- Max elevation 3,660 m
- Difficulty Easy and scenic
- Trip Type Wildlife, Culture, nature adventure
- Duration 12 days
- Accomodation Hotels, resort and Guest Houses
- Transportation Private Car
- Trip Style Trekking and Sightseeing
- Group Size 2-10 pax
- Best Season May-June
- Food Breakfast kathmandu and Pokhara during the honey hunting 3 times meal
Honey Hunting Trek, 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, Nepal Travel Expedition organize Honey Hunting. As they have for generations, the men come to harvest the Himalayan cliff honey bees. 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 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
- Day 2 : In Kathmandu
- Day 3 : Drive to Khudi 186 Kms, 6hrs.
- Day 4 : Trek Khudi to Ghalagaun at 2050 Mtrs/6-7hrs trek.
- Day 5 : Observe honey hunting in Ghanpokhara & Ghalegaun.
- Day 6 : Observe honey hunting in Ghanpokhara & Ghalegaun.
- Day 7 : Ghalegaun to Pasgaun, 1800 Mtrs/6-7 hrs trek.
- Day 8 : Trek Paragon to Pakharikot or Nanngdidhar at 1900 mtrs-5-6hrs.
- Day 9 : Trek to Thumsikot, drive to Pokhara.
- Day 10 : Pokhara valley sight seeing
- Day 11 : Fly or drive to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel,
- Day 12 : Final day, transfer to Airport