Let us start off by saying that, THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. Also, this is not an ordinary trekking trip, in fact, this is not about trekking. Consider the trekking and camping in the foothills of Annapurna in Nepal and the gorgeous views along the way to our destination and back as just the bonus if you come along on this extraordinary journey.
Twice a year, deep in the jungles of central Nepal, members of the Gurung tribe harvest a very special honey from the steep Himalayan cliffs in an age-old tradition of daredevilry. There is a pooja that is organized before the hunt begins and then the honey hunters show their exceptional skills by hanging themselves from cliffs as high as 300 meters using just Bamboo ladders and hemp ropes while harvesting the honeycombs of the Himalayan Honey Bee, the world’s largest honey bee.
A fire is lit on the ground and the smoke drives the bees out of their combs. Depending on the location of the hive and the height of the cliff, smaller bundles of dried leaves surrounding wet ones are burnt and moved along the cliff by rope.The lead honey hunter collects honey in the bucket from the beehives and passes it down to the others
Once harvested, the honey is shared. All the community members who helped receive one portion, while the main honey hunter and those who pulled and guided the ladder get a double portion.
” But Why would I wanna go to Nepal to see honey harvesting? ”
Apart from the fact that this whole process and tradition is nothing short of a spectacle, here is the real kicker……
This honey is a psychedelic substance !!!
The Gurung people of Nepal consume a teaspoon of the honey every morning, its medicinal properties are believed to help boost the immune system and it even has incredible healing properties.
Internationally, Vice Magazine did an article and so did our very own Homegrown , on the honey hunters of Nepal last year and the topic caught the fancy of many. These were based on Raphael Treza’s film, where he caught the whole ceremony on film.
As fascinating as this centuries-old tradition sounds, it is currently under threat from commercialisation and constant extraction of honey that doesn’t give the bees enough time to repopulate and build hives which can disrupt this ages old tradition permanently.
So we are making sure that we work with the local community in Nepal to participate in a DESIGNATED BI- ANNUAL HUNT to ensure that this amazing tradition stays alive and the local hunters and their families benefit from it without disrupting the cycle of the bees.
Check out the itinerary for the details of this extraordinary trekking and camping trip…..
Arrive in Kathmandu anytime of the day and the rest of the day is free to relax or explore as you please
Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi 186KM, 6 hrs.
We drive along the Prithivi highway and come across beautiful villages, colorful people and agricultural landscapes. Today the route takes us all along the river valley.
Stay in Khudi for the night.
Trek from Khudi To Ghalagaun which takes about 6-7hrs.
After breakfast, the trail ascends all the way to Ghalagaun, The trail passes through a beautiful forest and if we are lucky, we will also get to see some of the area’s amazing wildlife.
This area holds tremendous potential for bird watching, it really can be a birdwatcher’s paradise. Camping and overnight in Ghalagaun.
Observe and participate in the Honey Hunting Ritual In Ghanpokhari & Ghalegaun.
It is a beautiful place to enjoy breathtaking views of numerous mountains. The area is populated by Gurung people who have wonderful culture & traditions.
We meet up with our Local Honey Hunters and watch in awe as the hunting ceremony unfolds and the honey is harvested. Of course, everyone gets to sample a little bit of the honey once it is harvested.
Trek from Ghalegaun to Pasgaun, which takes about 6-7 hrs.
After breakfast, our trail descends to Bhujung. After the Bhujung trail; we will then head to Passgaun. It is a long and hard day trek and we camp overnight in Pasgaun.
Trek from Pasaun to Pakharikot or Nanngdidhar which takes about 5-6hrs.
The trail ascends gently through jungles and beautiful waterfalls. Here you can will enjoy the joyful chirping 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 a shortage of drinking water in this area.
Arrive in Pokhra and explore.
Early morning, we 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 toKathmandu.
Driving takes about 5 hours by a private vehicle while flight takes about 25 minutes.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Fly back home from Kathmandu having experienced the extraordinary!
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