Trip Overview of Nepal Honey Hunting
Nepal Honey hunting is one of the unique adventure tours that include the fantastic and surprising scene of Nepal. Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in honeybees and is a better place for mad honey hunting. There are at least five different species of honeybees in Nepal. The wild honey bees make the beehives on the mountain’s big rocks. This tour can be a challenging tour. If you know rock climbing and are brave enough to take the risk. In this tour, We will get the chance of viewing and experiencing the traditional honey harvest of the Gurung people. Honey hunting is a tradition twice (spring and autumn) a year to collect the wild mad honey from the hive hanging on a rock hill.
Nepal Mad honey hunting
Nepal Mad Honey is collected by the local community in the mountain region of Annapurna and other areas. The Mad Honey is understood for its use medicinal benefits and psychedelic hallucinogens. it’s thanks to the presence of a chemical called Grayanotoxin which is present in pollen of rhododendron flowers. Mad honey is being harvested by an indigenous tribe called “Gurungs.” in Nepal. The knowledge and benefits of honey harvesting are being passed from generation to generation among these local people. it’s still unknown to several people within the country that this honey exists.
Wild bee hunting in Nepal is the unique and best traditional method in the world. where the honey is collected directly from the cliffs where the enormous bees naturally wish to build their hives. Nepal Mad honey collection in Nepal is getting more popular now. The honey collection from mountain cliffs may be a risky job and seasonal as harvesting is merely done twice a year in spring and fall.
Thousand of tourists visit Nepal to enjoy the mad honey hunting tour. The world’s giant honey bees are in the Himalayan rock where they build their hives in the crevices of towering cliffs. The mad Honey from Nepal was once a secret treasured by the Himalayan tribespeople for centuries to cure their pains, stress, anxiety, and insomnia (sleeping disorders). Everest Organic Home brings proven medicinal honey to the world.
During this Nepal, mad honey hunting tour, Discover our magical Himalayan Cliff Honey and enjoy the taste of this Himalayan treasure. Feel the symbiosis of natural ingredients and the great taste of wild honey. This mad honey tour of Nepal will bring you the pleasure of a new experience.
Why Nepal honey hunting ?
- Enjoy the scenic drive to Khudi via countryside road.
- Mountain Honey Hunting in the rocky stone small hills.
- Enjoy the homestay experience with the local Gurung community
- Capture the best picture in your camera collecting honey from Himalayan cliffs.
- Nepal Honey hunting is an age-old tradition following till now.
Honey hunters from Nepal
Wild Honey is collected from the wild bee colonies Apis Laboriosa found within the isolated forest in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. The world’s largest honey bee, Apis laboriosa (the giant Himalayan honey bee) may be a wild bee and makes it combs cliff overhangs on the Rockies. Within the foothills of the Nepal Himalaya lives a brave tribe of Gurung people that risk their lives climbing up cliffs to reap honey from one of the most important and most dangerous honey bees within the world. This tradition is followed by locals for many years and holds great religious and cultural importance to the people that live here.
A honey hunter hunting the honey within the cliffs or the rocks. Most of these hunters are farmers, cultivating rice, corn, and vegetables for his or her own use. According to the local people, about 200 years ago, two tribes of Gurung and Ghale people left Tibet and settled in the Lamjung honey hunting site. from that time the locals start to collect wild honey from the steep cliffs and commenced trading it. First, they prepared the ropes made from braided strips of bamboo. Some hunters made the ladder, which is comprised of those ropes, and others stay down to collect the honey. According to the honey hunters the highest quality in May and June.
The honeybees usually made their beehives on gigantic cliffs in the Jungle. They collect nectar from poisonous flowers within the jungle which make the real organic honey. The hunters first do the pray and respect the spirits of the forest. They also perform a ceremony to placate the cliff gods. They firest offer flowers, fruit, and rice, and pray to the spirits for a secure hunt.
Enjoy the traditional way of Nepal honey hunting
Honey hunting tour in Nepal is a doing by a traditional from local village people. The honey hunters are the tribe of Mogoals and they are in the different part of Nepal. A tradition passed down for generations they locals are still following this tradition. Honey is taken as the primary source of sweets in ancient times when there was no sugar produced. Some of the indigenous Nepali communities like Gurungs and Magars are in this process.
There are many mountains cliffs in Nepal where you can see the wild bee honey. The Manaslu and Annapurna regions hills near the forest big stone has few of them. We will mostly go to hunt in Annapurna and Manaslu regions. As the which makes hive on the vertical slopes of these cliffs that’s why it is dangerous activity. We can see some sites of clifs which has local names of honey hunters who died during honey harvesting.
Nepal mad honey hunting is 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 honey hunter from the local village celebrates honey hunting as a festival by offering flowers, grains, and sheep to God before shooting. The worship is organized to respect the hard work of honeybees and their contribution, to the survival of human beings. Everyone is excited and curious to watch honey hunters working at the cliffs.
Taste the wild honey
Nepal mad Honey hunting tour is doing by well experience villagers who hang from cliffs as tall as 300 m with the help of homemade ropes and Bamboo ladders. The leaders of the hunters collect honey in the bucket from the beehives and pass it down to another person. You can also taste the wild honey if you are in the hunting time. This wild honey is used for a medical purpose which still exists and has medicinal value with a great deal of money in the international market.
Nepal mad Honey hunting tour 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. Nepal honey hunting gives the 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. Nepal Honey hunting tour gives you the best experience of the traditional method of wild honey harvesting and hunting which is worth a visit
Enjoy the honey hunting tour with the best view in the village of Annapurna region
We can arrange a mad honey hunting tour in different parts of Nepal. We take you to the Annapurna regions one of the best Gurung villages this honey hunting trip. Honey hunting is usually doing in October and November in Autumn and in springtime from Mid April to May. You will stay at the local homestay accommodation during the tour.
We specially arrange the honey hunting tour in Lamjung District nearby the famous Ghale guan village. it is a famous cultural Village. You can ask us for any r alternative honey hunting itinerary if you want to try it in different areas.
What to pack
Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal is an easy and short tour, so you can pack your belongings in your day pack. below is the idea of what to take.
sleeping bag -10 degree
Wind stopper, warm Jacket
Rucksack/backpack with cover Weatherproof pack cover
Raincoat or Umbrella
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.)
Small first aid kit e.g. plasters, paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, etc
Some snicker, chocolate, candy
Health & Fitness
Nepal mad honey hunting tour is a short and easy tour so anybody can go for it. Actually, it is best for families with children and first-time trekkers with limited time. During the hike, we just need to walk at medium altitudes (800 m-2500 m) but you must have a normal health condition and average physical fitness. the alternate way there are transport facilities also so if you have any problem you can take a drive back to Kathmandu.
When is the best time?
Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal is not possible throughout the year. We can do the honey hunting in two seasons, late spring and late autumn. As a result, these are the times when you have the most chances to see the hunters at work. We run the tour 2 times of the year, the best time for a Nepal mad honey hunting tour is in October/November and mid-April to May. The local people harvesting their honey the first during the summer (April to May) and the second time during the Autumn (October o November). Therefore, You can do the trip only at a special time. However, hunting in autumn is more often done in low altitude belts of the Annapurna region and other areas. If you wanted to see the high altitude honey hunting it is in the spring and it is quite long days trip.
Nepal Honey Hunting - Trip Info
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