Honey Hunting is a unique tourist activity that is full of fun and adventure. Honey hunting has been practiced in the hilly and Himalayan region of Nepal by ethnic communities such as Gurungs for centuries. Nowadays it has gained popularity as an indigenous tourism product.
Honey hunting primarily involves extracting honey from massive bee hives nestled in cliffs, which are located as high as 200m. These honeycombs are made by special kind of wild honey bee only found in the hilly and Himalayan region of Nepal. What is interesting to witness is the acrobatic feat of honey hunters who climb these high and mighty cliffs putting their life at risk to take out the honey from honeycombs. The climbing is done in great coordination among honey hunters who take help of traditionally weaved ropes which are made out of bamboo, such as Niyalo and Choya to balance themselves high in the air.
In addition to honey hunting experience, tourists can also learn and enjoy Gurung culture and tradition and partake of local delicacies. Other attractions of honey hunting trip include beautiful waterfalls and pristine forests and wildlife. Lamjung district, where most honey hunting activities are concentrated, is often considered as the best destination for honey hunting both in terms of accessibility and duration.
Honey hunting trips can be arranged in different parts of Nepal however it is only carried out at specific season of year based on the reading of local astrological calendar. Honey hunting usually takes place in the month of October/November and May/June. It is necessary for you to book in advance to participate in honey hunting trips. Honey hunting programs can be arranged for different duration depending on your time availability and interests. Both lodges and home-stay facility are available for accommodation in honey hunting areas.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Nadi (930m) via Bhulbhule takes about 7 hours.
After completing early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Nadi (930m) via Bhulbhule takes about 7 hours. The journey will follow Trisuli River enjoying beautiful views of rafting, cable car, hydropower, surrounding green hills and villages. We will also pass through tunnel along the way. Nadi is a village on the lap of a cliff. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 02: Trek from Nadi to Ludi (1800m) takes about 4 hours.
After breakfast we start our trek uphill and after 45 minutes we come upon a traditional Gurung village named Thulbesi. Further ahead you will cross Nadi Khola and climb up to Serabesi village and finally to Tarchok village surrounded by hills on all sides. Another 1 hr trek of slow ascent will reach Ludi (1800m). Once in Ludi we will make necessary preparation for honey hunting. In the evening, you will welcomed by Mother’s Group and invited to participate in cultural program performed by local Gurung community. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Full day honey hunting.
Today you will be involved in full day Honey Hunting activities. At the start you will watch honey hunters pray and offer worship to the nature. You will follow honey hunters for 3 hrs uphill trek through dense forest and finally reach the honey hunting spot called Dahare bhir or cliff. Watch the enthralling and adventurous honey hunting activity as honey hunters climb down cliffs with the help of bamboo ropes after collecting honey. The honey is collected in a bamboo basket. In the evening you will enjoy tasting wild honey to your filling. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Descend down to Besisahar (823m) takes about 5hrs.
After breakfast you will descend down to Besisahar (823m.). The walk will be gentle with great views of villages and green hills. The entire journey takes about 5 hrs. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes 7hrs.
Today you start your return journey from Besishar early morning. It takes 7 hrs drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu. The route follows banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi 186KM, 6 hrs.
You drive along the Prithivi highway and come across beautiful villages, colorful people and agricultured landscapes. Today the route takes you all along the river valley.
Day 02: Trek from Khudi To Ghalagaun which takes about 6-7hrs.
After breakfast, the trail ascends all the way to Ghalagaun, The trail passes through the beautiful forest and if you are lucky, you will also get to see some of the areas wildlife. This area holds a tremendous potential for bird watching. It really can be a birdwatcher's paradise.
Day 03-4: Observe Honey Hunting In Ghanpokhari & Ghalegaun.
It is beautiful place to enjoy breathtaking views of numerous mountains. It is also situated on a beautiful mountain and is populated by Gurung people who have wonderful culture & tradition
Day 05: Trek from Ghalegaun to Pasgaun, which takes about 6-7 hrs.
After breakfast, your trail descends to Bhujung all the way, After the Bhujung trail; you will then ascend to Passgaun. It is long and hard day trip.
Day 06: Trek from Pasagaun to Pakharikot or Nanngdidhar which takes about 5-6hrs.
Trail ascends gently through jungles and beautiful waterfalls. Here you can also enjoy the joyful chirpings of the birds. After lunch, the trail once again begins to descend. It is a steep descent for about half an hour. One has to ensure that you carry enough water as there is shortage of drinking water in this area. The intense heat, humidity and the direct sunlight can sometimes be unbearable.
Day 07: Trek to Thumsikot, and then drive to Pokhara.
Trail descends about 1150 meters and then you drive approximately 3 hrs by jeep through unpaved road. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 08: Sightseeing in and around Pokhara and then drive back to Kathmandu.
Early morning, you drive to Sarangkot to have close-up views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna. Enjoy some sight-seeing in and around the city of Pokhara and in the afternoon drive or fly back to Kathmandu. (Driving takes about 5 hours by private car while flight takes about 25 minutes.).
* All airport pick-up and drop-off transport by private vehicle
* One guide
* Porters (One porter carries up to 25 kgs of luggage of 2 participants)
* All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
* Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) /local houses
* Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking poles if required
* Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
* Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
* Honey Hunting equipment
* Community fee for organizing Honey Hunting
* Cultural program by local women group and their fee
* All land transportation by public bus and jeep
* First aid kit
* Tax, VAT and our service charge
* Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
* Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
* One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
* Personal nature expenses
* Drinks, beverages, etc.
* Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. I am happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.