Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal - 10 Days

Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

Trip Info

Trip Duration

10 Days

Difficulty

difficult

Start From

Kathmandu

Trip Ends At

Kathmandu

Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal Overview

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 daring 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 and you will be the next!

Some Facts

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.

How is Honey Hunted?

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 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.

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
30 min private drive
Max Altitude: 1,400 m

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

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

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour & Tour Preparation
5-6 hrs tour
Max Altitude: 1,400 m

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. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Drive to Besi Sahar
6 hrs drive
Max Altitude: 760 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 4: Trek to Ghalegaun
7 hrs trek

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay/guesthouse
Day 5: Trek to Bhujung via Ghanapokhara
3 hrs trek
Max Altitude: 2,100 m

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. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay/ Guest House
Day 6: Trek to ThakuBhir (Honey Hunting Site)
3-4 hrs trek
Max Altitude: + 2,100 m

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. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Guest house
Day 7: Observe Honey Hunting Ceremony
6-7 hrs trek

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Guest house
Day 8: Trek back to Bhujung
3-4 hrs trek
Max Altitude: 1,600 m

We trek back to Bhujung village today. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay
Day 9: Trek Back to Besisahar
6-7 hrs trek
Max Altitude: 760 m

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Guest house
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu
6 hrs drive
Max Altitude: 1,400 m

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. 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
Day 11: Final Departure
30 min private drive
Max Altitude: 1,400 m

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

Meals: Breakfast

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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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