Do you Think you Have a Hard Job? Discover The Ancient Tradition of Himalayan Honey Hunting in Nepal (PHOTO AND VIDEO)

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I wake up everyday to learn something incredible from our mysterious planet. This morning, it was about Himalayan honey hunting in Central Nepal.

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A honey hunter in Himalayan central Nepal. Photo: Andrew Newey

Do you think you have a hard job? These pictures of hanging honey hunters in central Nepal will just blow your mind!

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This is pretty hard job: Honey hunter in Nepal. Photo: Andrew Newey

Twice each year, the Gurung tribespeople of Central Nepal risk their lives collecting wild honey from the world’s largest hives high up on Himalayan cliffs.

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Swarm of bees surrounding a honey hunter in central Nepal. Photo: Andrew Newey

To collect the honey, the hunters use nothing more than handmade rope ladders and long sticks called tangos. Smoke is used to drive thousands of angry Apis laboriosa — the largest honey bee in the world.

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Honey hunters are only using ropes and bees can stich them. Photo: Andrew Newey

The majority of the massive hives are located on steep, south-west facing cliffs to avoid predators and for increases exposure to direct sunlight. The autumn honey hunt requires three days and is preceded by a ceremony meant to placate the cliff gods.

Here a short movie about their epic work! And of course listen to the bees!

You’re a grown up adult in Nepal when you can eat the honey… with the bees around it.

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You should eat honey to become a man!. Photo: Andrew Newey

Travel photographer Andrew Newey recently spent two weeks capturing this ancient but dying art.

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