Honey hunting tour in Nepal

History of  honey hunting

Honey Hunting Tour is one of the very adventurous Tours that includes the amazing and surprising scene of Nepal with it. This ancestral job of honey hunting still continues in many remote villages of Nepal while offering high tourism potential. The traditional way of honey hunting is taken as adventure tour in the world. The honey hunters are a tribe of Mongol in Nepal who follow the tradition of honey hunting, a tradition passed down since generations. The honey is taken as the main source of sweets in ancient time when there was no sugar produced. Extracting honey from rock bees that live in steep slope is an age-old tradition of some of the indigenous Nepali communities like Gurungs, Magars and Tamang. Among many mountain cliffs in Nepal, the Budi Gandaki valley and the Cliffs in 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 and most of the cliffs are named and remembered by the names of honey hunters who died during honey harvesting.

Proceeding honey hunting

Honey hunting can be taken as a very old tradition in the mountain areas of Nepal. In the past, people used to organize religious ceremony before collecting honey to protect themselves from the attack of honeybees and any misshapen. The locals celebrate the honey hunting as a festival by offering flowers, grains, and sheep to the God before hunting. The worship was organized also to respect the hard work of honeybees and their contribution to the survival of human beings.

Honey Hunting, the collection of Honey from the nests of wild Bees built on steep cliffs, is an age-old tradition. Local honey hunters show their exceptional skills by hanging themselves from cliffs as high as 300 meters using Bamboo ladders and hemp ropes, while harvesting the honeycombs. Everyone is thrilled to watch honey hunters at work.

Species of honeybee

There are at least five different species of Honeybee in Nepal. The wild honeybees make the beehives hanging on the rock. This tour can be a challenging tour for those with knowledge of rock climbing and are brave enough to take the risk. With honey hunting, there is the chance of viewing and experiencing the traditional honey harvest of Gurung people. Nepal honey hunting is a tradition twice (spring and autumn) a year to collect the wild honey from the hive hanging on a rock hill.

We offer !

We organize this kind of honey hunting tour with part of Trekking around Chamje in Annapurna area. We have well experienced Honey Hunters with us to do the Job, you will enjoy the trip ! Don't forget your camera!!

FACT OF THIS TRIP

Trip Duration     

4 days trip

Max. Altitude:

2650 Meter

Minimum Altitude:

 650 Meter

Grade:

Easy

Activities:

Honey hunting  

Accommodation:

Lodge

Meals:

Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee

Transportation:

Overland 

Trek Departure:

Everyday 

Group Size:

2 persons (minimum) to 14 persons (maximum)

Best season:

March, April, May, Sep,Oct & Nov.

Available Time:

All Months

Per day driving:

5 to 6 hours

Honey Hunting 

Suggested itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu - Besishahar - Chamje ( 2650m./8745ft.) 7 hours drive

Drive to Besisahar by overland and continue drive Jeep to Chamje. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Inclusive : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 2: Honey Hunting preparation day

Local team prepare tools and select the site and fix  honey hunter for next day.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Honey Hunting day

Whole day enjoy honey hunting with local people. You can capter pictures, videos, interviews with local people and hunter and test the honey. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Chamje - Besisahar - Kathmandu ( 1400m./4620ft.) 7 hours drive

Drive to Besisahar by local jeep then drive to Kathmandu by overland . Transfer to your hotel. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch

Trip ends 

Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)

The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)  permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC Rs. 2260 ( Two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) per person to Mardi himal Trekking. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy, one passport size photograph and fee in Rs. 2260 ( two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period.

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)

The main aim of TIMS has come into implementation from Jan.2008.  Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal tour tourism board (NTB) has jointly recording the trekker's detail and issuing TIMS for trekkers.

TIMS can be applied through Government registered trekking agency as Nepal alternative treks. TIMS fees are $ 20 for individual trekkers and $ 10 for organized trekker. It also can be obtained departments of TAAN and NTB in Kathmandu and Pokhara . You are required passport copy, one passport size photograph and the amount $ 20 for individual and $ 10 for company joined in cash.

Tour Clothing equipment

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 

- Light weight pants, shorts

- At night -track top, pants 

-  T-shirts. 

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 

- Sunglasses and strap 

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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Accommodation

We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu as there will various choices to select yourself. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trip. We will arrange shared washing room and toilet.

Meals

During our tour, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) at lodges during the tour. There will be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner three times with tea/coffee choosing from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This tour is just driving except a short walk in honey hunting day. As we will  get the highest elevation 2650 meter, you are preferred average physical fitness we can accomplish the tour successfully. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the tour.

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NEWS

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TESTIMONIAL

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22years

Thank you Tej and Nauser For ever ...

10th.September.2014 

We did the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley. ...

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