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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.

Trekking  boot

flip flop/sandals

sleeping bag -10 degree
walking stick
trekking trousers
Wind stopper, warm Jacket
Hat (sun/cold)
Rucksack/backpack with cover Weatherproof pack cover
Head torch
Water bottles
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


Detailed Itinerary of Nepal Honey Hunting

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you thereafter you finish your immigration formalities, you can get a sim card if you need it and we will take you to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight. We will have a short meeting for a briefing about your program. The evening is free at your leisure, you can enjoy a delicious dinner in one of the best restaurants. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

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 for about more 3hrs, you will reach Khudi village. The villagers heartily welcome you. In the evening, have a slide show program about bee hunting.

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. We can see the natural sceneries with spectacular mountain views.

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.

Today you’ll retrace your path back to Khudi. On the way, the stream invites you to swim at a natural swimming pool. We can also have a short pleasant walk to 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.

You can extend your trip also with us or if it is your final day here. We will take you to the Airport. We will wish you a happy journey traditionally and culturally of Nepal and hope to see you again.

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Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu Airport to Hotel and back to Airport transfers by private car.
  • Your hotel 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
  • Offical paper works, Service charge, and all Government Taxes
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the tour by private vehicle.

Cost Excludes

  • 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 such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for tour/ staffs
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
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      Frequently Asked Questions

      What is mad honey ?

      Mad Honey comes from the pollen of certain rhododendron varieties and can find in the mountain range of Nepal. Compounds called grayanotoxins are found within the flowers of the plant and 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 make a cheerful madness, hence the name “Mad Honey.

      Himalayan Mad honey is formed by bees that prey on rhododendron flowers, which provides it its psychoactive effects. Rhododendrons and other evergreen flowering plants that grow in temperate, mountainous contain chemicals called grayanotoxins.

      From where mad honey comes from?

      The Mad Honey comes from the Annapurna regions of Nepal. this is also referred to as “cliff honey” by the local honey hunters within the mountains of Nepal.

      What is the benefit of Mad honey?

      Mad Honey Nepal has various health benefits. It is effective for joint problems, sore muscles.

      Mad Honey Improves cholesterol levels, helps to prevent cancer and heart diseases.

      Nutritional values we get from Mad honey: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Vitamin C, calcium, amino acid, etc.

      Antioxidants that prevents your body from cell damage.

      Antibacterial and antifungal properties

      Boosts Libido and Heals wounds.

      Helps with digestive issues.

      Soothes a sore throat.

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