Trekking hours through the steep mountains, one group led by experienced honey hunter Devi Bahadur Napali carried food, bamboo ropes, sharp bamboo sticks and other tools needed to harvest the honey.
Honey hunters climb a hill carrying rope and other tools required for harvesting cliff honey in Dolakha, 115 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 19, 2021.
Nepali climbed up a ladder made from bamboo rope with a sharp bamboo stick in one hand and a basket in another – the stick to break off the hives and the basket to collect them.
Devi Bahadur Nepali, an experienced honey hunter, climbs a bamboo rope to harvest cliff honey in Dolakha, 115 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 19, 2021.
Nepali’s hands were swollen badly. He was stung on his hands, feet and elsewhere on his body. He drinks the alcoholic beverage, he said, to make the pain bearable.
Nepalese honey hunter Devi Bahadur Nepali shows his swollen hands after being stung by bees while harvesting in Dolakha, 115 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 20, 2021.