13 days tour
Kathmandu To Cairo Group Overland Tour
Driver/guide is included on this tour.
Eating well is a very important factor on our expeditions and good food is vital for everyone’s health and well-being. When staying in hotels, guest-houses & hostels we always strive to provide you with one healthy, wholesome and plentiful meal every day, usually breakfast at the hotel. For lunch we usually stop at a cheap local restaurant giving you a chance to taste the local fare. In the evenings after you are checked into the hotel you are free to choose where you want to eat. Local food is generally very cheap so if you are on a budget then eat what the locals eat. Western restaurants tend to be more expensive.When we are camping we usually eat breakfast and the evening meal from the truck. Occasionally we may prepare lunch on the truck when we are in remote areas.Please note that there is no camping until we reach the UAE so there will not be many times we eat on the truck until then.When it comes to shopping and cooking while camping we will divide ourselves up into groups of 3 or 4 people (depending on group size) who will shop for and prepare the day’s meals and clean up at the end. This will work out that you roughly get to cook once every 10 days (depending on group size).Fresh food is generally available daily so when we are camping we try to eat meat and vegetables for every main evening meal. We do also cater for vegetarians but we cannot cater for fussiness. In these group situations everybody must appreciate we cannot cater for individual likes and dislikes.Don’t worry if you are not a gourmet cook as your crew are also always there to give advice.Our overland truck for the Asia section of the tour is equipped with a small fridge which is used for lunch or dinner food only when we have to prepare a meal on the truck. For personal food & drinks we have cooler boxes for everyone to use.Our coach for the Arabia section of the tour is equipped with cooler boxes which are primarily used for the cook group’s breakfast & dinner food. Personal fresh food & cold drinks can be bought regularly at service station stops throughout the day so we do not provide cooler boxes for personal items.Cleanliness plays an important role throughout this expedition and your crew will make sure an acceptable level of general hygiene is maintained throughout your journey to ensure the wellbeing of the group.
SServices of your expedition leader & driverTransportation in custom-built Madventure overland truck, private air-conditioned coach, jeeps, local buses & boats, plus use of all equipmentDiesel, mechanics, shipping and any other costs relating to the vehicleFerry tickets (when travelling together as a group)160 breakfasts, 22 evening mealsAll accommodation costs (85% hotels, guest houses & hostels, 15% wild camping)National Park entry fees when we enter as a group with our vehicle
You will spend 85% of your time on this expedition staying in local hotels, guest houses, hostels & boats. The other 15% of the time you will be in your tent wild camping.Please note that on this tour there is no camping until we reach the UAE.We always try to use decent, clean budget hotels, guest houses & hostels, however, taking into consideration the sometimes unpredictable nature of this expedition and the remoteness of some of the areas we visit, please be aware that in some circumstances we just have to take what we can get – good or bad. When staying in hotels, guest houses & hostels you can expect to share your room with other expedition members of both sexes.There is usually an opportunity for anyone to upgrade to a single room or a superior room if they so wish. All accommodation upgrades are at your own expense.On this tour when we camp we will be wild camping by ourselves out in the bush or in the desert as campgrounds generally don’t exist in Arabia. The majority of our wild camp locations are usually very scenic and we always strive to find the perfect spot on the banks of a river, overlooking a canyon, behind a dune in the desert, on a beach, etc. but sometimes we just have to camp wherever we can find a spot.From past experience on expeditions of this length and nature we have found that people prefer to supply their own tents as they are then not forced to share and they can pick a tent that suits their needs. As a general rule, try and choose a good quality lightweight and waterproof free-standing tent that is easy to erect, take down and carry.
