Honey Hunting trek

  • Trip Type Wildlife, Culture, nature, adventure and Pleasure Sightseeing, Trekking two days, Panoramic views of Himalayas
  • Duration 13 nights /14days
  • Accomodation Hotels, resort and Guest Houses

Twice a year high in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal teams of men gather around cliffs that are home to the world’s largest honeybee, Apis laborious. As they have for generations, the men come to harvest the Himalayan cliff bees, honey. 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 harnessed to a ladder by ropes. As his mates secure the rope and ladder from the top and ferry tools up down as required, the honey hunter fights territorial bees as he cuts out chunks of honey from the comb.” A chance to view and experience the traditional honey hunting harvest of the Gurung people. The Bees Apis laborious and Apis dorsata are indigenous to the region and traditional methods of harvesting the honey on steep cliffs have remained unchanged for generations.

 

The introduction of nonindigenous plant species and the European honey bee Apis mellifera have put pressure on these local bees to compete, and they need to fly further and further to forage their preferred plant species. This along with over-harvesting has resulted in the bees’ decline. The Himalayan Honeybees 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. TheBlueSpace will donate a percentage of profits from these trips to local communities who are actively involved and promoting ICIMOD ideas. There are great views of peaks Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Buddha Himal and Annapurna II.

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu

    in Airport, meet our office representative assists you to transfer to Hotel.

  • Day 2 : In Kathmandu

    We explore the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Shyambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar square.

  • Day 3 : Drive to Khudi 186 Kms, 6hrs.

    We drive along the Prithvi highway across beautiful villages, colorful peoples, landscapes, all the way drive along the River Valley.

  • Day 4 : Trek Khudi to Ghalagaun at 2050 Mtrs/6-7hrs trek.

    After B/F, trail Ascend all the way to Ghala gaun, The trail passes through the beautiful forest, if you are lucky enough you will also get to see some of the wildlifes. This area holds a tremendous potentiality for bird watching. It really can be a birdwatcher's paradise

  • Day 5 : Observe honey hunting in Ghanpokhara & Ghalegaun.

    It is a beautiful place to enjoy breathtaking views of numerous Mountains, it self-situated at a beautiful mountain, it is populated by Gurung Peoples who have wonderful culture & tradition.

  • Day 6 : Observe honey hunting in Ghanpokhara & Ghalegaun.

    It is a beautiful place to enjoy breathtaking views of numerous Mountains, it self-situated at a beautiful mountain, it is populated by Gurung Peoples who have wonderful culture & tradition.

  • Day 7 : Ghalegaun to Pasgaun, 1800 Mtrs/6-7 hrs trek.

    After B/F, Trail descends to Bhujung all the way, After the Bhujung trail ascends to Pasgaun.It is long & hard day trip.

  • Day 8 : Trek Paragon to Pakharikot or Nanngdidhar at 1900 mtrs-5-6hrs.

    The trail ascends gently through jungles, beautiful waterfalls and the chirpings of the birds. After lunch, it again is a time for an as descends. It is a steep descend for half an hrs; one has to ensure that one carries enough water as there is a shortage of drinking water. The intense heat, humidity, and the direct sunlight striking can really be unbearable.

  • Day 9 : Trek to Thumsikot, drive to Pokhara.

    The trail descends about 1150 Meters & drives approximately 3 hrs by jeep through unpaved Road.

  • Day 10 : In Pokhara.

    Early morning drive to Sarankot to have a close view of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna. Return to Hotel, full day sightseeing in Pokhara

  • Day 11 : Fly or drive to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel,

  • Day 12 : Final day, transfer to Airport

Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodation breakfast Kathmandu & Pokhara,
  • Full board meals during Trekking (veg and nonveg),
  • Essential Camping gear: two men a tent, dining tent,
  • kitchen tent, toilet tent, needed porters, English speaking Guide, Cook,
  • All the land transportation by deluxe A/C Coach and private vehicle to the starting point and transfer to ending point
  • Airport - Hotel-Airport transfer, guide wildlife Tour in Katmandu & Pokhara Valley.
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water will be provided.

Excludes:

  • Personal expenses,
  • Client's travel insurance,
  • Bar Drinks, Departure Airport Tax,
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu- Pokhara

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