nepal's honeycombs

The psychotropic honey hunters and why there won’t be much longer

Himalayan overhangs
Himalayan overhangs

We are in Nepal, here there are the Himalayan giant bees, the largest in the world.

These bees have the peculiarity that on spring, produce a psychotropic honey. This because these insects go to feed themselves on flowers which ih this periods produce a toxins (grayanotoxin) that consequently went into the honey, that so take the name of red or crazy.  


nepal's honeycombs
Nepal’s honeycombs

The brave hunters are from the population of Kulung. Their task is to climb up steep rock faces, up to 100 meters.                       After that they, without any special harness or protection (in fact they got between 20-40 bites), detach honeycombs set in the rock, with a weight of about 132 – 154 libre. Unfortunately, only one of the hunter remained. His name is Mauli Dhan Rai, he is 58 years old and has been practicing this activity since the age of 16.

One of the things that drives hunters to risk their lives every time is their value side. Infact on the clandestine market have a value between 60 and 80 dollars a pound.

National Geographic Channel

To tell this incredible story, National Geographic Channel and The North Face have made a documentary film. This product will be released in theaters in 2018 and will be called “The Last Honey Hunter”.

Here you can see a short video that shows a behind the scenes of the recordings.

Effects of the honey


The effects can vary from person to person and also depending on the season. That is to say that it can go from a slight intoxicating sensation or it can also act as a medicine, as people in the village do. Or it can lead to sensations that are anything but pleasant, such as strong rejection (vomit or diarrhea), temporary blindness and one can remain in a conscious state but paralyzed for several hours.

Future of the bees

As we said Mauli is the last remaining hunter and no one is more willing to take his place. As a result that the people prefer to move to the city.
Furthermore, the total number of bees is falling. As a result of the choice of the Nepalese government to adopt a less environmental line.
For now the bees are there and will continue to be there but we pre-fuck the how much…

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