Whether you're trekking in Nepal, hiking in New Zealand or planning to explore the jungles of Borneo, travel insurance is a really good idea.
What could possibly go wrong???
Trekking can be fun, but when something goes wrong, it can become much more serious than when you're at home.
There’s the more common injuries like sprained ankles or broken bones but then there's the less obvious things like altitude sickness, food poisoning, hypothermia, appendix ruptures, skin infections and respiratory infections.
If any of these happen to you at 3,900m up a mountain then you're probably going to want to get to a nearby hospital fast.
Altitude sickness is one of the most common and can happen at surprising low altitudes. While many sensibly turn around early, others continue on until they start to vomit - and then they'll need an emergency helicopter evacuation to a lower altitude.
Many travel insurance policies don't cover people above 4,000 meters, which is a bit limiting when popular treks like Everest Base camp and The Annapurna Circuit have passes over 5,000 meters.
What's covered by World Nomads Travel Insurance
World Nomads travel insurance covers Trekking & Hiking up to 6,000 metres. That'll cover Annapurna or Everest Base camp.
When buying your policy, make sure you choose the right plan with the correct activity level for the Trekking/Hiking you’ll be doing, so there’s cover available for medical evacuation and medical costs should the unexpected happen while up in the mountains.
Before you go, read our trekking advice on what to take, how to stay safe, and what to do if something goes wrong.
Top questions about Trekking.
Can I upgrade my existing policy to include trekking?
After a policy has been purchased, I’m afraid we are unable to upgrade any of the policy options. A separate policy with a higher level of hiking & trekking cover can be purchased just to cover the time you’ll be up in the mountains though.
Am I covered for trekking up to 6000 metres and for helicopter evacuation from mountainous areas?
Yes, some World Nomads plans can cover hiking/trekking up to 6,000m so make sure you choose the correct plan with hiking/trekking cover. If evacuation by helicopter is deemed medically necessary and there is no other suitable option for transport available, our emergency assistance team must be contacted to approve and help coordinate the evacuation. Cover does not include search and rescue.
All travel insurance plans are different and cover will vary, depending what's happened, your country of residence, the plan you choose and any options or upgrades you buy. Your policy will always have the full details.
If you have questions about what's covered and not covered, just ask us.