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Breathtaking photos show the bi-annual hunt for honey by the Nepalese Gurung tribe

Twice a year, one of the oldest and most dangerous traditions takes place in central Nepal. The Gurung tribe go on a challenging (to say the least) hunt for honey. Photographer Andrew Newey accompanied the tribe on their expedition and says of his time: ‘High in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal, Gurung honey hunters gather twice a year, risking their lives to harvest the honey from the world’s largest honeybee. 

‘For hundreds of years, the skills required to practise this ancient and sacred tradition have been passed down through the generations, but now both the number of bees and traditional honey hunters are in rapid decline as a result of increased commercial interests and climate change.’

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Members of Nepal's Gurung tribe go on a biannual expedition to hunt for honey
The reward for honey hunting is fresh honeycomb
The reward for honey hunting is fresh honeycomb
Members of Nepal's Gurung tribe go on a biannual expedition to hunt for honey
Members of Nepal's Gurung tribe go on a biannual expedition to hunt for honey
Tribesmen suffer for their hunt, as can be seen in this image

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