Trekking Kilimanjaro Travel Insurance
JS Travel Insurance provides cover for Trekking on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in Africa, atanding at 5,895 metres above sea level. We cover Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance (for medical emergencies) and Repatriation back to your home country if local medical treatment is not suitable.
Single Trip Policy
Most of our Customers take a Single Trip Policy (the average duration for trips to Tanzania and Kilimajaro and Trekking is 14 days). This will cover you from the day you depart your home to the day your return to to your home. If you are planning to do a Safari as well as Trekking, this will be covered too since it's the same level of hazard.
Annual Multi Trip Travel Policy
Also with our Annual Travel Policy which will cover you for as many trips throughout the year and we can include Trekking up to 6,000 metres. These Annual Multi Trip policies limit you to trips of no longer that 31 or 45 days each. And you can trek in Kilimanjaro, Nepal , Peru, trek to the Everest Base Camp and in other countries as well
- Summary of Cover
- Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance
- Trekking without a Guide
- Trekking Travel Insurance FAQs
- Prepare before you go
- Trekking Gear
- Choose a Reputable Trekking Company
- Major Risks when Trekking Kilimanjaro
- Visa Requirements
- Kilimanjaro Main Routes
- Useful Websites and Information
Summary of Cover
|Section & Cover||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|Cancellation or Curtailment||-||£2,000||£5,000|
|Medical and Repatriation||£10,000,000||£10,000,000||£10,000,000|
|Failure of Carrier||£1,500||£1,500||£1,500|
Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance
JS Travel Insurance policies cover Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance if medically necessary and this falls within the Medical Expenses claim limits. You must ring the 24hr Emergency Medical Assistance telephone number (detailed in your Policy Wording) for authorisation of the claim.
We recommend that you provide a copy of your Policy Number and the 24hr Emergency Assistance Telephone Number to other members in your Party so that they can call on your behalf if you are unable to call yourself.
Over recent years there has been a large increase in the number of Rescue Operators. With very little regulation, the costs of rescue have escalated significantly, often with the suggestion that local guides are receiving payments from the helicopter operators. Claims for altitude sickness and the associated rescue have increased significantly. It is therefore important to get claim authorisation from the Medical Assitance Team to ensure that resources are being deployed for those who really need air ambulance.
Trekking without a Guide
For an unguided trek above 3,000m, please call us for a quote on 0800 047 5065.
We can cover you unguided up to a maximum altitude of 9,000m. You will need to follow all safety guidelines. Please note, you will not be covered where you have willfully exposed yourself to peril (except where it is to save human life).
Trekking Travel Insurance FAQs
How high can I trek with this travel insurance policy in Kilimanjaro ?
JS Travel insurance policies will cover you to trek up to 6,000 metres. Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanic cones called Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Kili stands at 5,895 metres and takes an average time of around 5 to 9 days to trek to the top, this will depend on one of the six routes you take.
What happens if I need Mountain Rescue and Air Ambulance ?
If need be you can be rescued due to serious injury, altitude sickness or illness. It is best that you telephone the 24hr Emergency Assistance Service (listed in your Policy Documents). In case that you are unable to contact them, you should tgive copies of your Travel Insurance Certificate and the Emergency Claims number to your trekking group so they can call on your behalf.
When getting a quote, must I include the entire time I am away from home or can I just select the dates that I will be Trekking ?
Policies which generally offer a lower Premium for the trip will require that the Policy starts when you leave your home and ends when you return to your home. You are at risk of invalidating your Policy if the correct duration is not advised.
We do have specialist Policies which can cover you for just the days you are trekking.
Call us today to get your quote, on 0800 047 5065.
Is my Trekking Equipment covered?
It is covered under Personal Belogings whilst it is in transit and whilst being stored, but not whilst it is being used.
Let us know how much your equipment is currently worth (including deprecation value) so that we can select a level of cover which has a suitable level of cover.
If I am injured or taken ill and need to be brought home to get the treatment I need, am I covered by the Travel Insurance policy?
All of our policies cover Repatriation back to your Home Country, if the treatment locally is not sufficient. This must be authorised by thje Medical Assitance Service - your Policy documents will contain a 24 hour emergency telephone number for you to call.
What happens if I book my insurance and then there is a Natural Disaster or Volcanic Eruption in Tanzania and I cannot travel?
We can provide cover for Natural Catastrophe - this must be added to your Policy to cover fire, flood, earthquake, explosion, tsunami, volcanic eruption, landslide, avalanche, hurricane, cyclone or storm which is unforeseen and unknown at the time you purchased this insurance or booked Your Trip, whichever is the later.
What happens if I book my Travel Insurance and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise not to travel to Tanzania?
You should always check with the FCO before booking any trip and confirm that travel to the area you plan to travel to is not restricted. If you take out a Policy before the FCO advises its not safe to travel then you are covered for cancellation if this changes before you travel. if the Policy is taken out after the FCO issues advice that it's not safe to travel, then the Policy will be invalid.
Can I book Travel Insurance for just a few days Trekking ?
Yes we can provide cover for one off days, please call or email us with the details and we will be happy to send you a quote. Please call us on 0800 047 5065 or via email: email@example.com
Can I drink the local water in Tanzania?
We would advise that you do not drink the local water without treating the water first. This may cause you to become ill and be unable to complete the Trek. You should take water purifiers with you, or buy filtered water or bottled whereever possible.
Prepare before you go
Register your Travel Insurance
Make sure when you get to your destination, provide a copy of your Travel Insurance Policy with the Trekking Company and point out the 24 hour Emergency Medical Number.
