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Honey Hunting Tour – 4 Days

Trip Facts

Duration

Duration 4 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Easy

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges/Hotels

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Overland

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhist

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung, Tamang

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, Village

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Annapurna Region, Manang

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 2650m

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 Marshyangdi 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.

Honey Proceeding 

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.

Overview 

The Honey Hunting tour begins in Kathmandu, where you prepare for the trip. Then, a long drive takes you to Besisahar. Next, you follow the road trip across off-road tracks to reach Bulbule. Further, the drive continues north to settle Chamje. Spending two days there with honey hunting activities then drive back to Kathmandu.

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!!

Honey Hunting Video shooted by Nepal Alternative TreksClick here ! 

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Highlights

  • Experience and excitement of honey hunting proceeding by local hunter and team at Chamje Clif .
  • Enjoy the beginning part of Annapurna trekking trail through Budi Gandaki River and remote gurung villages.
  • Adventurous drive to Chamje.
  • Test local honey .
  • Catch the majestic panoramic view of Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu (8169m.), Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Gangapurna.

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Besishahar

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

160km Drive
(Avg 5hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in Besisahar

Altitude

820m/2706ft

Today, you’ll embark on a scenic 5-hours road journey towards Besisahar in Lamjung District by bus. Begin the drive along the beautiful Trishuli River and take a detour north alongside the Marshyangdi River. A 5-6 hour long drive will bring you Besisahar Town. Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 2

Drive towards Chamje - Honey hunting preparation day

After breakfast, the scenic trail goes upstream along the Marshyangdi River towards Chamje village. Meet with honey hunter and Local team then experiment the preparation hunting equipments and tools as a ladder, kinfe, basket, face cover, bamboo ropes etc . They fix the hunting site for next day.

Day 3

Honey Hunting day

Whole day enjoy honey hunting with local people team. You can capter pictures, videos, interviews with local people and hunter . You can also test the honey only after asking to local people, sometimes wild honey can drunk seriously.

Day 4

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

180km Drive
(Avg 8hrs)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu

Altitude

1295m./4273ft.

Your incredible journey ends with a 8-hour drive from Chamje to Kathmandu. The initial part will be taking local jeep to Besisahar and then taking the bus to Kathmandu. You’ll drive on a familiar road alongside the Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers, enjoying the view of villages, small towns, rivers, and beautiful landscapes.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport + Hotel + Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • Overland transportation as per itinerary.
  • All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) along the tour.
  • All lodge ( Twin share basis ) accommodation during the tour.
  • One professional English speaking guide and his all expenses as meals, salary, accommodation, transportation and insurance etc.
  • All honey hunting local crues expenses in Chamje village.
  • ACAP ( Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and necessary documents.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trip.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips

Route Map

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

Oct 2022 We booked the Honey Hunting trip for 4 days. Tej helped to have all the permits ready on time, met us before the trip, everything was very smooth. The food was great, basic guest houses but all of them had clean rooms. The guide was nice and he took very good care of us. An unforgettable eperience!

5.0

Jenny AlexG

Calgary, Canada
"Having my vacation in Nepal was such a great experience. Thank you to this company. They treat us as their own family, they provide us also a great tourist guides and everything in here is amazing...definitely, I will come back for more..."

5.0

Jocybelle

Australia

ESSENTIAL INFO

Required Permits

ACAP ( Annapurna Conservation Areap Project) : NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Meals and Accommodation

We don’t provide any hotel and accommodation facilities. Make sure you take care of that by yourself. But, during the tour, we provide meals 3 times a day. And, you also provide a proper resting place at the nearby lodges.

Best time to visit

Spring and Autumn seasons are highly recommended to visit this place as it provides a favorable climate for the visit. Similarly, if you visit this place during this time you will be able to trek on a clear day and enjoy the scenery.

Difficulty of Trip

This tour is a difficult trip. You have to be both physically fit and experienced as well. In addition, the landscape of the place is also very dangerous. In addition, if you don’t come fully prepared for this trek then your difficulty will add up.

Transportation

The transportation is done by driving a vehicle on the first and the last day. So, between the trek, we only travel on foot. Similarly, we also provide a deluxe bus service for the tour from Kathmandu.

Tour availability

The tour is mostly available in the spring and autumn season. These seasons are considered to be the best seasons for the tour. Although it is available mostly throughout the year. Similarly, you can travel here with friends and family.

Tour Duration

The tour duration is for 4 days only. Therefore, enjoy as much as possible during the tour. During this time, you will have a lifetime experience. So, enjoy yourself as much as possible. Similarly, while on this trek you will get to experience the vast biodiversity of the place.

Frequently
Asked Questions

Terms and Conditions

1. Cancellation Policy

There is no cancellation or withdrawal policy for the trip by the client after the trip has started. During the trip, any unused services provided by the company, like accommodation, food, permits, etc., won’t be refunded.

If you cancel the trip at any time before the departure date, 90% of the total cost is reusable for a year or refunded. Visit this page for more details on the cancellation policy.

2. Risk of unforeseen circumstances

Nepal Alternative Treks is directed towards the fulfillment of your every desire. In this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, Nepal Alternative Treks will not take any responsibility regarding any change & alternations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, flight cancellation, delayed arrival, sickness, or accidents. The clients shall bear any extra cost incurred there on the spots.

3. Clients' Responsible

A trekking guide representing Nepal’s alternative treks deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit an unlawful act, you must leave the tour, and no refund will be issued.

4. Impact on your journey

We put our every effort into ensuring you are comfortable traveling. Still, it is a must understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impacts your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm, and proper preparation before heading is a must to venture into a journey trip.

5. Travel Insurance

You must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident, trip cancellation, etc. This is strongly suggested to all our esteemed clients.

6. Your personal belongings

On any account, we’re not answerable for any loss or damage of your luggage or property belonging to you even when shouldered by guide cum porter or transferred by transport means. That means your personal possessions and luggage are at your risk at the time.

7. Porter weight limit

Porter will carry 10 kg each and 20 kilograms in total. A bit more or less can be adjusted per both parties’ mutual understanding.

We value
Service Excellence

We have the best team and array of services to provide a lifetime experience to all our travelers. Right from the airport pickup to a customized tour, we do the utmost to make sure you experience a hassle-free trip. Likewise, all our trips meet the safety protocols along with the highest health and hygiene standards.

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