Safety & Insurance

Safety & Insurance

SAFE TREKKING IN NEPAL

Nepal is a safe country to travel provided the basics are observed. A member of our team will always stay at the back of the group and during the nights our sirdars will stay awake to keep a night watch. However the best way to avoid risk while trekking is through proper planning, playing by the rules and realizing human limitations in the areas of snow and landslides.

Some safety tips to remember:

  • Do not trek alone
  • Do not make a display of wealth
  • Keep belongings secure and within sight
  • For women, don’t attract unwanted sexual attraction either by dress or friendliness with strangers.
  • Make arrangements for handling emergency situations before hand
  • Register personal information and trekking plan details with respective embassies
  • Buy travel insurance policy that covers helicopter rescue cost and leave a copy of details at our office in Kathmandu
  • Choose only authorized government registered trekking agencies, guides and porters

INSURANCE

When traveling it is always sensible to have some sort of travel insurance and medical insurance. However many policies exclude climbing with ropes so for 8000m expeditions insurance is a lot more difficult to find and therefore is not compulsory. Climbing or trekking into remote areas without insurance means you must pay for any rescue in full.

Trekking only

For our treks in Nepal you may want emergency health insurance that includes trekking at higher altitudes (called different things, but usually high-risk activities or adventure holidays…) and helicopter evacuation. If trekking/climbing in remote areas, be sure that the policy covers all that we are doing on the trek, whether it is just trekking or adventure or guided mountaineering.

Climbing

For 8000m expeditions it is good to have insurance. There are not many policies out there that cover climbing with ropes above 6000m, some however have no exclusions (IHI for example). If you are from the UK the best policy is the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC’s) insurance policy and from the USA the American Alpine Club’s. There are also some policies that only cover helicopter evacuation, that can be combined with medical insurance.

Home options

First talk with your household insurer, your medical insurer (especially if you live in the USA or Canada). Your household insurer or your medical insurer should be able to offer a cheaper policy. However make sure it covers the specific activities of your tour, such as trekking, adventure or guided mountaineering.

Nepal Options

Other options

Search the internet.

Here is a list of companies that provide health and travel insurance for both long and short trips, both travelers and expats, just about everything you need is here.

IHI.com, based in Denmark. Look at them first as they don’t have any exclusions
www.travelinsured.com
allaboardbenefits.com
highway2health.com
champion-ins.com
www.isis-travelinsurance.com
alltripinsurance.com
internationalsos.com

No rescue in Tibet

It is worth understanding that in Tibet there are no golden hour rescues – Tibetan government does not allow any helicopters in their sky. Any evacuation is normally carried out by our sherpas team with the help of some of our climbers to get you off the mountain, and then a yak or horse if you cannot walk to base camp. From there you drive back to Kathmandu where a western-staffed clinic can assist you.

Everest Base Camp
15 Days
$ 1399/INR 69999/-PP


ABC Trek
11 Days
$ 1399/INR 69999/-PP

Central Tibet Tour
8 Days
$ 999/INR 49000/-PP


Namsto & EBC
8 Days
$ 1499/INR 99999/-PP

Kailash Yatra
10 Days
$ 2999/INR 165000/-PP


8 Days Ex.Lucknow
8 Days
$ 2499/INR 149000/-PP

Best of Bhutan
8 Days
$ 1799 / INR24555/-PP


Part Druk Path Trek
8 Days
$ 1999/INR 59999/-PP

Golden Triangle
7 Days
$ 499/INR 13999/-PP


Sikkim & Darjeeling
7 Days
$ 1199/INR 29999/-PP

Amazing Thailand
6 Days
$ 399/INR 11999/-PP


Best of Bali
5 Days
$ 299/INR 9999/-PP