Trekking is a growing trend for travellers wanting to see more that the world has to offer, and having the best trekking insurance is an absolute must, to cover you for medical and repatriation expenses primarily, but also to cover you for all the other things that can go wrong on your holiday. If you get the wrong insurance and you’re half way up Mount Kenya (5199 metres) and you get into difficulty you may well find your insurance company won’t help.
Unlike others, we’ve kept things very simple. On our standard policy, you can go trekking or walking up to an altitude not exceeding 2,500 metres (8,202 feet). This will cover the majority of general waking holidays. If you get the Adventure Pack when you take out the insurance, this covers you for trekking to 4,500m (14,736 feet) which will cover you for the Inca Trail as well as many treks in Nepal.
For the extreme trekker, you’ll need the Extreme Adventure Pack, as that covers you for trekking over 4,500m. There is no restriction on altitude whatsoever, so if you’re going to Everest Base Camp in Nepal (5364 metres), Kilimanjaro (5895 metres) or even Mera Peak, high up in the Himalayas (6476 metres), don’t worry, you’re covered when you take out the Extreme Adventure Pack.
All our policies include helicopter rescue should it be needed on medical grounds and authorised by our Medical Emergency Assistance Service.
Surely there’s a catch? Well the only catch is that if you’re trekking above the snowline we recommend wearing crampons and use ropes to be tethered together. If you are not trekking as part of a group, please be aware that to get help you will need to make contact with us, so ensure you have some sort of communications device with you. Realistically though, we recommend you travel in a group of at least 3, as if someone gets injured, one person stays with the injured party while the other one gets help.
The True Traveller was originally a travel company, not an insurance company, and although we believe we’ve designed the best value trekking insurance we possibly can, we understand that the price of insurance does put people off taking it out to start with. Our maxim is, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.