Honey Hunting Tour is one of the unique adventurous tours that include the fantastic and surprising scene of Nepal with it. Nepal is a rich country in honeybee and is a better place for honey hunting. There are at least five different species of Honeybee in Nepal. The wild honey bees make the beehives hanging on the rock. This tour can be a challenging tour for those with knowledge of rock climbing and are brave enough to take the risk. With honey hunting, there is the chance of viewing and experiencing the traditional honey harvest of Gurung people. Honey hunting is a tradition twice (spring and autumn) a year to collect the wild honey from the hive hanging on a rock hill.
The traditional way of honey hunting is an adventure tour in the world. The honey hunters are a tribe of Mongols in Nepal who follow the tradition of honey hunting. A tradition passed down for generations. The honey is taken as the primary source of sweets in ancient times when there was no sugar produced. Extracting honey from rock bees that live in steep slope is an age-old tradition of some of the indigenous Nepali communities like Gurungs and Magars. Among many mountain cliffs in Nepal, the Budhi Gandaki valley in the Manaslu region and the Cliffs in Annapurna region have a notable presence of wild bee, which makes hive on the vertical slopes of these cliffs. Hunting cliff honey is a dangerous activity, and most of the cliffs are named and remembered by the names of honey hunters who died during honey harvesting.
Honey hunting tour can be taken as a very old tradition in the mountain areas of Nepal. In the past, people used to organize the religious ceremony before collecting honey to protect themselves from the attack of honeybees and any misshapen. The locals celebrate the honey hunting as a festival by offering flowers, grains, and sheep to God before shooting. The worship was also organized to respect the hard work of honeybees and their contribution to the survival of human beings. Everyone is thrilled to watch honey hunters at work.
It is undertaken by experienced villagers who hang from cliffs as tall as 300 m with the help of homemade ropes and Bamboo ladders. The lead honey hunter collects honey in the bucket from the beehives and passes down to another person. This wild honey was used for a medical purpose which still exists and has medicinal value with a great deal of money in the international market.
Nepal Honey hunting is still part of traditional livelihood; that is why it is more interesting for tourists to know the Nepali traditional honey hunting knowledge and skills. The trekking routes to and from the honey bee hives are exciting and breathtaking. Honey hunting in Nepal also enables visitors to take in the beauty and magnificence of the Nepali landscape and wildlife. At the same time, tourists can experience the culture. Thus, it adds more color to our delight. Honey hunting tour is the best opportunity to view and experience the traditional method of wild honey harvesting and hunting which is worth a visit
Tour Duration: 06 days from arrival to Departure
Tour Visiting Places:
Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Besisahar, Ghale Gaon, Khudi village
Transportation: Good Condition Private Car/Van depends on group size for the tour with a good driver, for long drive Tourist Bus.
Time for Honey Hunting
April to May
November to December
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - Kathmandu drive to Khudi overnight at guest house.
Today after having breakfast, you will drive for your honey hunting tour. After 4 hours drive from Kathmandu, you will arrive at Vimal Nagar, where you can visit Siddha cave (the biggest cave in Asia). Then from here, after driving about more 3hrs, you will reach Khudi village. The villagers heartily welcome you. In the evening, have a slide show program about bee hunting.
Day 03: - Khudi to Base camp village
This is the point from where you start trek for the Honey hunting village site. Today you trek for six to seven hours for the Honey Hunting site. On the way, you view many natural scenes n the way.
Day 04: - Enjoy the honey hunting
Today you enjoy thrilling honey hunting programs at the cliff. Honey hunter prays before they start. After you enjoy the honey hunting program, return to the base camp village.
Day 05: - Trek back to Khudi Drive back to Kathmandu
Today you’ll retrace your path back to Khudi. On the way, the stream invites you to swim at a natural swimming pool. You go evening walk at Bank of the Marshyangdi River and Khudi stream. Drive back to Kathmandu with a journey of about 7 hrs drive. Transfer to your hotel and spend your free time.
Day 06: - Final Departure, Airport Drop
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home. We will wish you a happy journey traditionally and culturally of Nepal and hope to see you again.
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