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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11 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 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.

Starting Price

999

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalaya Trekkers and get transferred to the designated hotel.

In the evening, you can take a stroll around the streets of the Thamel area. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Kathmandu tour & trip preparation

Meals included: Breakfast

After a warm breakfast at the hotel, you can spend half of the day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later in the afternoon, prepare for the trip. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Besi Sahar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will start the trek today with a 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 on the bank of Marshyangdi River is the Headquarter of Lamjung District.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Ghalegaun

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will head towards Ghalegaun. You can 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.

Accommodation: Homestay/guesthouse Estimated Walking Distance: 7 hrs trek

Day 5

Trek to Bhujung via Ghanapokhara

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will explore Ghale Gaun in the morning and soon after the exploration we start our walk towards the largest Gurung settlement in Annapurna Conservation Area, Bhujung. We will halt at Ghanapokhara offering a mesmerizing view of the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. 

We then have a couple of hours' walk and reach Bhujung. After a brief rest at your accommodation, we will head towards the important landmarks in the village like the Bhujung Museum and Hydro Power Sites. After exploring, we return to our homestay. 

Accommodation: Homestay/guesthouse Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs trek

Day 6

Trek to ThakuBhir (Honey Hunting Site)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we continue our trek towards ThakuBhir leaving Bhujung. For the rest of the day, we will explore the sites and get to know the locals and their culture. 

Accommodation: Guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs trek

Day 7

Observe honey hunting ceremony

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We enjoy the honey hunting ceremony, taste the freshly harvested honey and observe the traditional methods of harvesting honey from the high cliffs. 

Accommodation: Guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs trek

Day 8

Trek back to Bhujung

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We trek back to Bhujung village today. 

Accommodation: Homestay Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs trek

Day 9

Trek back to Besisahar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Retracing the trail, we will walk back to Besisahar and spend the night. 

Accommodation: Guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs trek

Day 10

Drive back to Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Bidding farewell to Besisahar, we will drive back to the capital, Kathmandu. 

Upon arrival, you can take a rest or roam around the streets and do shopping. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs drive

Day 11

Final departure

Meals included: Breakfast

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

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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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/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.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Guide and Porter
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • Available accommodation during the trek 
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Tea) during the trek 
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes and charges

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Beverage expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes


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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