Nepal Honey Hunting
Trip Highlights of Nepal Honey Hunting
- 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. It includes Nepal’s fantastic and surprising scenes. 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 honey bees make the 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 honey harvesting knowledge 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. Thousand of tourists visit Nepal to enjoy the mad Nepal honey hunting tour.
The world’s giant honey bees are in the Himalayan rock. They 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). Everest Organic Home brings proven medicinal honey to the world.
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.
Itinerary of Nepal Honey Hunting
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you after you finish your immigration formalities. You can get a SIM card if needed. We will 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.
Day 02: Kathmandu drive to Khudi overnight at guest house.
After breakfast, you will drive for your Nepal honey hunting tour. After a 4-hour drive from Kathmandu, you will arrive at Vimal Nagar. Here, you can visit Siddha cave (the biggest cave in Asia).
Then, after driving for about three hours, 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 place is the point from where you start trekking for the honey-hunting village site. Today, you travel to the Nepal Honey Hunting site for six to seven hours. We can see the natural scenery 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. Return to the base camp village after you want the honey hunting program.
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 pleasant walk to the Marshyangdi River and Khudi stream. Drive back to Kathmandu with a journey of about 7 hours. Transfer to your hotel and spend your free time.
Day 06: Final Departure, Airport Drop
You can extend your trip with us if it is your final day here. We will take you to the Airport. We wish you a happy journey in Nepal, traditionally and culturally, and hope to see you again.
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.
- 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
- Official paper works, Service charges, and all Government Taxes
- Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the tour by private vehicle.
- 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.
Essential Information - Nepal Honey Hunting
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), may be 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 honey hunter of Nepal Honey hunts the honey within the cliffs or the 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. They then settled in the Lamjung’s honey hunting site.
From then, the locals started collecting wild honey from the cliffs and trading it. First, they prepared the ropes made from braided strips of bamboo. Some hunters made the ladder of those ropes, and others stayed down 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.
Enjoy the traditional Nepal honey hunting.
A traditional group of people from a local village carry out Nepal honey hunting. The honey hunters are the Mogoals tribe, and they are in different parts of Nepal. A tradition passed down for generations, the locals are still following this tradition. 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 the survival of human beings. 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 gives you the best adventure. It allows you to experience the 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 so that 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’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. We must walk at medium altitudes (800 m-2500 m) during the hike. We need to have regular health conditions and average physical fitness.
There are also transport facilities in the alternate way. So if you have any problem, 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
Based on 300+ Reviews
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
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.
Honey hunting is a fascinating experience to behold. The marvel of nature at its best.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Honey Hunting Trip
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.
Amazing Tour Of Nepal
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.
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