Nepal Honey Hunting

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Trip Price US$ 1850
US$ 1550 per person Book This Trip
Trip Duration 05 Days
Group Size 4-10 people
Maximum Altitude Bhujung Village (1,696m)
Difficulty Grade Easy
Start & End Point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Seasons Apr 15 - Early May, Nov-Dec

Highlights of Nepal honey Hunting Tour

  • Enjoy the scenic drive to Khudi via the countryside road.
  • Mountain Nepal 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.

Overview of Nepal Honey Hunting

Nepal Honey Hunting is a unique adventure tour for adventure lovers. It includes a tour of Nepal’s fantastic and surprising scenes through the Rula village. Nepal is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of honeybees and is a better place for mad honey hunting.

There are at least five different species of honeybees in Nepal. The wild honeybees make beehives on the mountain’s big rocks. This tour can be challenging if you know rock climbing and are brave enough to take risks.

On this tour, We will get to view and experience the traditional honey harvest of the Gurung people. Honey hunting is a tradition carried out twice yearly (spring and autumn). People collect the wild mad honey from the hive on a rock hill.

Nepal Mad Honey hunting

The local community in the mountain region of Annapurna and other areas collects the Nepal Mad Honey. The Mad Honey has the use for medicinal benefits and psychedelic hallucinogens. It’s thanks to the presence of a chemical called Grayanotoxin.

The chemical is present in the pollen of rhododendron flowers. An indigenous tribe called “Gurungs” harvests the Mas honey in Nepal. Local people have passed the knowledge of honey harvesting from generation to generation.

Several people within the country need to discover that this honey exists. Wild bee hunting in Nepal is the unique and best traditional method. People collect the honey from the cliffs where the enormous bees build their hives.

Nepal Mad honey collection is becoming more popular in Nepal. The honey collection from mountain cliffs may be a risky and seasonal job. Locals harvest twice a year in spring and fall, two seasons. Thousand of tourists visit Nepal to enjoy the mad Nepal honey hunting tour.

The world’s giant honey bees are in the Himalayan rock and build their hives in the crevices of towering cliffs. The Mad Honey from Nepal was once a secret cherished by the Himalayan tribespeople.

People use it to cure their pains, stress, anxiety, and insomnia (sleeping disorders). There is also a high demand for wild honey from Nepal overseas.

During this Nepal honey-hunting tour, discover our magical Himalayan Cliff Honey. 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.

How do you go honey hunting in Nepal?

Honey hunting is common in many parts of Nepal. It may include hunting in forests and mountains, where one can find honey in the most authentic and natural habitat possible. Hunting for honey is not an easy chore, and not everyone can do it because there are many risks and challenges involved in the process.

Many ethnic groups or locations in Nepal are famous for honey hunting. The procedure is as risky as possible, from climbing high cliffs to trees. The honey hunter needs to raise smoke and calm the bees, and then, the final step is to collect the honeycomb.

You can’t collect honey unless you have someone guiding you by your side. Honey hunting should strictly be limited to professionals who have been doing it for several years through experience and observation. Many local places do not require you to climb intense locations to get the honey. However, these places are usually never authentic and not placed in a natural setting either.

In conclusion, you must wear protective gear, be responsible for harvesting, and conduct proper research before going for honey hunting in Nepal.


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Itinerary of Nepal Honey Hunting


Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. After you finish your immigration formalities, our representative will meet you. You can get a SIM card if needed. We will then take you to your hotel, where you can settle in and freshen up after your long flight.

We will have a short meeting for a briefing about the Nepal honey hunting program. The evening is free at your leisure; you can enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the best restaurants. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Car 25 minute
Accommodation Hotel
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)

Day 02: Kathmandu drive to Bhujung and stay at homestay

After breakfast, you will drive for your Nepal honey-hunting tour. We will drive via Prithvi Highway, with incredible scenery.

We will drive via Trishuli and Marshyangdi River and countryside view. After a 7/8 hour drive, we will reach Bhujung Village.

Bhujung village is one of the many settlements predominantly inhabited by the Gurung community and falls under the Gurung cultural heritage belt in Lamjung. The town has tea gardens and water mills, Lamjung Peak appears up close, and the Namuna mountain pass is close to the village.

Car 8 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Bhujung Village (1696 M.)

