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Trekking Everest Base Camp Travel Insurance

We provide cover for Trekking Everest Base Camp which sits at 5,368 metres above sea level. Most of our Customers take a Single Trip Policy (the average duration for trips to Everest Base Camp is 12 days), Eight Days to get to base camp and 4 days to get back down.

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, 45, 62 or 92 day trip duration.

To get a quote by telephone or email, contact us on 0800 047 5065 (FREEPHONE) or 01273 773 017 info@jsinsurance.co.uk

Summary of Cover

Section & Cover Limit Per Person Excess
Cancellation or Curtailment £3,000 £50
Medical Expenses £5,000,000 £50
Emergency Repatriation £5,000,000 £50
Personal Baggage £1,750 £50
Money & Cash £500 £50
Travel Delay £100 -
Holiday Abandonment £3,000 £50
Missed Departure £750 -
Legal Expenses £25,000 £100

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. 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 with many travel insurers now excluding Trekking at high altitude as a consequence.

If you are Trekking with a reputable company, they should be happy for you to provide them with details of the Emergency Assistance Company, if you are unable to call yourself. We therefore strongly recommend that you inform your guide prior to departure.

Trekking without a Guide

JS Travel Insurance can provide cover for Trekking without a Guide. You are required to follow the safety guidelines for the Trekking and use the appropriate safety equipment. Please note that a General Exclusion of cover exists under your policy with us for claims arising directly or indirectly from your "wilful act of self exposure to peril (except where it is to save human life)".  If you require a policy that covers you for Trekking without a Guide, please go to our ADVENTURES website and select: Trekking 4,000m to 6,000m.

Trekking Travel Insurance FAQs

How high can I trek with this Travel Insurance policy to Everest Base Camp ?

Trekking Everest Base Camp will allow you to trek up to 6,000 metres above sea level.

There are two Everest Base Camps, one is situated on the mountains north side in Tibet and is known as North Base Camp; the other lies in Nepal on the south side of the mountain and is called South Base Camp. Both camps are located at an altitude above 5,000 metres.

Because Trekkers need two permits to access North Base Camp; one by the Chinese government and one to enter Tibet, South Base Camp in Nepal is by far the most popular Trek.

Most trekkers start off in Lukla, after flying there from Kathmandu, and hike two days to Namche Bazaar, Nepals Sherpa capital. After one day of acclimatisation, the trekkers hike another two days to Dingboche. There, they acclimatise for another day, before their two day trek to Everest Base Camp.

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 ?

You must always select the date you leave your home until the date you return to your home. If you select only the dates of the Trekking, your policy will be invalid.

We can provide cover just for the Trekking dates, this policy is not available online and you would need to contact us for a quote.

Is my Trekking Equipment covered ?

It is covered whilst it is in transit and whilst being stored, but not whilst it is being used.

What happens if I miss an internal flight ?

We can cover Internal Flights with one of our Insurance Providers. Please contact us for a quote for Internal Flights cover. The policies online only covers the first outbound flight and the last inbound flight.

If I am injured or taken ill and I need Repatriation, how am I covered by the Travel Insurance policy ?

All of our policies cover Repatriation back to your Home Country

What happens if I book my insurance and then there is a Natural Disaster in Nepal and I cannot travel ?

The JS Superior policy will cover Cancellation if you are unable to travel due to a Volcanic Eruption. We can provide cover for other Natural Catastrophe, please contact us for a quote. A Cancellation claim will only be honoured as long as there was no previous notice of a Natural Catastrophe before you purchase a policy.

What happens if I book my Travel Insurance and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise not to travel to Nepal ?

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 there is a restriction, then we cannot provide a Travel Insurance policy. 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.

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: info@jsinsurance.co.uk

How can I avoid Altitude Sickness ?

It is recommended that the first day that you are at a high altitude, you should not try to walk or over exert yourself. It is also recommend that you drink up to 3 litres of water a day.

Click Here for JS Travel Insurances Top 10 tips for Avoiding Altitude Sickness 

Can I drink the local water ?

We would advise that you do not drink the local water. This may cause you to become ill and be unable to complete the Trek. You should take water purifiers with you.

Prepare before you go

Register your Travel Insurance

Make sure when you get to your destination, you register your Travel Insurance policy with the Trekking Company that you have booked with . Copy your Travel Insurance Certificate and give it to them and point out the 24 hour Emergency Medical Number.

In the case of your needing 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 Company.

Get fit

Trekking up to 6,000 metres is not for the faint hearted, its strenuous and the lack of oxygen after 2,500 metres makes Trekking difficult . You should always keep to your fitness levels and not try to go beyond, if you are not comfortable or confidant at this altitude. You can buy products from this website that will help you acclimatize before you even leave the United Kingdom https://www.altitudecentre.com. This won't completely simulate Trekking in Nepal at altitude but it will help.

Trekking Gear

You should not take too much The biggest mistake here is taking too much , not using half of it and being burdened with the weight of it.

  • Backpack
  • Lightweight Hiking Boots (wear them in before you go as you dont want heavy blisters)
  • Thick Wool Socks
  • Trekking Pants (waterproof) ,Thermal Tops (long sleeve) and Therma Bottoms, Windproof Jacket, Lightweight Rain Jacket and T shirts
  • Woolen or Peaked Hat, Sunglasses, Water Purification Tablets, Sunscreen, Chapstick, Quick Dry Towel, Bungee Cord, Karabiners, Head Torch, Washing Powder, Water Bottles, First Aid Kit.

Reputable Trekking Company

If you are not organising through a United Kingdom Operator then

Make sure you are Trekking with an authorised Trekking Agency with proper licenses and registration from the Authorities. An agency has to have registration with Nepal Government, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) to operate.

If the Trekking Agency does climbing then they also need to be registered with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).

Check the registered ones on TAAN via TAAN's website.


See your Doctor four weeks before you go and check you are up to date with the normal Vaccines.

Important Vaccinations for Nepal / Everest Base Camp are:

  • Japanese encephalitis (especially if you are going between August and October)
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Polio & Tetanus

Major Risks when Trekking Everest Base Camp

  • Sudden change in weather
  • Avalanches and Snow drifts
  • Landslides and flooding
  • Glacial crevasses and hollows
  • Rockfall
  • Thunderstorms and lightning
  • Leeches

Medical Risks

  • Altitude Sickness
  • High altitude Pulmonary Edema (fluid in the lungs)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Sun Exposure
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Injury
  • Disease

Visa Requirements

You can get a VISA on arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. 15 Days = $25.00, 30 Days = $40.00, 90 Days = $100

A valid permit and TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System) are needed to enter the trekking regions. See the Naturally Nepal website for details.

Volunteering in Everest Base Camp

Be careful and make sure you are going to be working with a reputable Organisation.

The Social Welfare Council in Nepal has a list of registered Volunteer organisations, you can get a copy by sending an email to info@swc.org.np

Useful Websites and Information




This insurance is underwritten by Inter Partner Assistance SA, a member of the AXA Group. Inter Partner Assistance SA, an insurance company incoprorated in Belgium. whose registered office is at Avenue Louise, 166 - Bte 1 - 1050 Brussels, regulated by the Belgium Financial Services and Market Authority and by the National Bank of Belgium under code no. 0487.

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