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You may hear Nepal often for Mount Everest or you may think of Nepal about steep trails for trekking and some tours in the Himalayas or rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, and other wonderful activities, but Nepal is not only limited to these, but You can also experience the wonderful honey hunt.
Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal is an exciting and adventurous activity and it can be a real test of your strength because this tour is not for faint-hearted. Climbing a cliff and extracting honey is an intense activity and is very challenging. You can see people harvesting honey from the high cliffs.
Scientific researchers have proved that the hunt for wild honey is one of the oldest activities continued by humans for survival, and according to the study of rocks in various parts, it has been found that honey has been hunted in Nepal since 1300 BC.
Many people in some villages, especially in western Nepal, depend on honey for their livelihood. They harvest honey from the largest species of bee in the world, called Apis, which is labor-intensive. These bees live on the high cliffs of the foothills and the honey hunters risk their lives to harvest the honey to survive.
Honey hunters build rope ladders and baskets to access the combs after the bees are washed away with smoke by lighting a fire under the hives. The honey harvest usually takes place twice a year, when honey hunters come together and migrate into the Himalayas to take on this huge and life-threatening task.
To harvest a colony, it takes honey hunters two to three hours, depending on the hive's location and size. The harvest ritual, which varies slightly from community to community, begins with a prayer and sacrifice of flowers, fruits, and rice. Then a fire is lit at the base of the cliff to smoke the bees from their combs.
From above, a honey hunter descends the cliff that is attached to a ladder with ropes. As his friends hold the rope and ladder from the top and lift the spring tools, the honey hunter fights off the territorial bees as he cuts pieces of honey from the honeycomb.
Thus, get ready to experience the thrill of honey hunting in Nepal.