Day 03: Trek to Honey hunting site and Enjoy the honey hunting. Overnight at Community home stay at Bhujung

Today, we will trek for two hours to honey-hunting sites from Bhujung. We are ready for hunting with honey hunters.

Today, you enjoy thrilling honey-hunting programs at the cliff. Honey hunter prays before they start. The basic method of honey hunting is the same across Nepal. A fire is lit under the bee trees or cliffs to smoke out the bees from their combs, and the combs are then cut down and collected. However, the socio-cultural and spiritual practices associated with honey hunting differ from community to community.

Return to the Bhujung village after you go to the honey hunting program, which is another 2-hour hike.

Accommodation Home stay
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration 4 hours up and down
Altitude Bhujung Village (1696 M.)

Day 04: Drive back to Kathmandu from Bhujung Village. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Today, after breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu for about 8 hours. Transfer to your hotel and spend your free time.

Multiple 8 drive
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Altitude Kathmandu (1,320m)

Day 05: Final Departure, Airport Drop

If it is your final day here, you can extend your trip with us. We will take you to the Airport. We wish you a happy journey in Nepal, traditionally and culturally, and hope to see you again.

Car 25 Minute
Meals Breakfast

Fixed Departure Dates

Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.

Honey Hunting tour cost cover details

What's Included?
  • Kathmandu Airport to Hotel and back to Airport transfers by private car.
  • Your hotel’s twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu includes breakfast.
  • Guesthouse/homestay accommodation during the honey-hunting tour
  • hiking guide, honey hunter expert, honey hunting crews,
  • daily meals during the tour ( breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • all needed royalties and permits for honey hunting
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information.
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts
  • Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Official paper works, Service charges, and all Government Taxes
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the tour will be provided by private Jeep.
What's Excluded?
  • Meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee: you can get it at Nepal Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport Tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water,
  • Personal expenses include laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages, bar bills, and camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Tour/Staff
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Include section.

Nepal Honey Hunting tour more information

Where is mad honey harvested in Nepal?

Mad honey is one of the most famous things you will find in Nepal. The honey is dangerous when consumed in higher doses, and some are likely unable to digest the slightest bit of the honey’s taste. The cliff honey is hunted by local honey hunters in Nepal.

Many have come to Nepal to taste and experience the trippy trip that mad honey leads to. The mad honey in Nepal is harvested in the Annapurna region. Hence, you get the experience of cultural and Himalayan exploration and that of a tradition that is one of the unique yet most lethal ones in the world.

However, you also need to keep in mind that mad honey is not only derived for psychedelic hallucinogen experiences but also medicinal benefits (that is when had in a decent amount and necessary situations). You will likely stay in a hotel in Bhujung, where many tourism activities are solely because of mad honey. Tourists don’t aim to come here only to view the natural beauty of Nepal but also to see what nature is capable of.

Honey hunters from Nepal

People collect wild honey from the feral bee colonies Apis Laboriosa. It lives within the isolated forest in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. The world’s largest honey bee, Apis Laboriosa (the giant Himalayan honey bee), maybe a wild bee. It makes its comb cliff overhangs on the Rockies.

Within the foothills of the Nepal Himalaya lives a brave tribe of Gurung people. They risk their lives climbing up cliffs to reap honey from one of the most dangerous honey bees in the world. The locals have been following this tradition for many years. It holds great religious and cultural importance to the people here.

A Nepali honey hunter hunts honey within the cliffs or rocks. Most of these hunters are farmers, cultivating rice, corn, and vegetables for their use. According to the local people, about 200 years ago, two tribes of Gurung and Ghale people left Tibet and settled in Lamjung’s honey-hunting site.

From then on, the locals started collecting wild honey from the cliffs and trading it. First, they prepared ropes made from braided strips of bamboo. Some hunters made ladders from those ropes, while others stayed to collect the honey. According to the honey hunters, the highest quality is in May and June.

The honeybees usually made their beehives on gigantic cliffs in the Jungle. They collect nectar from poisonous Jungle flowers, making natural organic honey. The hunters first pray and respect the spirits of the forest. They also perform a ceremony to appease the cliff gods. They preferably offer flowers, fruit, and rice and pray to the spirits for a secure hunt.

Honey hunting tools and equipment

Honeycombs are the nests that honeybees make. This is where honey hunters find the most authentic and purest honey. Due to the hardship one must endure to get the honey, original honey is always expensive in the market.

