Honey Hunting in Nepal

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Honey Hunting in Nepal | Gurung Community

A trove of golden liquid, frozen in timeless hills - allows the continuation of the century-old practice of honey hunting in Nepal. Steep high hills laid along with mountains shadows offer a perfect home for giant free-ranging Himalayan honey bees . The producer of the red-hued mad honey – these bees have called the hills home along with Kirati Kulungs and Gurungs of Nepal. The bees and people that share spaces in clouds while engaging in the century-old tussle for honey. The brave men of Nepal take on the mammoth task of harvesting potent mad honey; stored by bees on unimaginable ridges.

Uncanny Co-existence

The traditional handwoven hemp or bamboo ropes, natural spirits, village shamans, need of earning a living, and continuation of ancestral practices; all are cocktail in the last honey hunting experience of Nepal. The brave Kulung and Gurung hunters make their way on the ledges, where no one dares ventures. The bee and people of these remote corners, share a love and hate relation. The lush green crops and fruits of Kulung and Gurung villages are pollinated by the same bees that don’t hesitate to sting the hunters. Further, the very bees help the trekking trail of the hunter’s village spring to life, they pollinate Rhododendron flowers. People here depend on the bees honey and their act of breathing life into flowers is vital to the people of these areas. Similarly, terrace farms and human plantation provide bees with nectar when the forest run outs of flowers. The tussle for honey is the deal breaker and starts off the enmity between the people and bees. This is extremely wild and best himalayan trek in Nepal

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