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 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.
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 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!!
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