The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal


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The Himalayan Wild Honey Hunter, also known as Nepal Honey Hunting, is a traditional practice of harvesting honey from wild beehives in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Here are some key points about this unique cultural practice:

  1. Location: The Himalayan Wild Honey Hunting takes place in the remote regions of Nepal, particularly in the hilly and mountainous areas of the country. The practice is typically carried out by indigenous communities living in these areas, who have developed specialized skills for honey hunting over generations.

  2. Tradition: Honey hunting in Nepal has been practiced for centuries and is deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of the local communities. It is considered a sacred and essential part of their way of life, and the knowledge and techniques for honey hunting are passed down from one generation to another.

  3. Honeybee Species: The honey harvested in the Himalayan Wild Honey Hunting comes from the Apis laboriosa, also known as the Himalayan giant honeybee. These bees are known for building their large honeycombs on the cliffs of the Himalayan mountains, often at great heights and in challenging terrains.

  4. Harvesting Techniques: The honey hunters use traditional methods to harvest honey, which involve climbing the cliffs and accessing the beehives. They use bamboo ladders, ropes, and other tools to reach the hives, often risking their lives in the process. Smoke is used to calm the bees and protect the hunters from stings, while the honeycombs are carefully cut and collected.

  5. Sustainability: The Himalayan Wild Honey Hunting is typically carried out in a sustainable manner, with the hunters taking only a portion of the honey from the hives and leaving enough for the bees to survive and regenerate. This ensures the continuity of the bee colonies and helps in the conservation of the local honeybee populations.

  6. Cultural Significance: Honey hunting is not only a means of livelihood for the local communities but also holds cultural significance. It is often accompanied by rituals, songs, and dances, and is considered a form of offering to the gods. Honey is also used in traditional medicine and has various cultural and religious uses in the region.

  7. Conservation Challenges: The practice of Himalayan Wild Honey Hunting faces several challenges, including changing climatic conditions, deforestation, and the use of modern beekeeping practices. These challenges can impact the availability of wild beehives and the sustainability of honey hunting traditions.

  8. Ecotourism: In recent years, Himalayan Wild Honey Hunting has gained attention as a unique ecotourism attraction. Visitors from around the world come to Nepal to witness this traditional practice and learn about the cultural and ecological significance of honey hunting. This has provided an additional source of income for the local communities and raised awareness about the need for conservation.

In conclusion, Himalayan Wild Honey Hunting is a unique cultural practice in Nepal that involves harvesting honey from wild beehives in the Himalayan mountains. It is deeply rooted in the traditions of local communities, has cultural and ecological significance, and faces conservation challenges. Despite these challenges, it continues to be an important practice that showcases the relationship between humans and nature in the Himalayan region.

Himalayan wild honey hunting is a traditional practice of collecting honey from the nests of wild honeybees that are found in the steep cliffs of the Himalayan mountains in Nepal. Here are some key points about this practice:

  1. Honey hunting is a dangerous and physically demanding activity that requires experienced hunters with specialized skills and equipment.

  2. The honey hunters use ropes and ladders to climb steep cliffs and access the hives, which can be located hundreds of feet above the ground.

  3. The honey hunters use traditional methods to smoke out the bees from the hive, calm them down, and harvest the honey.

  4. The honey harvested from the wild honeybees is considered to be of high quality and has a unique flavor and aroma that is prized by the locals.

  5. The practice of honey hunting has been passed down from generation to generation in some communities and is an important cultural tradition.

  6. The honey hunting tradition is facing challenges due to the loss of habitat for honeybees, which has resulted in a decline in honey production.

  7. Efforts are being made to promote sustainable honey hunting practices that can help preserve this ancient tradition while also protecting the environment and supporting local communities.

Tour du Monde 1 – les funambules du miel (extrait) – #fautpasrever

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12 jan. 2016

“Quand nous sommes là-haut, nous savons que nous risquons notre peau. Mais pour nous, être chasseur de miel, c’est un honneur et une fierté !” C’est une tradition aussi spectaculaire que dangereuse. Chaque printemps, dans le nord du Népal, les Gurungs quittent leur village pour les falaises vertigineuses de l’Himalaya, en quête du miel d’abeilles sauvages. Pour atteindre les précieux nids, ils se transforment en funambules des montagnes, suspendus au-dessus du vide sans protection et faisant face aux offensives de milliers d’abeilles géantes. © What’s up production – 2016

