The Last Honey Hunter: Behind the Scenes
Climber and filmmaker Renan Ozturk has been coming to Nepal for 15 years to climb in the high Himalaya. This time around he set out to explore a lesser-known
culture, those who are not in the limelight of Mount Everest and whose way of life is disappearing. Watch the behind the scenes as Ozturk and writer
Mark Synnott battle brutal conditions to capture Mauli and what could be the last traditional honey harvest.
Renan and team are tracking Mauli, the last hunter in his village who pursues a hallucinogenic ‘red’ honey, known in equal measure for its medicinal properties and its value on the black markets across Asia. Without any protective equipment, Mauli will spend all day suspended hundreds of feet above the ground from hand made bamboo rope while engulfed in a swarm of angry bees. As roads and technology change the landscape of such wild places across the globe, these ancient traditions are under threat, making this story important to document the traditions are lost.
Read the story here: The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal