Honey Hunting Tour in Nepal

5/5

$1800
Per Person

Overview

Be a part of the age-old traditional practice of honey hunting unfolding before your eyes. The intricate details involved in this hunting culture will leave you awestruck. The indigenous tribes of Nepal engage in honey hunting to keep the legacy of their ancestors alive. The exhilarating journey of extracting honey from steep perilous cliffs of the mid-Gandaki Valley in itself is out of this world.

You will have your heart in your hands as you witness the traditional approach of the people of Gurung clan, towards the whole hunting process. The use of locally available resources (bamboo ladders, hemp ropes, etc) that provide a bare minimum protection to the honey hunters is what makes every hunting session dangerous. 

This effort behind its extraction is what makes the honey so special. Apart from that, the honey in these mountainous cliffs has many medicinal benefits. Made from the nectars of the wild rhododendrons, it is believed to have psychedelic effects upon consumption.

Let the freshness of the Lamjung district ( Gandaki valley) and its people add new vigour to your holiday. Capture the raw lively view nature provides as you embark in this journey. Experience the adrenaline rushing through you as you witness the adventures of the honey hunters of Nepal.

Trip Highlights: 

  1. Explore the culturally rich capital of Nepal enjoying the marvellously preserved history in the monuments of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur listed by UNESCO as the world heritage sites.  
  2. Get introduced to the livelihoods of the Gurungs of Ghalegaun and Bhujung and witness their traditional practices.
  3. Enjoy the freshness of the chilly breeze encircling the foothills of the Annapurna mountain range.
  4. Get acquainted with the interesting villages that you pass by on the journey.
  5. Engage with the honey hunters in their exciting adventure of harvesting wild honey (mad honey).
  6. Rejoice with the Gurungs, tasting the deliciousness of the harvest and lose yourself in the goodness of mad honey. 


Best Comment from Our Clients!!

By surfing on the Internet, the Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks  is the only agent that I found who can organize this kind of honey-hunting trip, that's why we contacted them, and we found them doing a great job of guiding us through the magnificent villages and wonderful views before reaching the hunting site. Even though we camp all the way, but their team of porters takes good care of everything from the camp setting and nice cooking. We enjoyed a great deal. This honey-hunting tour allows us to witness the wonderful and mythical practice of Gurung people's still thriving hunting skill that is almost finished in other parts of the world. And the honey hunters village 'Bhujung' is the one of the most beautiful village I ever seen, not to mention the hospitality of the local people. Can only say that I left my heart in Bhujung.

Jason LIU. (17th May 2006)
Taiwan, Mobil: +886 953 414 812
Jasonycl@hotmail.com
And
J.F.Biellmann
Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica
Taipei 115, Taiwan, Tel 02 2789 8526
Mob 0927298484, jfb@chem.sinica.edu.t

Included/Exclude

  • All government and local taxes.
  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • 3 meals a day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide and supporting staff.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 day
  • Insurance, which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Hot shower during the trip.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Trip Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel to freshen up and relax. There, we will brief you about the tour. The afternoon is yours to vibe in with the city and rest. In the evening, we take part in a typical Nepali dinner with folk dance performances.
Includes: Hotel Accommodation| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner| Private vehicle

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Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour of Swayambhu/Kathmandu Durbar/Patan

After Breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour across the cities that hold historical and cultural significance for Nepal.
Patan City: Patan Durbar Square has been recognized as one of the finest urban streets in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries. It is known as the hub of fine arts and the superb artistry of its craftsmen. Practically a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions make Patan an important city.
Swayambhunath:The great Buddhist Stupa stands on a green hill to the west of Kathmandu. This is a site that is more than 2,500 years old, flagging the point where the legendary spiritual leader Manjushree mystically discovered the lotus of the historic valley lake. Built on specific rules each with a symbolic significance, the Swayambhunath stupa is a model of its kind.Swayambhunath, also colloquially referred to as the Monkey Temple, is also the perfect view point to observe the entire Kathmandu Valley.
Kathmandu City: Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular squares that many visitors like because of its sublime architecture and artistic adornment.The palace complex, the legendary Kasthamandap Temple, the Hanuman Dhoka Palace and many other shrines, courtyards and temples, built between 1200 and 1768 A.D., with hundreds of erotic sculptures epitomize the religion and cultural life of the people.
Includes: Hotel Accommodation| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: Kathmandu - Besishahar

Driving Dynamics: 5 hours in a private vehicle
After Breakfast, we will drive you to Besishahar in a private car through the Prithivi Highway. The view of the Marsyangdi river seen in this 5 hour drive will surely give you goosebumps.
Includes: Camping| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner| Private vehicle

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Day 4: Besishahar - Ghalegaun

After Breakfast, we begin our trek through some interesting villages.Our well experienced cook will prepare a delectable meal for lunch. After all of us have had our lunch we will slowly trek towards the 1st camp called Ghalegaun. Ghalegaun is a pure Gurung Village which encases the history of Gurung people. The trek will last a good 6 to 7 hours. After we reach our destination, tented camps will be set up for everybody to rest for the day.
Includes: Camping| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5: Ghalegaun - Bhujung

We begin a short trek of about 3 hours from Ghalegaun, to yet another Gurung Village called Bhujung. We will have lunch prepared by our team and then set camp in the village. This is a short trek day. Rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with the hospitable Gurung residents of the village.
Includes: Camping| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6: Bhujung - Thakur Bhir

From Bhujung, we make our way to a place called Thakur Bhir. This is where the real deal happens. This is the place where the job of honey hunting is carried out by well experienced locals. We will set camp for the day and the locals will introduce you to their ways carrying out their daily routine.
Includes: Camping| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 7: Thakur Bhir

Today you get to watch how Honey Hunters prep for the expedition. Honey hunting holds a religious as well as a cultural significance in the lives of the Gurungs. Hunters will start by praying and sacrificing a goat or a chicken to the god. As honey hunting is a dangerous practice the Gurungs pray to their god for protection. Some of the honeycomb cliffs are named after hunters who died extracting wild honey. You are bound to be awestruck as the Gurungs make full use of local resources available to make their expedition as secure as possible.
Includes: Camping| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 8: Thakur Bhir

You get to watch the whole honey hunting process in all its greenness. You might marvel seeing how adept Gurungs are in this honey hunting art. You will also get to enjoy the honey from the harvest and relax.
Includes: Camping| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 9: Thakur Bhir - Bhujung

We trek back to Bhujung today and set camp for the day to take in the scenic view nature provides and relax.
Includes: Camping| Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 10: Bhujung - Besishahar

Today, we start a trek of a good 6 hours back to Besishahar.Then, we will set camp after the moderately long trek at Besishahar.
Includes: Camping | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 11: Besishahar - Kathmandu

Driving Dynamics: 5 hour drive in a private vehicle
After Breakfast, we will drive you back to Kathmandu. It is going to be a 5 hour drive through the winding hilly roads back to the hotel in Kathmandu where you can rest and reflect back upon our journey.
Includes: Hotel Accommodation | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner | Private Vehicle

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Day 12: Departure

Today we say our goodbyes as we drop you off at the airport as per your flight schedules until we meet again.
Includes: Breakfast | Airport Transfer

 

Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.

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Clothing and Equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.

Clothing

1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph