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5 - 8 Days
Availability : Oct - November
Kathmandu
Introduction

Honey hunting is a traditional practice in remote parts of Nepal and it is also very adventurous. Honey hunters are people who are very good in sliding down the rocks, with or without rope. The honey hunting tradition is one that is being passed on from generation to generation. 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 strapped up to a ladder by ropes. This while his mates secure the rope and ladder from the top and than help sending tools up down as required. The honey hunter fights territorial bees as he cuts out chunks of honey from the comb. Traditional methods of harvesting the honey on steep cliffs have remained unchanged practice for generations but this over harvesting has resulted in the bees’ decline. The Himalayan Honey bees project for the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu has been actively involved in the sustainable management of honey hunting and work with the local communities to ensure the survival of the species. Tourism in this area helps communities protect the flora and fauna, and so gives the bees and local hunters a chance to co-exist and continue. Life and Journey realizes the responsibility to preserve the bees is committed to donate a percentage of profits from these trips to local communities who are actively involved and promoting ICIMOD ideas.

Apart from the opportunities to view the honey hunting art lively, you will also be able to enjoy the outstanding views of mountain peaks like Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Buddha Himal and Annapurna II.

BEST SEASON(S)

Oct – November

Note: You have to be flexible, as there are certain set dates that the ritual/honey hunting will be performed.

Duration

5 – 8 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Price Includes

  • Guide for 5 days
  • Local transfers from Kathmandu-Khudi
  • Accommodation in teahouses while being on trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided while being on trek
  • Staff insurance

Price Excludes

  • International flight ticket
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • Personal travel insurance (this should always include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara except the farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal gear for trekking Note: Any trekking gear can be hired or bought relatively cheap in Kathmandu
  • Snacks, soft and alcoholic drinks and souvenirs etc Note: Carry some extra cash for these if you wish
Itinerary One

Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi

Duration: 6 hours

Day 2Trek to Honey Hunting site

Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 3Experience honey hunting

Day 5Drive back to Kathmandu

Itinerary Two

Day 1Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi

Duration: 6 hours

Day 2Trek from Khudi To Ghalegaun

Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 3Observe Honey Hunting in Ghanpokhari & Ghalegaun

Day 4Trek from Ghalegaun to Pasgaun for 6-7 hrs. This will be a long day trip.

Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 5Trek from Pasagaun to Pakharikot Or Nanngdidhar

Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 6Trek to Thumsikot, and then drive to Pokhara

Day 7Optional sightseeing in and around Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

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