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Honey hunting is a very old tradition in Nepal, mainly in the central Himalayan region. You can witness the exceptional skills of the local hunters hanging themselves from high cliffs using bamboo ladders and ropes. This traditional practice is done in the lush hills of central Nepal twice a year. Therefore, this tour also occurs twice a year where you get to experience the unique way of honey hunting.
Honey hunting takes you to the beautiful village of Ghale Gaon. It is located to the east of the famous treks like ABC Trek and Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Honey hunting is done Thaku Bhir where you can find local hanging on the cliffs with help of a bamboo ladder and homemade ropes. Furthermore, you also visit the Gurung heritage sites, gompas, and watch the surreal views of the Himalayas.
Firstly, you’ll arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and drive to Besisahar via Prithvi Highway. Then, you’ll trek west towards Ghale Gaon through the forested trails. You’ll reach Ghale Gaon and stop by at one of the local homestays. You explore the local Gurung village and see the sunset and enjoy cultural dance in the evening. Further, you’ll trek to Bhujung which is the largest Gurung settlement in the entire country. You’ll rest in homestay and enjoy the typical Nepali dinner. Finally, you head to the hunting site, Thaku Bhir, the next day. You’ll stay in the camp and watch the beautiful cliffs filled with honey hives. Next, you’ll watch the locals hunt honey with utmost care and expertise. Lastly, you retrace your path to Besisahar via Bhujung and drive back to Kathmandu.
Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the seasons honey hunting is done in Nepal. Thus, these seasons also guarantee the best views. The trip is an easy one and a decent physical shape is enough to do the trip.
We, at Trek Central Nepal, provide you with comfortable transportation and nice lodging and dining during the trek. Moreover, we provide you with experienced guides and porters.
Outline ItineraryDay 01: Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Drive to Besishahar
Day 03: Trek to Ghalegaun
Day 04: Trek to Bhujung
Day 05: Trek to Thaku Bhir (Hunting Place): Camping
Day 06: Watch Honey Hunting: Camping
Day 08: Trek to Besisahar
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure day
- 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
- 3 star accommodations in Kathmandu
- A porter and his entire expenses.
- Airport pickup and drop facility.
- All meals included
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
- Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
- Honey hunting charge
- Insurance of guide and porter.
- Kathmandu-Besisahar and Nayapul-Pokhara-Kathmandu drive in a private car.
- Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide
- Lodge expenses during the trek.
- Meals, unless expressly states
- Sherpa staffs (guides, porters, cook etc. )
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
- Airfare for international flights.
- Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
- Nepal arrival visa.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
- Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
- Day 9
- Day 10
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) / Transfer to Hotel
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and our representative will be there to meet you. He will be responsible for transferring you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be part of an introductory session in which you'll meet the guide and porters who will accompany you during the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to Besisahar (760m)
The morning starts after a quick breakfast and then you’ll get on a private vehicle which you will lead you to Besisahar. The journey goes along the Prithvi Highway and gives you amazing pictures of the Trishuli River and road-side settlements. The road is a blend of numerous ups, downs, and paved, and unpaved parts to Besisahar. The drive lasts for at least 6 hours. Overnight in Besisahar.
Trek to Ghalegaon (2029m)
The route to Ghalegaon takes us along the densely forested trails that are home to numerous wild critters. The trail gives amazing displays of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal ranges. Ghalegaon is a Gurung village that resides in the foothills of the Annapurna mountain range. This village is immensely popular for its homestay services and unique Gurung culture. Overnight in Ghalegaon.
Trek to Bhujung (1,625m)
Today, we wake up early and observe the beautiful sunrise that illuminates the magnificent mountain ranges in the Annapurna region. Then, we make our way to Bhujung which involves walking along the forested landscape. Bhujung is the biggest Gurung settlement in Nepal. The village demonstrates the lifestyle and architecture of a typical Nepali village. We shall spend the day here and learn more about the culture. Overnight in Bhujung.
Trek to Thaku Bhir (Hunting Place): Camping
The destination for the day is Thaku Bhir and it is where we shall observe the act of honey hunting. Thaku Bhir is a cliff and it is situated at a high altitude. Make your way there by walking through dense forests. The walk is mostly uphill but we can reach there after walking for at least 3 hours. There are no settlements here and we spend the night in a tent here. Overnight in Thaku Bhir.
Watch Honey Hunting: Camping
Today, we shall observe the honey hunting process. This hunt dates back to hundreds of years and in recent years, it has been symbolic of the people of Lamjung. During this process, the hunter collects the honey from the comb that is located on the walls of the cliff. He does it through the use of bamboo and ropes. It is quite scary to watch and there are chances of being stung by the bees too. The hunter does it with such ease that it can be confusing at some times. The collected honey has a very high value. You can get to taste the honey too. Overnight in Thaku Bhir.
Trek to Bhujung (1,625m)
From Thaku Bhir, we head back to Bhujung by using the same trail that we had previously used. The walk is mostly downhill and we can complete it in a much quicker pace. We arrive at Bhujung and learn the prevailing culture and traditions in these parts at depth. Be sure to do some souvenir shopping as well. Overnight in Bhujung.
Trek to Besisahar (760m)
From Bhujung, we shall retrace our steps back to Besisahar. The journey goes along dense forests and after a while, we arrive at Ghalegaon. We shall have lunch here and after collecting some souvenirs, we head back to Besisahar. Take a much-needed rest here. Overnight in Besisahar.
Drive to Kathmandu
The road from Besisahar takes you to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. The drive meanders along numerous hills and passes many small settlements on the way to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can explore the city and prepare to head to your next destination. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The company staff shall have a brief session with you and we hope to see you soon.