General Information

Posted by Andy on Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Travel insurance
A travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage,theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. 
 
Rescue insurance
If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter or charter flight from a remote airstrip only if you have definite proof you can pay for it.It costs more than US$ 2500 for a helicopter evacuation from 4000m near Mt. Everest and up to US$ 5000 for a rescue in the far west. All trek organizers, including iTrekNepal, have an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. It’s then up to you to obtain reimbursement from your insurance company. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation. Also check that your insurance policy does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim. Although you will not engage in such activities, you may not be able to convince a flatland insurance company of this fact.

 
 

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iTrekNepal can facilitate optional emergency helicopter rescue insurance (if selected on the preliminary booking form).


 

Helicopter Rescue
There are a few reliable medical posts in the hills, such as the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) posts at Pheriche and Manang, and the Khunde Hospital which are all staffed by Western doctors. However, most accidents or illnesses will occur in the absence of reliable medical care. If you find yourself ill or injured in the mountains, here are the steps iTrekNepal will take to rescue you.Our staff will try to treat the medical problem themselves. If altitude sickness is suspected, we will descend with the victim immediately.For the more serious medical problems emergency helicopter rescues will be arranged by iTrekNepal.If helicopter exfiltration is possible, it may be necessary to transport the patient to a place where it is possible to land the helicopter. 

NoteiTrekNepal can facilitate optional emergency helicopter rescue insurance (if selected on the booking form).

 

Guaranteeing Payment

Helicopter rescue services will rarely come to your aid without you either making a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu.

If you are trekking with iTrekNepal we will arrange the rescue and initial payments, but the victim is responsible for reimbursing the cost of the flight which can be as high as USD 2000 per hour. Again, make sure you have insurance covering emergency helicopter rescue.