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Honey Hunting

Adventure Trips
08 DAYS

Honey hunting is one of the many activities that form part of the ancient culture of numerous civilizations. Scientists have estimated through rock painting documentation that honey hunting was practiced as far back as 13 000 BC. In Nepal, honey hunting has been practiced for thousands of years and is a vital part of the Nepali culture. Some villagers in Nepal depend on honey hunting for their livelihood, and the country is home to the Apis laboriosa, which is the biggest honeybee on the planet. These bees construct their hives on the cliffs of the country’s foothills, and watching the honey hunters at work is a sight to be seen. Due to the location of the bee hives, honey hunters make use of rope ladders and baskets to get to the combs after the bees have been flushed out with smoke by lighting a fire underneath the hives.

Honey harvesting usually takes place twice a year, when honey hunters get together and head into the Himalayas to take on this massive task. To harvest one colony takes the honey hunters two to three hours depending on the location of the hive and its size. The harvest ritual, which varies slightly from community to community, begins with a prayer and sacrifice of flowers, fruits, and rice. Then a fire is lit at the base of the cliff to smoke the bees from their honeycombs. From above, a honey hunter descends the cliff harnessed to a ladder by ropes. As his mates secure the rope and ladder from the top and ferry tools up down as required, the honey hunter fights territorial bees as he cuts out chunks of honey from the comb.

There are a number of tour operators that offer visitors honey hunting tours, taking them to various locations to witness the entire harvesting procedure. The trekking routes to and from the honey bee hives are breathtaking, allowing visitors to take in the beauty and magnificence of the Nepali landscape and wildlife. The most popular honey hunting destinations are located in Bhujung, Nai Chi, Pasgaon, Naya Gaun, Ludhi and Dare. Tourists will be amazed at the speed and courage of the honey hunters, who hang from the cliffs to earn a living, and marvel at the ancient techniques that are still in use today.

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Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Khudi overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Khudi to Base camp village

Day 05: Enjoy the honey hunting

Day 06: Trek back to Khudi

Day 07: Khudi to Kathmandu

Day 08: Final Departure

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets.

Day 03: 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 about more 3hrs you will reach Khudi village. You'll be heartily welcomed by the villagers. At evening have a slide show program about the bee hunting.

Day 04: Khudi to Base camp village
This is the point from where you start trek for Honey hunting village site. Today you trek for six to seven hours for Honey Hunting site. On the way, you view many natural scenes n the way.

Day 05: Enjoy the honey hunting
Today you enjoy thrilling honey hunting program at cliff. Honey hunter pray before they start. After you enjoy the honey hunting program, return back to base camp village.

Day 06: Trek back to Khudi
Today you'll retrace your path back to Khudi. On the way, the stream invites you to swim at natural swimming pool. You go evening walk at Bank of the Marshyangdi River and Khudi stream.

Day 07: Khudi to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu with a journey of about 7 hrs drive. Transfer to your hotel and spend your leisurely time.

Day 08: Final Departure
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again.

  • All land transfers as per itinerary.
  • All meals whilst trekking
  • All National/ Conservation Park entrance fees
  • Applicable Charges to the locals (honey hunters)
  • Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear and group equipment
  • Duffle Bag for your gear
  • Sleeping tent, mattress, sleeping bag,
  • Full trek staff including guides and as per requirements.
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Personal equipment
  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation (Should cover your insurance)
  • Tips and gratuities (crew will expect the tipping)
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of AATE.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
  • All the expenses in except on trek/ tour

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