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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Trail descends about 1150 meters and then you drive approximately 3 hrs by jeep through unpaved road. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
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).
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