TAAN participates in Lamjung honey hunting festival
November 25 , 2012
A 17-member delegation of Trekking
Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in a honey hunting festival
organized in Ghanpokhara VDC of Lamjung district on November 22.
TAAN participated in the event as the
association has for the past many years been trying to promote
Ghalegaun-Ghanpokhara among local and foreign tourists. Honey hunting one of
the important events in the area. The association is also studying the
prospects of including honey hunting and canyoning in trekking packages in
The event, which saw participation of
more than 100 people, was organized in Ward No. 8 of Ghanapokhara. It was
organized jointly by Beekeepers Association, Lamjung; District Development
Committee, Lamjung; Mother’s Group of Ghanpokhara; District Agricultural
Development Office, Lamjung and Lamjung Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The honey hunting site in Ghanpokhara-8
can be reached after a trek of two and half hours from nearest motorable road
near Ghimrang. There are many honey hunting sites in and around this Gurung
Honey hunting has been one of the
important sources of livelihood for the people of Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara.
The locals use indigenous techniques to collect honeycombs from steep cliffs.
October-November in winter and April-May in summer are considered the main
seasons for honey harvesting. In recent years, the locals have been trying to
develop honey hunting as a tourism product. A significant chunk of honey, which
is believed to posses medicinal values, harvested in the village is exported to
different international markets, according to the locals.
Speaking on the occasion, Lamjung CDO
Baburam Bhandari said the event could draw many local and foreign tourists if a
calendar of events is made and publicized beforehand. “Nepal Tourism Board
(NTB) can help you in publicizing the event,” Bhandari said.
TAAN President Mahendra Singh Thapa said
though honey hunting is being practiced using native techniques, efforts should
be made to make the process technically sound so as to avoid casualties.
Meanwhile, Sunar Bahadur Gurung, a
renowned mountain guide and a goodwill ambassador of Gorkha district, provided
rock climbing ropes to the honey hunters so that they can harvest honey in a
safer way. “We are ready to give local hunters rock climbing training if
needed,” he added.
Bachchu Narayan Shrestha of Great
Himalaya Trail Development Program/SNV Nepal also participated in the program.
TAAN and SNV Nepal have been exploring and developing trekking trails along the
Great Himalaya Trail.
Along with President Thapa, Senior Vice
President Jangbu Sherpa, 2nd
Vice President Amber Tamang, General
Secretary Mohan Lamsal, Secretary D B Gurung, Treasurer Anjan Thapa and
executive members Gopal Babu Shrestha and Nima Lama, CEO Gangasagar Pant along
with TAAN staffers participated in the festival.