From Nepal to the UAE we will mostly be travelling in a purpose-built Madventure overland vehicle. The section through Arabia is mostly conducted in a private air-conditioned coach. Some of the time we will be travelling in local jeeps, buses & boats.The overland vehicle we use from Nepal to the UAE is a custom-built expedition truck which can accommodate up to 36 people although most of our expeditions travel with approximately 25 people.The private air-conditioned coach that we use through Arabia can accommodate up to 52 passengers although most of our expeditions travel with approximately 25 people.Comfort and safety is of course a big factor during expeditions of this length and nature so all our vehicles have high-backed coach seats with safety belts. The seating is on the upper level of the vehicle giving you an almost 360° view of the surrounding scenery.Our vehicles are designed to allow sufficient luggage storage and are also equipped with lockers to keep all your gear safe.Our long range diesel and water tanks ensure our self sufficiency in remote areas and the equipment we take with us is also of vital importance. In case of a breakdown we are equipped with a good selection of spare parts as well as a comprehensive tool kit to undertake any necessary repairs on our own as and when we need to.There may also be times when we get stuck in the sand or mud when travelling off road so all necessary recovery equipment such as sand mats, cables, ropes, shovels and pickaxes are also on board our overland truck.We usually carry at least 200 litres of treated drinking water and we are equipped with a good kitchen which includes all cutlery, plates, cups, pots, pans, utensils, gas cooker, BBQ grate, etc. for when we prepare meals on the vehicle.Our overland truck for the Asia section of the tour is equipped with a small fridge which is used for lunch or dinner food only when we have to prepare a meal on the truck. For personal food & drinks we have cooler boxes for everyone to use.Our coach for the Arabia section of the tour is equipped with cooler boxes which are primarily used for the cook group’s breakfast & dinner food. Personal fresh food & cold drinks can be bought regularly at service station stops throughout the day so we do not provide cooler boxes for personal items.Fold up chairs are provided for outdoor seating.Our vehicles are equipped with USB charging points only so try and bring all of your important electronic devices such as telephone, tablet & head-torch to charge from a USB socket. We do not have a 120V or 240V power supply on the vehicle but you will have the opportunity to charge your 120/240V electronic equipment at the hotels we stay at.We carry a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies but we recommend you bring your own for general use.
No flights included or expected during this tour.
Personal travel insurancePersonal spending money (£120 – £150 per week recommended)Visas (approximately £750 depending on nationality)Lunches & evening meals when in hotelsLunches when campingAccommodation upgradesEntrance fees to optional sites & national parksAny optional activities & excursionsInternational & domestic flights (no domestic flights expected during tour)Tent, roll mat, sleeping bag & pillowTips (USD $200 per crew member recommended)
Below is a list of the most popular optional excursions along with the most recent prices. Prices can of course change and are not controlled in any way by Madventure so please use the list below as an approximate guide only.NEPALMt Everest flight £1102 day Annapurna Mountains trek £150Paragliding, Pokhara £1001 day rafting trip, Pokhara £30Elephant safari, Chitwan NP £30Walking safari, Chitwan NP £10 BHUTANTiger’s Nest Monastery £6Dordenma Buddha FreePunakha Dzong Free BANGLADESHShrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal FreeRatargul swamp forest tour £20Lalbagh Fort £2Ahsan Manzil Palace £52 night/3 day Sundarbans NP boat tour £150 INDIAGangtok Zoo £3Victoria Memorial £3Belur Math FreeSouth Park Street Cemetery FreeBodhgaya sites FreeVaranasi sunrise boat tour £5Bara & Chota Imambara combined ticket £6Taj Mahal £15India Gate FreeHumayun’s Tomb £5River Lotus Temple FreeOutb’minar (Stone Tower) £5Nek Chand’s Rock Garden £1Golden Temple Free PAKISTANLahore Fort £1Lahore museum £2Badshahi Mosque £1Rohtas Fort £3Truck workshop FreeDudipat day hike guide fee £10Nanga Parbat base camp hike guide fee £25Herrligkoffer base camp hike guide fee £15Shigar Fort £1Kharpocho Fort £1Altit Fort £3Baltit Fort £3Duiker Hunza Valley sunset trip £10Taxila £1 IRANBam mud brick city £3Kaluts half day tour £30Yazd city tour £7Isfahan city tour £7Persepolis ruins £4Persepolis museum £4 UNITED ARAB EMIRATESMleiha Archaeological Site £6Sharjah museum £3Burj Khalifa entry & elevator to viewing platform £50Jubail Mangrove Park £4Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque FreeLouvre Art Gallery Abu Dhabi £13Emirates National Auto Museum £12Al Ain fort FreeAl Ain Palace museum FreeAl Ain camel market £8 OMANSulaif Castle FreeAl Ayn Beehive Tombs FreeJabreen Castle £7Bahla Fort £1Wadi Ghul Balcony Walk FreeAl Hootah Cave £16Nizwa Fort £11Frankincense grove FreeWadi Darbat FreeRas al Jinz Turtle Reserve £17Sur dhow boat building yard £2Wadi Shab ferry £2Sultan Qaboos Mosque FreeNational museum £10Nakhal Fort £3 QATARSouq Waqif FreeMuseum of Islamic Art FreeNational Museum of Qatar £11 BAHRAINNational museum £2Beit Al Quran Free KUWAITGrand Mosque FreeKuwait Towers £1Tareq Rajab Museum £1Scientific Centre & Aquarium £20 SAUDI ARABIAAl-Qarah Hill £11Buraidah camel market FreeUshaiger Heritage Village FreeEdge of the World £70At-Turaif open-air museum £12Riyadh National Museum £2Masmak Fortress FreeMurabba Palace £2Kingdom Tower elevator to viewing platform £15Al Habala village FreeAl Yanfa village FreeMt Soudah FreeRijal Almaa £5Farasan Islands return ferry FreeAl Balad old town FreeWahaba Crater FreeMedina hop-on hop-off bus £18Elephant Rock, AlUla FreeLion Tombs of Dedan, AlUla £14Old Town, AlUla £16Madain Saleh, AlUla £22Jubbah Rock Art Free JORDANAmman Citadel £3Roman Theatre £2Jerash £10Petra £60Wadi Rum £6Wadi Rum jeep tour £15EGYPTScuba in Dahab (per dive) £25Mt Sinai day trip £30Cairo Museum £10Pyramids & Sphinx £12