Honey-hunting tools and equipment are used to extract honey. They ensure that everything goes smoothly from the beginning of the extraction journey to the end.

These tools and equipment are made from traditional materials in the most conventional manner possible. If you are to go and discover the process of honey hunting, you will find that even the honey hunters from modern times do not use modern tools to do their work. Many of the tools and equipment are most possibly unheard of, even. The most common and mandatory tools and equipment for honey hunting include:

  • Bamboo fiber ropes
  • Prang (long bamboo ladder)
  • Tokari (bamboo basket)
  • Chhyakhal (basket lining)
  • Tango (long bamboo stick)
  • Saaton (bamboo stick)
  • Chcora (filter)
  • Donga (wooden wax pot)
  • Dabilo (wooden knife)

These traditional tools are likely to accentuate the taste and maintain the uniqueness of the end product.

Honey hunting techniques

Honey hunting is a thrilling experience, even for Nepal’s most experienced honey hunters. How honey can be extracted from Nepal’s most dangerous and unimaginably horrible places will surprise you. Since honey is found in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, there is a big chance of getting into a lethal accident during the honey-hunting procedure.

However, honey-hunting techniques include going to the location and extracting honey straight from the honeycomb. The techniques include:

  • Choosing the best possible season: Spring and fall are the most preferable honey-hunting months. This season makes it easier for honey hunters to extract a lot of honey. The honey can be stored for later months as well.
  • Traditional equipment: The honey hunters only use traditional equipment to hunt for honey. These traditional equipment include bamboo ladders, hemp ropes, and highly thick clothes that prevent the hunters from getting stung by the bees.
  • Smoke and fire: Honey hunters use smoke and fire to calm the bees and prevent as many accidents as possible.
  • Harvesting: For harvesting, the honey hunters don’t do much other than leave a little honey in the natural habitat for a later population increase.

Enjoy the traditional Nepal honey hunting.

A traditional group of people from a local village carry out Nepal honey hunting. The honey hunters are part of the Mogoals tribe and live in different parts of Nepal. This tradition has been passed down for generations, and the locals still follow it. Honey was the primary source of sweets in ancient times when there was no sugar.

Some indigenous Nepali communities, like Gurungs and Magars, are in this process. There are many mountain cliffs in Nepal where you can see wild honeybees. The Manaslu and Annapurna regions hills near the forest have few of them. Nepal honey hunters will mostly go to hunt in the Annapurna and Manaslu regions.

It makes hives on the vertical slopes of these cliffs, so it is a dangerous activity. We can see some cliff sites with local names of honey hunters who died during honey harvesting. Nepal honey hunting is an ancient tradition in the mountain areas of Nepal. In the past, people used to organize religious ceremonies before collecting honey.

They do this to protect themselves from the honeybee’s attack and any misshapen. The honey hunter from the local village celebrates honey hunting as a festival. They offer flowers, grains, and sheep to God before shooting. People organize the worship to respect the hard work of honeybees.

They honor their contribution to human survival. Everyone gets excited and curious to watch honey hunters working at the cliffs.

Taste the wild honey.

The well-experienced villagers hang from cliffs as tall as 300 m. They climb 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 still exists and has excellent medical purposes. It has medicinal value and is worth much money in the international market. Nepal honey hunting tours are still part of traditional livelihood. It is more interesting for tourists. They get to know the Nepali traditional knowledge and skills of honey hunting.

The trekking routes to and from the honey bee hives are exciting and breathtaking. Nepal honey hunting allows guests to see the beauty of the Nepali terrain and nature. At the same time, tourists can experience the culture. Thus, it adds more color to our delight.

The Nepal Honey hunting tour is the best adventure. It allows you to experience traditional wild honey harvesting and hunting methods. It is worth a visit.

Enjoy the Nepal honey hunting tour with the best view in the village of Annapurna region.

We can arrange a Nepal honey hunting tour in different parts of Nepal. On this honey-hunting trip, we take you to the Annapurna region, one of the best Gurung villages. Honey hunting is usually done in October and November in Autumn. It is also done in springtime from mid-April to May.

You will stay at the local homestay accommodation during the tour. We specially arranged the Nepal honey hunting tour in Lamjung District. It is near the famous Ghale Gaon village. It is a renowned cultural Village. You can ask us for any alternative honey hunting itinerary in different areas.

What to pack for Nepal honey hunting

Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal is an easy and short tour that allows you to pack your belongings in your daypack. Below is an idea of what to take.