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Au Népal, sur les flancs des falaises vertigineuses de l’Himalaya, des hommes, suspendus à une échelle de corde en bambou tressé, risquent leur vie. Ils sont à la recherche d’un liquide aux couleurs de l’or, précieux depuis la nuit des temps : le miel. Mais pour s’emparer de ce trésor, ils doivent affronter les abeilles géantes.
L’abeille sauvage du Népal est en effet la plus grosse du monde. On dit que sa piqûre peut tuer un homme. Il faut beaucoup de courage et d’endurance pour continuer aujourd’hui de récolter ce miel. Moti va grimper sur les falaises pour la première fois et nous emmène avec lui lors de trois ascensions dangereuses. Il affrontera le vide des falaises et les terribles dards de «ses meilleures ennemies» tant qu’il aura la force de grimper à l’échelle. Réalisateur : Jérôme SEGUR |
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Népal: la cueillette du miel le plus haut du Monde

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Récolte du miel des abeilles géantes des falaises au Népal. Toutes les images sont la propriété d’Eric Tourneret Bande son Olivier Lecoeur Production Muséum d’histoire naturelle de la ville du Havre.

4 Honey hunting in Nepal

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Wild honey hunting in Nepal. Honey hunting in Ghandruk at Chhomrong. Chhomrong village is located at one day walk from Ghandruk towards Annapurna Base Camp.
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6 Honey Hunting in Nepal | Scaring Documentary | 2019


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Honey Hunting In Nepal – In the heart of the Himalayas of Nepal, there lives a tribe of Gurung who would risk their lives harvesting mad honey from “The great – Himalayan giant honey bees”, the biggest and one of the most dangerous honeybees in the world. This treacherous tradition that dates back to hundreds of years holds a great religious and cultural importance for these people, mostly Gurungs and Ghales of Tanje Village in Lamjung.
The grayanotoxin present in the honey has some healing qualities as well. This mad, toxic, hallucinogenic, red honey is traded to the countries like Korea, China and Japan where they use it for medicinal purpose.
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‘SWEET GOLD’ is the new documentary project of Mauro De Bettio. He travelled into the Dhaulagiri region, one of the most remote places of the kingdom of Nepal, to join the isolated Pun tribe on their spring honey hunting and understand mad honey’s effects. 
The Pun have been haunting the honey from Himalayan cliffs for centuries, a tradition that’s carried on for generations. They risk their lives to collect the precious nectar, famous for its medicinal, aphrodisiac and hallucinogenic properties.
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8 Himalayan Wild Honey Hunter | Nepal Honey Hunting

20 mei 2019

Activity: The ancient art of honey hunting in Nepal

Destination: Northern Part of Lamjung district, Nepal

Distance: About 210 KM road Distance from Kathmandu

Walking distance to the Spot: 2 Hours form Local village Chamche (Way to round Annapurna Trekking).

Elevation: 1850 Meters.

Best season: March to June and October to November.

Day 01: Drive to Chemche or near honey hunting Location.

Day 02: Preparation day. Visit honey hunting spot and meet local honey hunting team.

Day 03: Full day honey hunting with locals.

Day 04: Drive back to Kathmandu/ Pokhara.

(Honey hunting itinerary is depend on the locations. We have several locations for this trip. If you love to walk more than a day then we have long itineraries for you.)

If you are looking for film or documentaries about the stories of traditional honey hunting in Nepal then we have best locations for you.

Global Holidays Adventure team have a very long history of honey hunting in Lamjung district of Nepal. We all are local and have been working this activity for many years. We offer the great value of money and we encourage you to evaluate the quality and inclusions that our trip offer and you will discover that Global Holidays Adventure really do supply the ultimate adventure experience of honey hunting.

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9 The Last Honey Hunter (Behind the Scenes) ft. Renan Ozturk and Mark Synnott

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Renan Ozturk and Mark Synnott travel to Nepal with National Geographic to experience the last traditional honey harvest. Watch exclusive, behind the scenes footage of the harvest here. Discover more:
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Honey Hunting Into the Himalayan Forest of Nepal 🐝🐝🐝Nepali traditional way to hunt Honey in the big Jungle .

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12 Extreme Cliffside Honey Harvesting | Honey Hunting In Nepal | Earth Unplugged

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When seven stings from the nepalese honey bees can be fatal, you really don’t want to be stuck 300ft in the air next to their hive.

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Natural World: Honey Hunting In Nepal
Jimmy Doherty, a young British farmer, fanatical about honey, is facing a new challenge. Can he overcome the dangers to harvest the highly prized Himalayan honey from nests on cliffs 300ft high? Nepalese wild honey is one of the most sought after varieties. Due to their size, Himalayan giant bees are able to forage at extremely high altitude, collecting nectar from the flowers blooming way up into the mountains. Nepalese honey hunters have mastered the art of harvesting this treasured prize from cliffs over 300ft high – an incredibly demanding task, fraught with danger. Will Jimmy be able to summon the courage to descend the handmade bamboo ladder over the edge of the cliff to attempt to fulfil a lifelong ambition?

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