It is compulsory that every person who travels with Madventure obtain travel insurance for the complete duration of the tour. Proof of travel insurance must be shown before joining a tour.You may be covered under your credit card’s travel insurance so it might be worth checking with your credit card provider first.There are various travel insurance companies to choose from and a Google search will bring up a vast selection but for a comprehensive reliable policy that includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation we recommend a London based company named Campbell Irvine, Telephone: +44 20 7938 1734, https://microsite.campbellirvinedirect.com/madventure/. They are familiar with what we do so if you mention Madventure and the tour you are travelling on they should be able to provide excellent cover for you.For people based in North America a company called Allianz offers good cover – Telephone: +1 866 884 3556, www.allianztravelinsurance.comIf you choose to obtain your travel insurance through another company please ensure you read the small-print and make sure your policy includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation.
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Itinerary of your trip Kathmandu To Cairo Group Overland Tour
- Day 1 Day 1-7: Nepal
Day 1-7: Nepal
Our tour begins in Kathmandu, a tourist hub steeped in history where the smell of incense hangs heavy in the air of the alleyways & squares adorned with pagodas & temples. The scenic flight over Mt Everest is also a must-do. Please note that we depart Kathmandu the day after the tour starts so if you would like more time here you should arrive a few days prior to departure. Heading west we reach Pokhara at the foothills of the Himalayas. This mellow little town is situated around a beautiful sheltered lake and surrounded by snow capped mountains. A great place to relax and/or gear up for a short trek into the stunning Annapurna range. At our last stop in Nepal you have the option of visiting Chitwan National Park on foot or even on elephant back allowing you to explore the jungle in search of the rhinos, sloth bears & tigers that inhabit the area.
- Day 2 Day 8-16: India
Day 8-16: India
Leaving our truck in Siliguri we now take jeeps up narrow switchback roads into the Himalayas to explore the towns of Gangtok & Kalimpong where you have the opportunity to visit Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, Royal palaces and an impressive zoo where you can see red pandas, Himalayan bears and even snow leopards roaming enclosures so large you will need patience to see them. We continue to the town of Darjeeling set impressively on a steep ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by the world’s 3rd highest peak Mt. Khangchendzonga. Once out of the Indian Himalayas we collect our truck in Siliguri and continue our journey towards the peaceful land of Bhutan.
- Day 3 Day 17-22: Bhutan
Day 17-22: Bhutan
Bhutan is an exciting new destination in the world of overland travel and we will be pioneering a new route through here with our truck in 2023. Our first night here is spent at Phuentsholing, Bhutan’s 2nd largest town, where we will get our first taste of a relaxed country where they measure their wealth by the ‘Gross National Happiness Index’. After visiting the Kharbandi Gonpa Monastery we climb steeply into the Himalayas hugging the banks of the Wang Chu River and arrive at Paro where you will have the opportunity to hike up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most iconic site. In the capital Thimphu you will have the chance to visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, the impressive 169 ft Dordenma Buddha, the National Library containing the world’s biggest book and if we are lucky we will get to witness Bhutan’s national sport during an archery demonstration. Our next stop is at the majestic Punakha Dzong, probably the country’s most beautiful structure. Nearby we also visit the temple of the Divine Madman in an area where phalluses are painted on most of the village walls and childless women come to seek blessings. Our last night in Bhutan is spent at the border town of Gelephu before we exit back into Northeast India.
Tour leaving from Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal; it is an exuberant place full of sights, sounds, and smells that are captivating. Kathmandu’s name comes from a structure of the Durbar square which is called Kasthamandap; its origin goes back to the word ‘Kastha’ in sanskrit, which means wood, as well as the word ‘Mandap’ which means cover.
There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.
This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.
You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.
Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.
Min: 18 / Max: 80
Age range allowed for this experience.
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