Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

10 Days

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Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private Vehicle

Best Season:

Spring and Autumn

You may hear Nepal often for Mount Everest or may think Nepal about rugged 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 as well can experience the wonderful Honey Hunting.

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 cliff and extracting honey is an intense activity and is very challenging. You can see people harvesting honey from the high cliffs.

The 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.

The 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. Honey harvest usually takes place twice a year, when honey hunters come together and migrate into the Himalayas to take on this huge task with mortal danger.

To harvest one colony, the honey hunters take two to three hours, depending on the location of the hive and the size. The harvesting ritual, which varies slightly from community to community, begins with a prayer and sacrifice of flowers, fruit, and rice. Then a fire is lit at the base of the cliff to smoke the bees from their honeycombs.

From above, a honey hunter descends the cliff that is attached to a ladder with ropes. While his friends fasten the rope and ladder from the top and lift the spring tools up, the honey hunter fights territorial bees while cutting pieces of honey from the comb.

Thus, get ready to experience the thrill of Honey hunting in Nepal.

Starting Price

USD 999 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 2

Explore the city and prepare for the trek.

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.

Day 3

Drive to Besi Sahar/Khudi

We will start the trek today with high level of enthusiasm and spirit. We will drive along the Prithivi Highway till Dumre and take a rough road through the Marshyangdi River as we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields for around 6 hours until we reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar, a small market area in the bank of Marshyangdi River is the Headquarter of Lamjung District.

Day 4

Trek to Ghalegaun.

After breakfast we will head towards Ghalegaun which is about 7 hours of walk from Khudi or you can have a drive to Ghale Gaun but it is not as exciting as trekking up the hill. We will walk past settlements of various communities through the villages of Sirung village, Thulo village etc. Throughout the trail you get a mesmerizing view of Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Upon reaching the village you will have a grand welcome ceremony from the local villagers.

Day 5

Trek to Ghanapokhara.

In the morning we will hike up to Ghanapokhara for half an hour from where you can see a mesmerizing view of the Annapurna and Manaslu .In the afternoon we will walk around the village to explore things.

Day 6

Free day to observe honey hunting and reach Ghalegaun in the evening for overnight stay.

Our trek guide along with the local villagers will take you to the cliffs to observe the honey hunting in the morning. After lunch with fresh honey, you will trek to Ghalegaun for overnight stay.

Day 7

Trek to Pasgaon

Trek from Ghalegaun to Pasgaon, which takes about 6-7 hrs. After breakfast, your trail descends to Bhujung all the way, After the Bhujung trail; you will then ascend to Pasgaon. It is long and hard day trip.

Day 8

Trek to Pakhrikot.

The trek today takes about 5-6hrs. Trail ascends gently through jungles and beautiful waterfalls. Here you can also enjoy the joyful chirpings of the birds. After lunch, the trail once again begins to descend. It is a steep descent for about half an hour. One has to ensure that you carry enough water as there is shortage of drinking water in this area. The intense heat, humidity and the direct sunlight can sometimes be unbearable.

Day 9

Trek to Thumsikot.

After a descend of 1150 meters we will take a drive to Kathmandu.

Day 10

Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


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GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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