6 days tour

Kathmandu To Kolkata Group Overland Tour

This tour includes:


A driver/guide is provided for this tour.


Eating well is a very important factor on our expeditions and good food is vital for everyone’s health and well-being. We always strive to provide you with one healthy, wholesome and plentiful meal every day, usually breakfast at the hotel. Occasionally we may decide to cook lunch or dinner using our own kitchen on the truck but in general you are responsible for your own lunches and dinners. 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.


Use of our own custom-built expedition vehicle and equipment Diesel, mechanics, shipping and any other costs relating to the vehicle Ferry tickets (when travelling as a group) An average of 1 meal per day (usually breakfast) All accommodation costs (100% hotels/guest-houses/hostels) National Park entry fees when we enter as a group with our vehicle Local transportation costs if required


You will spend 100% of your time on this expedition staying in local hotels, guest houses and hostels. There is no camping on this tour. We always try to use decent, clean budget hotels, guest houses and 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.


We will be travelling in a purpose-built Madventure overland vehicle 80% of the time on this expedition. A standard bus simply wouldn’t be able to tackle many of the roads we travel on. The other 20% of the time we will be travelling on local jeeps, buses & boats. Please be aware that if our vehicle is refused entry into Bangladesh (as sometimes happens) we will conduct that part of the tour on local transport while our truck transits around to meet us at the border near Kolkata. The overland vehicle we use is a custom-built expedition truck which can accommodate up to 36 people 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 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. We usually carry 500 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. should we ever need to prepare a meal on the truck. All our vehicles are 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. Fold up chairs are provided for outdoor seating and we also have a large tarpaulin to keep us dry on those rainy days. 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.

Not included:


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. Nepal Mt Everest flight £110 2 day Annapurna Mountains trek £150 Paragliding, Pokhara £100 1 day rafting trip, Pokhara £30 Elephant safari, Chitwan NP £30 Walking safari, Chitwan NP £10 Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Monastery £6 Dordenma Buddha Free Punakha Dzong Free India Gangtok Zoo £3 Victoria Memorial £3 Belur Math Free South Park Street Cemetery Free Bangladesh Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal Free Ratargul swamp forest tour £20 Lalbagh Fort £2 Ahsan Manzil Palace £5 2 night/3 day Sundarbans NP boat tour £150


Personal travel insurance Personal spending money (£120 – £150 per week recommended) Visas & Letters of Invitation (approximately £200 depending on nationality) Lunches & evening meals Accommodation upgrades Entrance fees to optional sites and national parks Any optional activities Any flights (no flights expected during tour)


No flights included or expected during this tour.


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.com If 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 Kolkata Group Overland Tour

  • Day 1 Day 1-8: Nepal
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 1-8: Nepal

      Our tour begins in Kathmandu, a travelers paradise with an old town is steeped in history where the smell of incense wafts through the air as you marvel at the pagodas & temples adorning the squares. 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. Our last stop in Nepal is at Chitwan National Park where you have the option to explore the park on foot or on elephant back in search of the rhinos, sloth bears & tigers that inhabit the area.

  • Day 2 Day 9-16: India
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 9-16: 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
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      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 2020. 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 169ft Dordenma Buddha, the National Library containing the world’s biggest book and if we are lucky we will get a 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.

Experience Style

Experience Style


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.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level


This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating


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.

Age range

Age range

Min: 18 / Max: 80

Age range allowed for this experience.

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