tour operators in Nepal take safety seriously and provide experienced guides who know how to do it safely. It's important to follow their instructions to ensure your safety.

Cultural experiences:

Honey hunting tours in Nepal also provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the unique culture and way of life of the Gurung community. You can visit local villages, participate in cultural activities, and learn about their traditional practices and customs.

Conservation:

Honey hunting in Nepal is a traditional practice that has been passed down for generations. However, it's important to balance tradition with conservation to ensure the sustainability of the bee population. Honey hunting tour operators in Nepal follow sustainable practices and prioritize the conservation of bees and their habitats.

Best practices:

When participating in honey hunting in Nepal, it's important to respect the local traditions and follow best practices. For example, it's customary to leave some honey for the bees to ensure their survival. It's also important to avoid disturbing the bee colonies and their natural habitats.

Overall, a honey hunting tour in Nepal can be a unique and memorable experience that allows you to connect with nature and learn about the traditional practices of the Gurung community. It's a great way to experience the beauty and diversity of Nepal's natural and cultural resources.

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