Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal

Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal

Key Infomation

  • Duration:7 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude1,350 m
  • ActivityCliff Honey Hunting, Hiking
  • Group Size1-10
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Price fromUS$1,290US$1,500
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Group Price Available
1 person - 1 personUS$ 1390
2 people - 4 peopleUS$ 1290
5 people - 10 peopleUS$ 1150
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

The indigenous community of Nepal called the Gurungs harvest honey twice every year. From a young age, they have been practicing Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal to hold their own culture. Just like walking on delicate ice, the honey-hunter walks on nothing but the risky handmade ropes with little to no safety for collecting honey. 

Embarking on a honey-hunting journey stands out as an exceptional adventure tour, unveiling the astonishing landscapes of Nepal. Renowned for its generous honeybee population, Nepal proves to be an exclusive destination for Mad Honey Hunting, offering unparalleled natural beauty and wonders for those seeking a distinctive and exhilarating experience.

Many people within the nation have yet to discover the existence of honey hunting. Wild Honey Hunting in Nepal stands out as a unique and optimal traditional approach. Locals collect honey from the cliffs where a large number of bees construct their hives, particularly in the mountainous regions of the Annapurna belt and other areas, yielding the renowned Himalayan Mad Honey. This type of honey serves not only medicinal purposes but also as a source of psychedelic hallucinogens due to the presence of Grayanotoxin, a chemical found in the pollen of Rhododendron flowers.

The popularity of Nepal Honey Hunting is on the rise. Collecting honey from lofty cliffs proves to be a challenging and seasonal occupation, conducted biannually during the spring and autumn seasons by the residents. Nepal attracts a decent number of tourists keen to partake in and witness the thrilling tradition of Mad Honey Hunting. The enormous honey bees thrive in the high Himalayan rocks, and the medicinal properties of this honey are harnessed by individuals seeking ease from pain, anxiety, insomnia, and stress.

Embark into the pristine wilderness with Footprint Adventure, led by experienced local hunters. These skilled guides expertly traverse challenging terrains, scaling ridges and cliff sides where the unreachable giant Himalayan honey bee crafts its hives. The excitement of the hunt extends beyond the search for Mad Honey, encompassing awe-inspiring sceneries and a profound link to age-old traditions. Mad Honey Hunting forms an integral part of the cultural heritage in specific Nepalese communities, transcending its status as a mere product. The honey extracted not only holds cultural importance but is also repeatedly utilized in traditional medicines and rituals.

Observe the outstanding courage and agility demanded by this age-old tradition as the honey hunters climb, dangling from treacherous cliffs. With sensational views of the Himalayan landscape as their backdrop, the hunters meticulously harvest the honeycombs, showcasing both their bravery and expertise in this traditional practice.

Embarking on Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal transcends being merely a quest for honey, it's a journey into the heart of nature, traditional practice, and the cultural tapestry of the Himalayan region. Annually, we curate a distinctive honey-hunting expedition tailored for adventurous people like yourself, keen to experience the stimulating process of honey-hunting. Come, be part of this extraordinary adventure – a journey of a lifetime awaits, and disappointment has no place in the adventure. 

Highlights of Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal

  • Witness the careful and expert extraction of honeycombs, a process that requires accuracy and a deep regard for the surrounding environment.
  • Witness the age-old tradition of honey hunting, deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of specific Nepalese communities.
  • Immerse in the spectacular grandeur of the Himalayan landscape, providing a magnificent backdrop to the adventure of honey hunting.
  • Experience the thrilling excitement as skilled honey hunters ascend dangerous cliffs, showcasing incredible courage and expertise.
  • Delve into the cultural richness of the Himalayan belts, gaining an understanding of the traditions associated with Mad Honey Hunting.
  • Understand the double role of the honey obtained, not just as a product but also for its cultural value, often used in traditional medicines and rituals.
  • Benefit from the guidance of skilled local honey hunters who navigate the rugged terrains and cliff sides with rope.
  • Engage in a specially prepared honey-hunting expedition exclusive to adventurous individuals, providing a distinct and personalized journey.

