In the lofty Himalayas, the Apis laboriosa, the largest bee species, produces Mad Honey when feeding on high-altitude Rhododendron nectar. This honey, containing intoxicating grayanotoxins, is collected by daring honey hunters in Nepal’s Lamjung region. Risking steep cliffs, they use bamboo and local flora for ropes and baskets. Beyond its recreational use, Mad Honey is employed for medicinal purposes, treating colds, flu, stomach issues, and more. This participatory documentary explores the perilous tradition of honey harvesting in Nepal, highlighting its cultural significance, diverse applications, and the intoxicating effects on humans.


  • Roj Eli Zalla: Writer
  • Roj Eli Zalla: Producer


  • Project Type: Documentary
  • Genres: Nature
  • Runtime: 24 minutes 37 seconds
  • Production Budget: 16,600 USD
  • Country of Origin: Iraq
  • Country of Filming: Nepal
  • Language: English
  • Shooting Format: Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color

Distribution Information

  • Rudaw Media Network
    Distributor Country: Iraq
    Rights :All Rights