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Wild Honey Hunting in Nepal

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$ 1090


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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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Wild Honey Hunting in Nepal

Honey hunting in Nepal is an old tradition that has been kept alive till now by the Gurung and Magar community in the remote villages of Bhujung Pagan, Naya Gain, Ludhi, and Dare. Honey hunting has been adapted by the locals as the profession for hundreds of years. Honey hunting is yet followed by those communities of people risking their lives while hunting for the wild honey without proper equipment.

Honey hunting is done two times in a year when honey hunters come together. These wild honey hunters in Nepal hang in a single rope without any safety harness or any other safety measures. One must be proficient in rock climbing to extract the wild honey from hives in the cliff as high as 3000 meters using bamboo ladders prepared to be stung by wild bees.

While a tradition, honey hunting in Nepal is also done for the medicinal values of honey. Honey consumption helps to improve your immunity power and supports metabolism. Consumption of honey also helps to maintain your body temperature which is noteworthy if you are Himalayan native. No big surprise these locals risk their lives for this delicious fluid. Additionally, this organic honey is widely famous and earns them their living.

Honey hunting trip in Nepal is wonderful off the beaten trek to get acquainted with the culture, ancient profession and the spectacular views of Annapurna. Furthermore, you will get to taste the organic honey, some of them also call it mad honey.

Honey hunting in Nepal can only be done on certain months that include March/April or September/October/November. So, if you are excited and brave enough to witness honey hunting you can book your date.

Trip Code

WHHIN53

Starts

Beshisahar

Finishes

Thumsikot

Duration

9 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Group-Size

2 - 7

Age

Minimum 18

Seasons

Mar-May,Oct-Nov

Elevation

2016 m/ 6614.2ft

Trip View

2612

Activities

Trekking

Travel Style

Comfortable

Trip popularity

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, Pasagaun, Naya Gaun, Ludhi and Dare
  • Mostly 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. If 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, then this trip is just the right program for your 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 not to forget their hospitality. So give a chance to these local people to serve your queries and fascination and leave you in awe for their beautiful culture and hospitality.

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

Brief Itinerary

Our representative will be waiting to welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport. We will take you to the hotel for refreshment. In the evening we meet for a traditional dinner with a cultural performance of Newari people. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu;

Meal:

  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Airport pick up
  • Cultural dinner show
Kathmandu Valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. It has a significant part in the history of Nepal. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout history. We’ll observe some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu throughout a day. Overnight stay at the hotel;

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • City tour
After breakfast in Kathmandu, we drive towards the town of Besisahar which takes around 5 hours to reach. Upon reaching, we have lunch and head towards our day’s destination: Ghalegaun. A 4-hour trek from Beshisahar leads us towards Ghalegaun, a Gurung Village and a popular homestay destination of Nepal. In the evening, we observe the cultural program of Gurung people. Overnight in Ghalegaun;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Homestay

Activities:

  • Drive to Besisahar
  • Gurung cultural show
After breakfast, we leave the beautiful village of Ghalegaun and a good walk of 3 hours takes us to Bhujung. Bhujung is our destination for the day where we can observe honey hunting and meet the local hunters. Luckily, we get to taste the Himalayan honey for sure. Overnight in Bhujung;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

  • Trekking
On this day, we trek towards the beautiful village of Pasagaun, which is another destination to see the thrilling Honey Hunting. 3 hours walk from the Bhujung village; we reach Pasagaun. If we are there on the season, we can observe the amazing traditional Himalayan honey hunting. Honey hunters always pray before they start their process of climbing and collecting honey. Overnight in Pasagaun;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

  • Trekking
After breakfast, we leave Pasagaun and head towards Nanngdidhar. 6 hours trek through the beautiful jungles, beautiful waterfalls and enjoying beautiful chirpings of the birds we descend to Nanngdidhar. Overnight in the village;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Camping

Activities:

  • Trekking
We start our trek early in the morning so that we can reach Pokhara by evening. Descending from Nangdidhar, we reach the small town of Bagaicha. Then from there, we drive to Pokhara. It takes around 3 hours to reach. In the evening, if time allows, we go for a walk on the lakeside of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Drive to Pokhara
Early in the morning, we go for the sightseeing of Sarankot where we can view the glorious sunrise along with the view of Mt. Machhapuchre “Fishtail” and Annapurna range. Bidding farewell to the beautiful city Pokhara, we return to Kathmandu. Approx. 6 hours’ drive from Pokhara we arrive and spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu;

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Pokhara sightseeing
  • Private transportation to Kathmandu
Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport 3hrs before the departure time.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

Activities:

  • Airport drop off

FAQS

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.
Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best season for Honey Hunting in Nepal.
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.
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.
We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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