Honey Hunting Tour is one of the unique adventurous Tours that includes the amazing and surprising scene of Nepal with it. Honey Hunting is the thrilling and adventurous activities which is also a popular tourist activity primarily focused for the brave and the strong ones having good knowledge about Rock Climbing and information about the Wild bees.
Extracting honey from rock bees that live in steep slope is an age-old tradition of some of the idegineous Nepali communities like Gurungs and Magars in rural areas of Dhading, Gorkha and Kaski districts. While the honey hunting as a profession is slowly fading out, it still retains its traditional glory with a meticulous ritual followed during each honey hunting event.
Local honey hunters show their exceptional skills by dangling on steep cliffs as high as 300 meters using Bamboo ladders and hemp ropes as they collect the honeycombs. It is a thrilling experience to watch the adventurous event.
The captivating fact about Honey Hunting in Nepal is the worship part by the indigenous group previous to huntby dancing and offering tasty food items to the nature. In general the Hunting Honey is carried out 2 times in a year and cannot be accomplished individually so, it demands teamwork. Thus, the villagers gather round, request the cliffs which are the abode of honeybees. The best month for honey hunting in Nepal is in the spring and autumn.
Day 1 - Landing at Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up with your name on a sign board and will escort you to the hotel.
Kathmandu is the largest metropolis of Nepal, is the centre of the country’s history, art, culture and economy. Containing the remnants of Nepal’s medieval era in the form of old Durbar Squares and temples, many of the city’s old monuments and buildings are also listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The city is a cornucopia of temples and shrines dedicated to various deities and gods and contain dense concentrations of religiously and historically significant locations. Touring the city provides a deep insight into the rich history of the country and it is a great way to be close to Nepal’s authentic artistry and its prominent riches that are displayed brilliantly on its many old buildings and complexes.
At the hotel, we have organized a small welcome program just for you.
Day 2 - Kathmandu sightseeing
After breakfast, we will be taking you on a tour around the Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu, we tour Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Boudhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. We also visit the Patan Durbar Square which is another World Heritage Site. The square is reminiscent of medieval Kathmandu with beautiful courtyards, temples and shrines noted for their exquisite architecture and delicate carving. We also tour the Patan museum while we are in Patan Durbar Square.
Swayambhu, a temple standing atop a small hill at the north-western part of Kathmandu valley, means ‘Self-Existent One.’ Swayambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. States that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had itself developed into an important Buddhist learning site. The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. The largest image of Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the Stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati – the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the Stupa complex. Large numbers of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhunath. Swoyambhu is perhaps the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. You can see Buddhist monks chanting prayers and rotating prayer wheels in the stupa’s premise. It is the holiest Buddhist Stupa outside of Tibet and the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. Surrounding the Bouddhanath Stupa are narrow alleys and streets with colorful homes, vendors and Tibetan monasteries.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is one among the three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley. The Durbar Square consists of a palace complex, and was also the site where the Kings of Nepal were crowned. Many of the temples and monuments of the Durbar Square were damaged during the 2015 Earthquake, but re-construction is underway. The temples and the palace complex of the Kathmandu Durbar Square present amazing intricate art and architecture done on the woodwork, the metal and the stones of the doors, windows and pillars.
Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva ‘the Destroyer’, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. Although the Pashupatinath Temple was only built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the holy site is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium. A gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda temple of Pashupatinath. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. Behind the temple is the River Bagmati. On the banks of Bagmati are raised platforms used as cremation sites for Hindus. Pashupatinath, in a limited sense, literally means the Lord of the Animals. But animal is also a term that denotes the animal like instincts in human beings.
Day 3 - Drive to Khudi
Today after having breakfast we will drive for your honey hunting tours. After 4 hours drive from Kathmandu we will arrive at Vimal Nagar where you can visit Siddha cave (the biggest cave in Asia). Then from here, after driving about more 3hrs we will reach Khudi village. You’ll be heartily welcomed by the villagers. At evening have a slide show program about the bee hunting.
Day 4 - Trek to Ghalegaun
After Breakfast, we trek through some interesting villages. After Lunch, We slowly trek to our 1st day camp called Ghalegaun. Ghalegaun is purely a Gurung Village which carry history of Gurung people. The trek is about 6 - 7 hours long.
Day 5 - Honey Hunting
This day can be challenging for collecting honey. The lead honey hunter collects honey in the bucket from the beehives and passes down to another person. This wild honey was used for a medical purpose which still exists and has medicinal value with a great deal of money in the international market. With honey hunting, there is the chance of viewing and experiencing the traditional honey harvest of Gurung people. Nepal honey hunting is a tradition twice (spring and autumn) a year to collect the wild honey from the hive hanging on a rock hill.
Honey Hunters do pray before they go to the proper place. We can also see the heart thrilling honey hunting program at cliff. You will enjoy the Natural honey hunting , after that we return back to the guest house.
Day 6 - Trek back to Khudi
On the following day you will trek back to Khudi which demands walk of 6 to 7 hours. If you have time and wish to swim then you can take the advantages of swimming at Natural swimming pool. You have to walk at Bank of the Marshyangdi River and Khudi stream. Here, you will get to outlook Kanchenjunga, Chitwan National Park and so on.
Day 7 - Back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will be returning back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we return to Hotel and have time to rest and relax. Rest of the day is yours to enjoy.
Day 8 - Final Departure
It may be an end to one journey, but another will surely begin! Your journey has officially came to an end on this day.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transfer you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available hotels during the tour. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during tour while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the tour, we have breakfast and dinner in the lodges/hotels we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The hotel menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Tour is spring (Febraury to June) and autumn (September to December) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 12 Pax)