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This is the standard itinerary for Mad Honey Hunting in Nepal. If you are looking for a customized itinerary and requirements, please contact us for the details.

Note: The itinearray may be disrupted due to the local festivals, weather issues, or any other unexpected situations. This event solely depends on the traditions, practices, and regulations of the local hunting teams. 

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will be there to welcome you after you complete your immigration procedures. If required, you can buy a SIM card for your convenience. We'll then escort you to your hotel, allowing you to settle in and rejuvenate after your long flight.

Later, we'll assemble for a brief meeting to outline the details of your program. The evening is yours to unwind, feel free to indulge in a satisfying dinner at one of the best restaurants. Your overnight stay in Kathmandu promises a restful beginning to your journey.

  • Accommodation Kantipur Village Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

Following a satisfying breakfast, we embark on a fascinating journey to the scenic landscapes of Besisahar, Lamjung. The golden rays of dawn guide us into this exquisite adventure, where our jeep eagerly awaits to transport you.

As you traverse the route, be prepared to be charmed by the breathtaking scenery. Revel in the splendor of rolling rivers and snow-capped mountains that adorn the horizon.

In the afternoon, a delicious lunch from a diverse menu awaits you. Upon arriving at the peaceful haven of Besisahar, nestled in nature's embrace, we offer delightful snacks and dinner to enhance your experience.

  • Accommodation Gateway Himalaya
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude760 m

The day kicks off with a flavorsome breakfast, fueling us with the energy needed for the upcoming thrilling experiences. We prepare for the destination that promises the most excitement, foreseeing the unique experiences that lie ahead.

Afterward, we indulge in a satisfying lunch at a community homestay, relishing the local flavors and immersing ourselves in the culinary culture of the society. While exploring, we're privileged to witness the locals' detailed planning and lively gatherings in preparation for tomorrow's occasion.

  • Accommodation Community Homestay
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m

Start your day with a wholesome breakfast at the homestay, featuring a modest yet satisfying array of food choices. Following a brief overview of the potential trials and challenges, our team ensures that we are equipped with the necessary gear, prioritizing our safety throughout the trip.

As the sun ascends, we embark on our journey to the mad honey hunting location, a pleasant half-hour to 45-minute walk from the homestay. En route, indulge in the wonder of waterfalls and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, enhancing the scenic allure of our hunting trip. Upon arrival at the honey-hunting site, we immerse ourselves in the exhilarating honey-hunting process, spanning approximately 4 to 5 hours. As part of the experience, you'll even have the opportunity to savor the fresh mad honey directly from the hive while indulging in snacks provided during the fruitful wait.

Following this unique hunting, we head back to the community homestay for a well-deserved lunch. Later in the day, we return to Besisahar, where a cozy hotel awaits us for an overnight stay. We will enjoy and celebrate our dinner, ensuring a delightful conclusion to a day filled with adventure. With a successful day of honey hunting, we bring this honey-hunting tour to a satisfying end.

  • Accommodation Gateway Himalaya
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch, dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1400 m

Sometimes, due to the local culture, festivals, traditions, and rituals, we may not get the hunting date as per the planning. So, this day we can use as a contingency day for this trip. If things go as per the plan, we'll take you on beautiful hikes around the Besisahar. There is one popular village called Ghalegaon or an ancient palace called Lamjung Durbar. We can explore any of these places during this day.

  • Accommodation Local Homestay/Gateway Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1500 m

On this day, enjoying a delightful breakfast, we start our return journey to Kathmandu. En route, a delightful lunch awaits at a strategically chosen spot along the way. Upon reaching Kathmandu, your hotel drop-off is our priority, ensuring a seamless conclusion to your travels.

As part of our dedication to your comfort, we take care of your final meal, ensuring a heartwarming dining experience. Moreover, we manage all the details for your hotel accommodation, contributing to a smooth and hassle-free conclusion to your trip.

