Honey Hunting in Nepal

Honey Hunting is an ancient tradition that has been kept alive by the Gurung and Magar people in the remote villages of Bhujung and Pasgaon, NayaGaun, Ludhi, and Dare. This century-old profession is still practiced by the locals risking their lives with hills and bees without proper equipment. These honey hunters are adept in rock climbing and extracting honey from the hives hanging in a single rope without any safety harness or any other safety measures. This organic honey is widely famous and earns them living. Watching them doing their job is quite a thrilling experience in itself and if you’re lucky enough you can witness the marvel of their courage and skill in honey hunting. Not only skilled but one should be brave enough to hang in hemp rope in the cliffs as high as 300 meters, use bamboo ladders and be ready to be stung by wild bees for they do not use any safety garments while doing so.

Watching the Honey hunting while trekking in the foothills of Annapurna adds spark to its magnificence. This trip is wonderful off the beaten trek that gets you acquainted with the ancient profession of people of remote villages, their culture and spectacular views of Annapurna.
Trip Code: HHIN53
Starts: Beshisahar
Finishes: Thumsikot
Duration: 9 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May,Oct-Nov
Elevation: 2016m/ 6614.2ft
Trip Views: 522
Activities: Trekking
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 8
Lunch: 5
Dinner: 5
Car
Jeep
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 3 Night(s)
Home Stay: 1 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Nepal is rich in Honeybee diversity: There are 5 types of bee species in Nepal
  • Popular destinations for honey hunting are Bhujung, Nai Chi, Pasgaon, NayaGaun, Ludhi and Dare
  • Gurung and Magar tribesmen hunt for honey
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • This is an all camping trek

Why this Trip

  • You have seen them on TV, magazines, and internet and wondered how the honey hunters do their job in real life. You wish to be a part of the hunting group to witness these brave people risking their lives to steal honey from wild bees, and you love trekking. If you are all of these, then this trip is just the right program for next visit, you will trek in the lap of Annapurna and see the hunters do their job effortlessly leaving you amazed with their skills, bravery and also hospitality. <br> So give a chance to these local people to serve your queries and fascination and leave you in awe of their beautiful culture and hospitality.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

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FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 6. For what purpose this trek is Popular ?
    This trek is popular for those people who want adventure in their life as also you can enjoy the Gurung village with splendid views of mountains and joyful short trek.
  • 7. Is Honey Hunting trip is safe for women ?
    Normally, Honey Hunting is done by man as you need more strength and energy to do this. But taking part in Honey hunting trip and watching the hunters work is equally rewarding view and about everyone enjoys it.
  • 8. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 9. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Honey Hunting reason is one of the popular trekking regions for cultural, lifestyle and tradition of Gurung people hence this region provides wide range of traditional meals. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 10. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 11. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private transportation for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Besisahar on car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We do pick up and drop from the starting and ending point of trek.
  • 12. What is the best season for trekking ?
    Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best season for Honey Hunting in Nepal.
  • 13. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    In case of emergency like any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us so that we can transfer you to hospital for the treatment.
  • 14. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    You need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    In same village, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse/lodge/tea house/home stay owner after paying the price directly.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-8 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hours of walk depends on client’s speed. So it is really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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Mountain Flight

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