Meet the psychedelic honey-hunters of Nepal


"One month a year, giant Himalayan bees, the biggest bees in the world, come to collect nectar from a poisonous flower, giving the honey they make certain medicinal, aphrodisiac, and hallucinogenic properties."

In this short documentary, filmmaker Raphael Treza meets with a Nepalese tribe to learn about this honey, and how they use it. During the making of the film, the translator eats too much of the honey and falls unconscious.

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Teen claims world record for kicking oneself in head


By kicking himself 134 times in the head in 60 seconds, Nepalese teen Puskar Nepal has booted the previous champion from the record books.

Puskar Nepal says he hopes to bring attention to the poor of Sindhupalchowk district.

"Practicing for the act was tough. Before my record attempt, I practiced very hard for eight, nine months so that my body stayed flexible because the act needs to have me bend over for a minute," he told Metro. Read the rest

Temple of people

This Tibetan-style temple was constructed from people. The work, by Trina Merry, was mean to raise awareness of Beyond the Four Walls, a social business venture to support women in Nepal. Behind-the-scenes video below. More details at Laughing Squid. Read the rest

The Honey Hunters of Nepal

Photo: Andrew Newey.

Here's a stunning series of images by photographer Andrew Newey of Nepalese honey hunters. Newey spent two weeks among the Gurung ethnic group in central Nepal, documenting their traditional beekeeping practices.

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World's scariest zip-line

A tour operator in Nepal runs what they claim is the world's fastest zip-line, a 1.8km run that drops 600m and attains speeds of 160km/h. Watching the helmetcam sections of this video actually made the blood drain from my face.

What is Zip-flyer? Basically, zipline is a cable mechanism used for transportation across a river, gorge etc. In our context, it is a piece of recreation equipment consisting of a cable stretched between point of different elevations, a pulley, and a harness or a bar for attaching a rider, who moves by gravity. Zip-flyer Nepal also works with the same mechanism and is categorized as an adventure sports.

How long is it and what would be its max speed? Well, its 1.8 km long and has the speed of 160kmph making it the world’s most extreme ride.

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