Honey Hunting In Nepal

8 Days
  • Hotel/Lodge/Tea House
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May)
  • 30% Cancellation Charge (Personal Reason)
  • Guided Trip
  • Available
  • Covered
  • BLD
  • Private/Public Vehicle


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 laboriosa. As they have for generations, the men come to harvest the Himalayan cliff bee’s 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 laboriosa and Apis dorsata are indigenous to the region and traditional methods of harvesting the honey on steep cliffs have remaned unchanged for generations.

The introduction of non indigenous plant species and the Eurporean honey bee Apis mellifera have put pressure on these local bees to compete, and they need to fly further and further to forage their prefered 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. The Great Adventure Treks & Expedition 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

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Pick up from airport and drive to hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu day tour with World Heritage trip

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Khudi and overnight at Hotel ( 200 km ) ( 5-6 hrs )

Day 04: Trek to Honey hunting site

Day 05: Enjoy with Honey hunting

Day 06: Trek to Khudi

Day 07: Drive to Kathmandu ( 200 km ) ( 5-6 hrs )

Day 08: Final departure


Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival, our representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to the finest hotel at Thamel. After some rest at the hotel, you’ll join our team meet-up in the office. During this program, you will meet and greet with your guide and other trekkers.In the evening, you can stroll around the main tourist area of Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you’ll go for a half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You’ll visit Pashupatinath Temple on the bank of the Bagmati river. In addition, you can also visit Swayambhunath Temple, a famous Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath.On the way back to your hotel, you’ll also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a place that holds the history of the valley. In the evening, you’ll get plenty of time for preparations. If you’ve missed anything, then you can do short shopping at Thamel or Durbarmarg. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Today morning, you should prepare for a rather long bus drive as you head towards Khudi . The drive initially leaves Kathmandu as you head towards Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will drive north. After 6-7 hours of the bus ride, you will reach Khudi. You will also encounter the village called Besisahar as you divert towards to Khudi.

After breakfast trek to honey hunting site about 6 hours walking with Natural and beautiful scenery. Same day you will meet our team and they will tell you brief information about Honey hunting.

Honey Hunters do pray before they go to proper place. You can also see the heart thrilling honey hunting program at cliff. You will enjoy the Natural honey hunting , after that back to guest house.

After breakfast trek back to Khudi , on the way back you can swimming at the Natural swimming pool. You will walk back to Khudi Stream via bank of Marshayngdi River

A 6-7 hour drive today will take you to Kathmandu as the bus wiggles around the majestic hills that surround these valleys. Along the way, you will also see some streams and rivers. The sources of these rivers are the snow-capped mountains that are in plenty in this country. You will also spend time in some of the most popular markets around Kathmandu valley.

Today might be a sour day today as you will have to leave this picturesque country. You can reminisce back on the Wonderful Honey Hunting trip. After you have kept your travel documents and air-ticket, you will head out to Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representatives will take you there on a private transport. They will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to the flight.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu ( 3-star hotel.)
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing by car
  • All road transportation
  • Professional trekking guide with government licence
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trip.
  • Accommodation during the trip
  • All requirements paperwork and permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
  • Honey Hunting necessary equipment
  • First aid Medical kit
  • Emergency Rescue Help (covered by your travel insurance).
  • All program as per itinerary.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Kathmandu monuments fees
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost

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