Yes, it’s mandatory to have travel insurance that covers you for trekking up to 6,000 meters if you plan to climb Kilimanjaro.
Due to the high altitude, remote location, and demanding conditions of a Kilimanjaro trek. Anyone taking part in a Kilimanjaro climb will be required to show proof of insurance before the hike.
For emergency evacuation during the Kilimanjaro climb, we are working with KILI MEDAIR, who provide Helicopter Search and Rescue operations, ensuring the safety of everyone on Mount Kilimanjaro.
It would be best to have insurance that covers emergency evacuation 6,000 meters above Sea Level to use this service. When they evacuate you on the mountain, all the costs are covered by your insurance.
We highly recommend that you get insurance with Evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level in case of any emergency during the climb.
You can read more about the Kilimanjaro Helicopter Rescue.
A trip to Kilimanjaro is a significant investment and having the right insurance policy can
help mitigate the risk you face should something go wrong.
Travel insurance may cover you in case of:
Your travel insurance will need to cover medical expenses while traveling abroad. In the case of a Kilimanjaro climb, you’ll need to make sure that it covers you for medical evacuation.
Unexpected injuries and doctor visits need to be covered, and emergency evacuation expenses should you need to be airlifted off the mountain. Those situations are rare, but they occur, and you need the proper insurance.
When purchasing travel insurance, you must understand precisely what it does and doesn’t cover.
Most basic plans will offer essential protection for trip cancellation, lost bags, and delayed flights.
However, if you need coverage beyond that (medical expenses, evacuation, etc.), you’ll likely have to purchase a higher-tier policy.
It’s essential that whatever policy you choose also covers high-altitude activities. That isn’t the case with every insurance plan, so be sure to ask for it specifically.
For climbing Kilimanjaro, explain to your insurance company that you are not taking part in technical mountaineering but that you are high altitude trekking up to 6,000m.
We suggest you look at WorldNomads and see if their policies are right for you.
To ensure you are covered for medical evacuation to your home country, you might consider a stand-alone medical evacuation plan.
In addition to your standard travel policy, this covers you for high-altitude trekking.
Companies such as Global Rescue or Ripcord would specialize in disaster recovery in the case of a medical emergency if you needed an airlift evacuation home.
Supplemental medical evacuation coverage is not mandatory, and you should consider what’s right for your unique circumstances and what’s covered in your travel policy.
Most standard health insurance policies do not cover you for adventure activities abroad. It certainly w
don’t cover you for lost baggage or abandonment of your trip or cancellations.
Take some time to read precisely what your policy covers and where you might have liability. Don’t wait until you need to make a claim; make sure you’re clear about what’s covered – and what’s excluded.
Make sure you disclose any pre-existing medical conditions, or it may void your policy.
Many of our clients use the World Nomads travel insurance Explorer Plan for their Kilimanjaro Climb.
Disclaimer: we are not insurance experts; please consider your situation carefully when purchasing insurance.
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