Eastern Nepal Honey Hunting Tour

Eastern Nepal Honey Hunting Tour

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Nepal- Tibet border August, November, December
20 nights – 21 days

An opportunity to view and experience the traditional honey hunting harvest of the Gurung people.

Twice a year high in the steep Himalayan foothills on the Tibet / Nepal border teams of men gather around cliffs that are home to the world’s largest honeybee, Apis Laboriosa. The harvest ritual begins with a prayer and sacrifice of flowers, fruits, and rice. Then a fire is lit at the base of the cliff to smoke the bees from their honeycombs. From above, a honey hunter descends the cliff harnessed to a ladder by ropes. As his mates secure the rope and ladder from the top and ferry tools up down as required, the honey hunter fights territorial bees as he cuts out chunks of honey from the comb. This itinerary provides you with the opportunity to see long hives and wall hives which are home for colonies of the eastern honey bee, Apis carana, as you trek through the stunning scenery of the Himalayan foothills.

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This is a camping and tented lodge trek. The trek can be left out and just the honey hunting section done.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Patan, back to Kathmandu, welcome dinner in the evening overnight hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu – Mude (2,5550m)- 5 hours and start trekking to Nigale – 4 hours

Day 04: Nigale – Tulo Sailung (3,100m.) - 6 hours.

Day 05: Tulo Sailung – Nigale - 6 hours.

Day 06: Nigale – Kuri (3,480m.) - 7 hours.

Day 07: Steep trek up to Kalinchowk (3,790m). Views of a vast and grand landscape including the Everest range, Gauri Shanker, Lapchi Kang, Langtang National Park and the Mahabharata.

Day 08: Trekking down to the village of Tare Veer.

Day 09: Trek to Bigu (2810m.) and rest all the day and visit the nunnery of Bigu Gompa.

Day 10: Half day rest and after lunch, trekking up to the Tisang La (3303m) and down to Dolangsa monastery.

Day 11: Descend down to the town of Bharabise on the banks of the Bhote Khosi. Drive 3 hours to The Borderlands Resort, in the evening briefing. Tented accommodation

Day 12: After breakfast start trek to Gati village. Afternoon village walk and visit Borderlands aterfalls and Honey Hunting Sight.

Day 13: Honey Hunting.

Day 14: After breakfast trek to Narayanthan via Jhirpu, might need to drive 1 hour. After reaching Narayanthan visit local village and monastery. Evening welcome ceremony by local village and honey hunter.

Day 15: Honey Hunting.

Day 16: Trek back to Jhirpu and from Jhirpu drive 1 hour to Borderlands.

Day 17: One day rafting at Bhote Koshi white water

Day 18: Drive to Nagarkot and stay overnight.

Day 19: Early morning sunrise view / Himalayan panorama and Drive to Bhaktapur for half day sightseeing, drive to Kathmandu for overnight.

Day 20: Early morning Mt. Flight, back to hotel, lunch and proceed for a half day touring of the Narayanhity Palace Museum -the seat of the former Royal family of Nepal. Overnight at hotel

Day 21: Final departure

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