  • Accommodation Kantipur Village Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m

Our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included

  • International and domestic airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 2x nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast (Kantipur Village Hotel)
  • 2x nights hotel accommodations in Besisahar (Gateway Himalaya Resort)
  • 2x nights accommodations in the local homestay with local meals 
  • Protective Clothes: Beekeeping suit, Gloves, Beekeeping Hat
  • Safety Equipment: First aid kit, EpiPen (if allergic to bee stings), Protective Goggles
  • Maps and Navigation Tools
  • Daily mineral water, warm water, packed snacks 
  • An experienced hunting guide and crew team
  • 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your honey-hunting period 
  • 2 Kilos of Raw wild honey worth (177USD per KG)
  • Photography and Filming of the trip
  • Hiking near the Besisahar (Lamjung Durbar/Ghalegaun)
  • Local permits and fees 
  • All the required government taxes and company charges 
  • Nepal Visa and visa fees
  • International Flights to/from Nepal
  • Travel Insurance for Nepal 
  • Tips for the hunting guide and crew team (Tipping is expected)
  • Personal Expenses such as cold/ hard drinks, laundry, and extra foods that are not mentioned in the inclusive
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu and Besisahar due to the weather issues or any other consequences is not in our control
  • Personal wear and equipment
  • Any other expenses not mentioned on the inclusive

Dates & Price

Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
dateMay 15, 2024 - May 21, 2024StatusGuaranteed priceUS$1290
dateMay 20, 2024 - May 26, 2024StatusGuaranteed priceUS$1290

Additional Info

Essential gear required for you

  • Backpacking Pack (Extended, 65-75L)
  • Base Layer Tops and Bottoms (Lightweight, Synthetic or Cotton)
  • Gloves
  • Hiking Hats and boots
  • Hiking Pants (Quick-Dry, Lightweight) and socks
  • Insulated Jacket or Vest
  • Large Plastic Garbage Bag
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Pack Rain Cover
  • Personal Bathroom Kit: Toilet Paper, Ziplock Bags, Personal Wipes, Hand Cleaner
  • Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
  • Rain Jacket (Hooded, Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Rain Pants (Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Sunblock and Lip Balm
  • Sunglasses and Accessories
  • Water Bottles (Three 1-Litre) or Hydration System Plus One 1-Litre Water Bottle
  • Camera and Accessories

Kindly be aware that participation in this trip is contingent upon sticking to the booking guidelines specified in our company policies. We request you to thoroughly examine this information, and in case you have any queries, feel free to get in touch with us.

Once you've enrolled, you will receive comprehensive details and extra information about the trip, ensuring you are adequately prepared for the upcoming journey.


Being ready for sudden temperature declines of 20 to 30°C and unforeseen rainstorms is crucial. Moreover, in the Alpine region of Lamjung, there's a notable contrast between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Expect daytime temperatures around 25 to 30°C, while evenings can drop 20 to 25°C. Afternoon rain and wind are common occurrences during the summer. You can also checkout the blog for Best Weather Forecast Apps.

For Single Clients

Homestay lodgings include shared rooms, with solo travelers paired with a same-gender tent companion for a restful stay. Conversely, hotels offer single accommodations to guarantee both privacy and convenience.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend acquiring travel insurance to safeguard your travel investment. Obtaining travel insurance offers major protection and ensures peace of mind throughout your entire journey.

Airline Tickets

Before you buy your airline tickets, we request that you consult with us to confirm that the trip has attained the minimum number of participants needed for confirmation. This step is important to avoid any inconvenience or cancellations arising from an insufficient number of participants.


Q1. Are private Mad Honey Hunting tours available?

Yes, private Mad Honey Hunting tours are often available for those searching for a more complete experience. Contact Footprint Adventure for further details.

Mad Honey is accepted to have medicinal properties and is used for different health purposes, including treating pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and stress.

Yes, Mad Honey Hunting is legal in Nepal, and its harvesting is intensely rooted in local traditions.

The perfect time for Honey Hunting in Nepal is during the spring and autumn seasons, providing the most suitable weather conditions and visibility.

While there might not be strict age restrictions/limits, participants are normally expected to be in good health. Further details about the Honey hunting package can be obtained from the tour operator.

When consumed within the limit, Mad Honey is generally considered safe. However, excessive intake may lead to negative effects due to the presence of Grayanotoxin.


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