Travel Insurance Cover for Everest Base Camp 

We occasionally receive inquiries about our ability to arrange travel insurance for our clients. However, based on our experience over the years, climbers prefer to directly communicate with insurers. This is because, in the event of a claim, there is a significant amount of information exchange, which is generally more efficiently managed through direct communication rather than involving an intermediary.

Nevertheless, if an insurance claim arises, we are typically requested to provide a company letter that explains the circumstances of what occurred on the mountain and why the specific action, such as evacuation, was taken in the claimant's best interests, forming the basis of the claim.

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When acquiring insurance, it is advisable to directly obtain confirmation from the insurer regarding the specific coverage provided. This is important because even if a particular policy has historically covered a specific contingency and has been recommended by a friend or travel company for that reason, the insurer may have subsequently decided to exclude coverage for that contingency. This situation often arises when a significant number of claims are made within such contingencies, leading the insurer to conclude that raising the premium cost to mitigate the increased payout risk is likely to discourage the purchase of that particular policy.

When securing an insurance policy therefore, probably the most important question to ask therefore, is:

Does this policy definitely cover me to 6,000m altitude (since Everest Base Camp has an altitude of 5,364m), and if so, what are the exclusions that apply at high altitude and what is the threshold beyond which these exclusions apply?

Which Insurer is Best for Nepal?

Some insurers do better for persons of certain nationalities only, so the following insurers are also worth looking at. However, we would reiterate again, that before securing a policy you confirm with the insurer that the premium that they're selling you does indeed include cover for trekking up to 6,000 metres altitude.

Helicopter Rescue on Everest Base Camp Trek

There are evacuation helicopter services available on Everest. In case of emergencies or serious medical conditions, helicopters can be called upon to evacuate climbers or trekkers from higher elevations to lower altitudes or to Kathmandu for medical treatment.

These helicopter rescue services are typically coordinated by trekking agencies, mountaineering companies, or the Nepal government. They work in collaboration with helicopter companies that specialise in high-altitude rescues. The helicopters used for such operations are specifically equipped and capable of flying at high altitudes.

It's important to note that helicopter rescues on Everest are generally considered a last resort and are used for emergency situations when immediate medical attention is required. They are not intended as a means of convenience or transportation for non-emergency situations. If you're planning to climb or trek in the Everest region, it's crucial to have adequate travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation services.

Keep in mind that arranging and executing a helicopter rescue can be complex and dependent on various factors such as weather conditions, availability of helicopters, and the severity of the situation. Additionally, the cost of a helicopter rescue can be quite high, so it's important to ensure that your travel insurance covers such expenses.

In any case, it's always recommended to prioritise safety, be prepared, and follow the advice of experienced guides or tour operators while trekking or climbing in the Everest region.

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April 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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March 2024

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

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March 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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February 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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February 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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December 2023

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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December 2023

Day 1: On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Kathmandu Marriott Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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At high altitudes, it is common to experience acute mountain sickness (AMS). Approximately three-quarters of individuals at elevations above 3,000 metres can expect to encounter mild symptoms. The occurrence of altitude sickness depends on various factors, including elevation, rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. During the normal process of acclimatisation, many people may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. It is important to understand that the mild discomfort accompanying this adaptation is considered normal and acceptable.

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Once you have cleared Immigration and collected your baggage upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, please keep an eye out for a Team Mount Everest driver holding a sign with your name. The driver will transport you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu, where you will spend the night on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Assuming climbers are able to obtain competitive flight fares all the way into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) this is almost always the best means of reaching us and getting into position to begin your climb or safari. During the process of booking with us we will request your flight details and will sENd one of our drivers to meet your flight. Our driver will usually be wearing a black Team Mount Everest T-Shirt and carrying a placard with the name of the main correspondent representing your climb group.

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A BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator is a tool used to estimate an individual's body fatness based on their height and weight. It provides a numerical value that indicates whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. The BMI calculation is based on the principle that a person's weight should be proportionate to their height. To use a BMI calculator, you input your weight and height, and the calculator calculates your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in metres. The resulting BMI value is then compared to standard ranges to determine the person's weight category. While BMI is a useful screening tool, it doesn't directly measure body fat percentage or consider factors such as muscle mass or distribution of fat. It serves as a starting point for assessing an individual's weight status and can be a helpful tool in monitoring overall health and weight management.

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