If you request Mountain Rescue by Helicopter, the Mountain Rescue Services in Nepal will need your Travel Insurance details. Travel Insurance companies have their own preferred Operators, so ensure that you call [or you have someone call on your behalf] the 24 hours Emergency Assistance Service listed in your Policy Documents.
Trekking up to 6,000 metres is not for the faint hearted, it's strenuous and the lack of oxygen after 2,500 metres makes Trekking difficult. You should always keep to your fitness levels and not go beyond your limits, especially you are not comfortable or confidant at this altitude.
Acclimatisation is important. Here's a link to a retailer who provides products aimed to help you acclimatise before you even leave the United Kingdom https://www.altitudecentre.com. This won't completely simulate Trekking in Nepal at altitude, but it may help.
Pack light! One of the biggest mistakes is taking too much gear and not using half of it, but being burdened with the weight of it. Here's a list of essentials:
- Daypack backpack (Approx. 20L and designed for use with a Camelbak bladder, use it to carry your camera, water, rain gear, sunscreen, snacks, etc.)
- Hiking Boots (wear them in before you go as you don't want heavy blisters) and comfy slip on shoes for the evenings.
- Thick Wool Socks
- Trekking Pants (water proof), Thermal Tops (long sleeve) and Therma Bottoms, Windproof Jacket, Lightweight Rain Jacket and T shirts
- Woolen or Peaked Hat, 100 UV Protection Sunglasses, Water Purification Tablets, Sunscreen, Chapstick, Quick Dry Towel, Bungy Cord, Karabiners, Head Torch, Washing Powder, Water Bottles, First Aid Kit
- Camera + extra batteries, Ipod for summit nights, Kindle or books for the down times.
Choose a Reputable Trekking Company
If you are not organizing the trek through a United Kingdom Operator, then make sure you are Trekking with an authorised Trekking Agency with full licenses and registration from the Authorities. An agency has to have registration with Tanzania Association of tour operation (TATO) to operate.
All Porters must be registered under the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance project (KPAP) and have a TALA license.
Vaccinations sometimes require several jabs across a long period of time (sometimes over 3 months), so see your doctor as soon as you can to schedule in your vaccines. Yourself and your Doctor can check on the NHS website for all current vaccines required in your destination.
If you are in a fit and healthy condition you should be able to cope with most things that Kilimanjaro throws at you. But rather be safe than sorry. A medical check up is especially important for people who suffer from asthma or have any pre existing medical conditions.
Important Vaccinations for Kilimanjaro are:
- Yellow Fever - The Yellow Fever vaccination is not essential if you are arriving directly into Tanzania, however, the vaccination is vital if you plan on arriving through any country that is subject to Yellow Fever. you will need a Yellow Fever vaccination card.
- Malaria - Tanzania is a very high risk Malaria country and therefore every precaution should be taken.
- Hepatitis A & B
- Diphtheria / Tetanus / Polio
Major Risks when Trekking Kilimanjaro
- Sudden Change in Weather
- Rock Slides
- Falls on Steep parts of the mountain
- Glaciers and Ice
- Sun Exposure
- Altitude Sickness
All British passport holders need a Tourist or Business Visa to enter Tanzania, Types of entries, validity of Visa / Passport and duration of stay for this category of visa are as follows :
- Single Entry Travel Visa - A validity of 3 months with effect from date of issue and a maximum period of stay of 90 days. Cost = £40.00.
- Multiple Entry Travel Visa - A validity of either 12 months (£100.00) or 6 months (£80.00) with the effect from date of issue and a maximum period of stay of 120 days in aggregate.
You do not need a Trekking Permit to climb Kilimanjaro, although you must trek with a registered and licensed guide. Fees will apply when entering the Kilimanjaro National Park, For a six day / five night Camping Trek you pay about £600 in fees.
Kilimanjaro Main Routes
The Marangu (Coca-Cola) Route
Known as the "Coca-Cola" Route, the Marangu Route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest and the most well established Route. Many favor the Marangu Route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only Route which offers sleeping huts style accommodations.
The Machame Route
Known as the "Whiskey" Route, the Machame Route is now the most popular Route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. The Machame route is considered a difficult Route, and is better suited for more adventurous Trekkers.
The Rongai Route
The Rongai Route is the only Route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred Route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu Route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation).
The Lemosho Route
The Lemosho Route is one of the newer Routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until the Route joins the Machame Route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same Route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit.
The Shira Route
The Shira Route is another path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and it is nearly identical to the Lemosho Route. In fact, Shira was the original Route and Lemosho is the improved variation. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira Route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.
The Umbwe Route
The Umbwe Route is a short, steep and direct Route. It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the quick ascent, the Umbwe Route does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low.
Useful Websites and Information
www.ultimatekilimanjaro.com - very good website full of useful information, vaccinations, trekking routes, Visas and local Tanzanian tourist information.
www.actionchallenge.com/activities/kilimanjaro-challenge - UK company offering lots of information and tours at good prices.
www.exploreworldwide.eu/holidays/kilimanjaro-trek - offer all of the different Routes at competitive prices, lots of information regarding prices, group sizes and accommodation as well as itinerary.
www.teamkilimanjaro.com/visas - Useful Information regarding Visas and entry into Tanzania.
www.kilimanjaroafrica.com - Lots of useful videos on Kilimanjaro.
www.kiliporters.org - Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) is a legally registered Tanzanian not for profit organization. The Mission is to improve the working conditions of the porters on Mount Kilimanjaro.
This Travel Insurance is provided by goodtogoinsurance.com. Goodtogoinsurance.com is a trading name of Ancile Insurance Group Limited, Registered Address: Kao Hockham Building, Edinburgh Way, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NQ. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority - No. 471641.