Farmers Risk Their Lives Climbing Mountains and Enduring Bee Stings—All for Honey


In Nepal, Gurung honey farmers climb the highest mountains and allow the largest bees, Apis laboriosa, to sting them just so they can get their precious harvest—the bees’ nest.

The business of honey-hunting is a tradition that has been around since thousands of years ago. But the production of honey in the area is expected to cease due to climate change, the growing demand for honey, and intrusive tourists.

In 2013, honey harvester allowed photographer Andrew Newey to document how they collect honey, providing he doesn’t add trouble to the bees.

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Honey hunting is a tradition by the Gurungs of Nepal that started more than a thousand years back

Photographer Andrew Newey was able to capture the process before the tradition ceases to exist

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