We’ve recently been in contact with Major Ram in Kathmandu. He was very excited to report that the honey hunting is currently taking place at Lamakhet. They have harvested 75 colonies with an average of 45 kilo per colony. Each of those involved will take home 20 kilos. This is the highest harvest that anyone there can remember.
Bees Abroad have had several years’ association with the Lamakhet honey-hunters, and our patron, Jimmy Doherty, made a TV programme about the social and conservation issues that surround this traditional harvesting technique (link to BBC website here). One of the major concerns is to ensure the sustainability of the harvest – for example, by leaving some of the nests undisturbed.
Ram said that the River Madi has swept away the road and footpath by the cliff so it is no longer a trekking route through. The new road has been taken over the top of the cliff rather than along by the river. This means that the bees will be left undisturbed by passers by – again good news for the bees.
Major Ram is discussing with Bees Abroad Trading about another honey-hunting trip, tentatively slated for March 2014. Further details will be circulated as soon as they are available.