Climb every mountain!
Are you one of the many contemplating that trek to Everest Base Camp? One day? Be aware that the rules have changed. According to TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) all solo trekking in Nepal will be banned. A recent quote read “ Recent murder of a Belgian Trekker along with the disappearance of other trekkers has created a negative image of Nepal in the International Market so all trekkers will be obliged to take the services of government registered trekking agencies”.
Is Nepal a dangerous place? Generally speaking no – it is remote so be sure to take that specialist travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions but most of the incidents in 2011/2012 we are told were linked to people wandering off trails, falling into ravines and simply not being found.
Bad things can happen anywhere in the world so our advice is to stick to the well-marked paths and don’t be over confident or simply naïve in trying out interesting side paths or exploring away from the beaten tracks where a loose rock or an unexpected wild animal could cause you to trip.
Another excellent idea is to take out a TIMS card, these were introduced a few years ago and is available from your guide, it requires a one off payment to log your details into a database in the event that you get lost and this costs only $10.00. You will also need a $40.00 visa which lasts for a maximum of 30 days.
Do read up on the vaccinations you will need before travelling to Nepal and ensure you have adequate medical travel insurance as facilities in Nepalese public hospitals may not match those of Western countries. If you need specialist cover go for travel insurance for pre-existing medical conditions and always disclose these to your insurer.
So don’t delay! Follow your dream today.
Thanks to Tricia Pearson-Tietema our Head of Medical Underwriting for today’s blog.