Mad Honey Hunter’s Life

Gurung and Tamang caste up in the himalayan region of Nepal have this unique tradition of Mad Honey hunting. It’s is considered as one of the rarest sport in the world. The honey collected by hairy giant bees a breed of Apis dorsata laboriosa. 

The life of honey hunters are very simple in the vicinity of rural mountain areas close to dense forest and white snowy peaks. Hunter’s are farmers and shepherds. They follow traditional farming practices like growing maize, rice, beans, potatoes and also rare flock of sheep during rainy season. 

During spring April-May-June and Autumn September-October hunter spend most of their time in the forest, clearing way, braiding bamboo shoot, after the handmade ladder is prepared. The honey harvesting begins on the rocky cliffs. They leave home for 1 to 2 weeks living on the cave and hunting during day far from human habitat. 

Hunter’s work in community with shared task, every participant has unique and important role to play. The veteran honey hunters climb the ladder while the younger ones go to support in hunting and carrying harvested basket of honey. Some light the fire from the special green leaves to smoke out the aggressive bee population and come work to filter and transport honey to a safer place. 

This way honey is brought after weeklong handwork and is bartered with grans and beans in the nearby village and some sold to honey traders. After this audacious task, the hunter’s community is back to farming and animal husbandry work as a householder. 

With the effort Nepali entrepreneurs and start up like BEST MAD HONEY — is making this rare honey accessible in the globally. 

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