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The ancestral art of honey hunting

Honey hunting, as it is hunting and not a harvest, is one of the activities of indigenous Gurung and Magar communities in many rural villages in Nepal. This tradition is carried on from generation to generation with its rites. In this tour, you will know a bit more about these two ethnic groups and take part in one of the most incredible hunting in the world.

 

We specialize in organizing tours in Nepal, which are unique and off the beaten touristic track!

 

Day 1: Welcome to Nepal

Arrival at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu (1340 meters), a warm welcome by our representative and transfer to hotel.Time to visit Durbar Square.

Overnight: Kathmandu Guesthouse

Meals: -

 

Day 2: Kathmandu

Visit the amazing Stupa of Boudhanath, the most important Buddhist cultural centre in Kathmandu, as many Tibetan refugees stopped at this resort, creating more than 50 Gompa (Tibetan monasteries). Since 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight: Kathmandu Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Khudi - 4 hours

You go to Vimal Nagar where you can visit the cave of Siddha (the biggest cave in Asia), then the road to Khudi.

Overnight stay: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - lunch and dinner

 

Day 4: Trek from Khudia to Ghalagaun- 6/7 hours

After breakfast, the trail ascends all the way to Ghalagaun, It passes through the beautiful forest and if you are lucky, you will also get to see some of the area's wildlife. This area holds a tremendous potential for birdwatching. It really can be a birdwatcher's paradise if the conditions are favourable.

Overnight stay: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - lunch and dinner

 

Day 5: Trek from Ghalagaun to Bhunjung- 3 hours

Today we go to another Gurung village, Bhujung.

Overnight stay: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - lunch and dinner

 

Day 6: Trek from Bhujung to Thaku Bhir

From Bhujung, we will head for the Thaku Bhir village where the hunting of honey will be carried out by highly experienced local hunters.

Overnight: Camping

Meals: Breakfast - lunch and dinner

 

Day 7: Thaku Bhir

Here comes the much-anticipated hunt! Men will practice this one-thousand-year-old tradition, fascinating and dangerous at the same time: honey collection, which is still done with ancient methods and instruments. The Gurung lights up large fires at the base of the hive, and uses smoke to make the world's largest honey bee colonies come out of the hive, which build high altitude hives. At that point - without any special protections or equipment - they climb on precarious stairs of rope suspended in the void, up to 200 meters high, and with a sharp bamboo pole called "tango" carve the hives to get out of the honeycomb (the wild honey), which ends in the baskets placed under the hives.

Overnight: Camping

Meals: Breakfast - lunch and dinner


Day 8: Trek from Thaku Bhir to Bhujung-3 hours

After this incredible adventure, it is time to return, walk to Bhujung.

Overnight stay: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - lunch and dinner

 

Day 9: Trek from Bhujung to Besishahar - 6 hours

Start today for Basisahar.

Overnight stay: Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast - lunch and dinner

 

Day 10: Kathmandu - 5 hours

Route to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. The rest of this day will be free.

Overnight: KathmanduGuesthouse

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 11: Goodbye

Transfer to the airport and end of our services.

Meals: Breakfast

 

From 1360 euros per person

 

Included in the price:

Car and tour guide speaking English for Kathmandu.

Transport outside the city by private car/domestic flights

Entrance to sites / monuments as mentioned

Accommodation in hotel / guesthouse in double room with breakfast and main meals (when mentioned)

Transfers to the airport for arrivals / departures.

Trekking permits

A financial contribution for the Gurung community.

 

Not included in the price:

Other meals and drinks if not mentioned above,

Tips to driver and guide

Personal expenses.

International flights

The Nepalese visa

Travel Insurance.