Honey hunting involves gathering honey from the nests of wild honey bees, and Nepal is especially rich in honeybee diversity, with at least five different honeybee species found in the country. The art of honey hunting is an ancient practice of aboriginal communities who use equipment made of local materials, especially bamboo and bamboo-based fiber materials. The honey hunters of Nepal usually use the following tools when going honey hunting: prang (long bamboo ladders, some as long as 70 m); tokari (bamboo basket); chhyakhal (basket lining); tango (long bamboo stick with a sickle at one end); saaton (bamboo stick with notched end); chcora (filter); donga (wooden wax pot); dabilo (wooden knife); and different kinds of ropes made of bamboo fibers for different functions, such as uab, pecho koili cho, koho cho, tuju, and whibe.
Here are best 15 photos of Honey Hunters of Nepal by Eric Valli:
Photos Source: Eric Valli