Honey Hunting trip in Nepal

Trip Highlights

  1. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  2. Himalayan Range like Fishtail, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli.
  3. Culture and traditions of Gurung and Ghale people.
  4. Honey Hunting.
  5. Sirung village, Thulo village.
Trip Duration: 10 days(s) / Trek Duration: 6 days(s) Trip Grade: 2
Lodging: Homestay / Guest House
Transportation: Public / Private Vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Minimum 4

Trip Overview

Honey hunting is an annual activity done in the Lamjung district of Nepal. The honey hunters are local people who harvest the honey of wild bees, biggest in the world, from the cliffs. This is an exciting activity as the honey hunters harvest the honey of the most dangerous bee in the world without using any modern equipment. You can participate in our honey hunting package; we will confirm the dates after the auspicious date is fixed by the villagers.

Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Day 3: Drive to Khudi.
Day 4:Trek to Ghale Gaun.
Day 5:Trek to Ghana Pokhara.
Day 6:Free day to observe honey hunting.
Day 07:Trek to Pasgaon:
Day 08:Trek to Pakhrikot.
Day 9:Trek to Thumsikot and drive to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 3: Drive to Khudi.
A 7 hours journey from Kathmandu takes us to Khudi on the bank of the Marshayngdi River.

Day 4: Trek to Ghale Gaun.
The day from Khudi starts after breakfast. The walk goes up gradually up and we will skip the motor able road that trek if you are interested. Otherwise we have the option of getting a jeep all the way to the village of Ghale Gaun.  We will trek or drive past small settlements such as Sirung village, Thulo village etc and the trail has a panoramic view of the western Himalayas such as Manaslu, Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Upon reaching the village you will be given a nice traditional Gurung welcome. In the evening the local community will host a nice cultural program for you.

Day 5: Trek to Ghana Pokhara.
We will start early morning for sunrise to reach Ghana Pokhara. It is a famous sunrise view point. You can see famous mountains such as Fishtail, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli and many more from this point. We will come back to the village of Ghale Gaun for breakfast and then spend the day around the village interacting with the locals, participating in the daily activities of the Gurungs and enjoying the Mountain View.

Day 6: Free day to observe honey hunting and reach Ghale Gaun in the evening for overnight stay.
We will take a short hike to the honey hunting site. It is believed that honey hunting has been carried out in Nepal since last 1000 years. Honey hunting in Nepal is becoming a famous activity for tourist and locals.  Honey hunting is one of the oldest activity humans have been doing for survival.
Apis laborious, the largest honey bee in the world is the source of that wild honey in the cliffs nearby Ghale Gaun. These bees make their hives on the high cliffs of the foothills and the honey hunters risk their lives to harvest the honey for survival.  The honey hunters build rope ladders and baskets to get to the combs after the bees have been flushed out with smoke by lighting a fire underneath the hives. This activity is done without using any modern machinery or technology which makes it much more interesting.

Day 07: Trek to Pasgaon:
After breakfast we will descend down to the village of Bhujung, which takes about 4 hours and there we will stop for lunch. After a brief rest after lunch we will walk further for around 3 hours to reach the village of Pas Gaon.

Day 08: Trek to Pakhrikot.
The trek today takes about 5-6hrs. 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.

Day 9: Trek to Thumsikot and drive to Kathmandu.
We have a short trek on this last day of the honey hunting trip in Nepal to Thumsikot. Upon reaching Thumsikot the vehicle from Adventure Mission Nepal will pick you up from there to take you back to Kathmandu.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Contact us at info@amnholidays.com for details of the cost and package inclusions for the Honey hunting trip in Nepal.

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