Nepal Honey hunting is one of the unique adventure tours that include the fantastic and surprising scene of Nepal with it. Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in honeybees and is a better place for 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 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.
During our tour, we will see the traditional way of honey hunting with the help of local people. The honey hunters from the different rural areas of Nepal are mostly the tribe of Mongols in Nepal. They are following 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. Getting the wild honey that lives on a steep slope is an age-old tradition. 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 the 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. As it is a risk game so the hunters give the name of the cliffs. They named it by the names of honey hunters who died during honey harvesting.
Nepal 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 the 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.
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 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
We can arrange a 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 at 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 in different areas.
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
Nepal 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.
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 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.
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
It is easy to get a Nepal visa for travelers, First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency for 15 days for single/multiple entries. If you get a visa for 30 days It is USD 50 or equivalent convertible currency. USD 125 or equivalent convertible currency for 90 days for single/multiple entries.
Currency & Money exchange
While you are doing the Nepal Honey hunting tour for your extra expenses you need Nepali rupees,. Nepal banks notes comes in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rupees 1, 2, 5, and also 10 denominations. We suggest you exchange only with banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transactions are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too but the rate is lower there. You can better exchange money changers and in the Bank in the city. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in hotels, trekking agencies or travel agencies, and air tickets.
Nepal has an electrical voltage of 220-240 volts. It supplies current at 50Mhz. Most of the electric plugs in Nepal are two or three prongs that are in a round shape. During the Himalaya tour in Nepal, you can use 3 types of plugs. Types C, D, and M, Plug type C are with the two round pins, plug type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern and plug type M has three round pins.
Type C: It is also known as the standard “Euro” plug.
Type D: Tis socket works in some African and Asian countries with Nepal.
Type M: It also looks like plug D, but with larger pins. This socket only works with plug M.
While you are on the tour you may not able to charge your phone so better you can get the power bank. Hope this will be helpful information for your Nepal honey hunting tour.
After completing your Honey hunting in Nepal and if you have more time you can do different activities in Nepal. Nepal is famous for its world’s best trekking trail from day hiking to 2 weeks trek. you can choose any of our trekking packages. If you need extra night hotel services after finish your tour we can arrange it at a reasonable cost. you can do the extra tour in Kathmandu city also or join an an-hour scenic flight over Mount Everest. Furthermore, we are also offering Tibet and Bhutan tours.
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
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.
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 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.
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. We can see the natural sceneries with spectacular mountain views.
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. 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.
Day 06: - Final Departure, Airport Drop
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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