  • Trekking boot
  • Flip flop/sandals
  • Sleeping bag -10 degree
  • Socks
  • Walking stick
  • Shorts
  • Trekking trousers
  • T-shirt
  • Wind stopper, warm Jacket
  • Hat (sun/cold)
  • Rucksack/backpack with cover Weatherproof pack cover
  • Head torch
  • Water bottles
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • 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’s honey-hunting tour is short and easy so anybody can do it. It is best for families with children and first-time trekkers with limited time. During the hike, we must walk at medium altitudes (800 m-2500 m). We need to have regular health conditions and average physical fitness.

There are also transport facilities on the alternate route. So, if you have any problems, you can drive back to Kathmandu.

When is the best time for Nepal honey hunting?

Mad Nepla Honey Hunting 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 two times a year.

The best time for a Nepal-made honey hunting tour is October/November and mid-April to May. The local people harvest honey during the summer (April to May). They also gather it during Autumn (October or November). Therefore, you can only go on the trip at a particular time.

Yet, hunting in autumn is often done in low-altitude belts of the Annapurna region and other areas. If you want to see the high-altitude honey hunting, it is a long day’s trip in the spring.

Most Asked Questions by Travellers

Mad Honey comes from the pollen of certain rhododendron varieties. It grows in the mountain range of Nepal. Compounds called grayanotoxins are within the plant’s flowers. These compounds hop a ride on the bees and make their way into the honey.

The Grayanotoxins have a euphoric, enlightening, psychoactive effect on the mind. And cause a cheerful madness, hence the name “Mad Honey. The bees that prey on rhododendron flowers produce the Himalayan Mad honey.

The honey provides psychoactive effects. Rhododendrons and other evergreen flowering plants that grow in temperate, mountainous contain chemicals called grayanotoxins.

The Mad Honey comes from the Annapurna region of Nepal. This region is also called “cliff honey” by the local honey hunters within the mountains of Nepal.

Mad Honey Nepal has various health benefits:

  • It is effective for joint problems and sore muscles.
  • Mad Honey improves cholesterol levels and helps prevent cancer and heart diseases.
  • Nutritional values from Mad Honey: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Vitamin C, calcium, amino acid, etc.
  • Antioxidants that prevent your body from cell damage.
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Boosts Libido and heals wounds.
  • Helps with digestive issues.
  • Soothes a sore throat.

Reviews on Nepal Honey Hunting


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Kiara Clarkson
Mad Honey
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Mad honey is a particular version of honey. Bees extract it from the rhododendron flower. Rhododendron flower has Grayanotoxin. So, mad honey has hallucinogenic properties. You can get Himalayan Red Honey or Mad Honey in the Himalayan Region of Nepal.

You can find Himalayan Red Honey in the Besisahar in the Lamjung District of Nepal. There, you can get Mad Honey in its purest and raw form. However, you can find processed and packed versions of the same honey in various shops in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Thank you for the great tour and tasty Mad honey
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I did the honey hunting tour in May and had a chance to get back to my home. This mad honey taste is excellent. Every day, I eat 1 to 2 spoons, and it gives me great energy and makes me active. Thank you for the great tour and lovely Raw honey. I highly recommend it.


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Honey hunting is a fascinating experience to behold. The marvel of nature at its best.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Honey Hunting Trip
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It was an incredible experience; we wanted to see the honey hunters for a long and find a dream that came true. We made this trip with great help from the Above the Himalaya trekking team. Mr. Puru is so prompt in giving small details.

The local guide, Khem, was so helpful and took care of every small thing for us and gifted us wild be honey. We had the best new experience in life.

Thank you for organizing such a great trip.


Nellie F
Amazing Tour Of Nepal
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I was traveling with two friends. We did a honey-hunting tour in Nepal (Bhugung Taku bhir Lamjung). It was a wonderful experience, especially with the help of our guide and porters. The trail was quite slippery. Puru, the Owner, provided us with the best guides and porters. They were familiar with us and cared for every small thing.

We have traveled by jeep between Lamjung Khudi. The Above the Himalaya team had our best interests in mind during the entire trek and tour. They kept us informed of every detail. They were flexible to our requests. They ensured that all guest houses took care of us.

They taught us about Nepali culture and language. Consider booking with Above the Himalayas!

Thank you, Above the Himalaya and team, for making our trip memorable.

Nellie F

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