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Trekking in Morocco Travel Insurance

JS Travel Insurance provides cover for Trekking in Morocco up to 6,000 metres altitude.

If you would like to speak to one of our Advisors and get a quote by telephone or email, contact us on 0800 047 5065 (FREEPHONE) or 01273 773 017 or via email: info@jsinsurance.co.uk

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.

Single Trip

Most of our Customers take a Single Trip Policy. This will cover you from the day you depart your home to the day your return to to your home. This is our most popular type of Policy for Trekkers travelling to Morocco.

Backpacker

However, if you are going travelling for a year or more, you will require a Backpacker Policy and are going to be Trekking in Morocco.  

Annual Multi Trip

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 trip duration. These policies will allow you to trek as much as you like within these trip durations. We do have Annual Multi Trip policies that can cover 61 and 93 days trip durations. These can be provided by contacting us for a quote.

Medical Conditions

Should you have any Pre Existing Medical Conditions, we can still provide cover, please contact us for a quote on the telephone number provided or Click Here for a quote.

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

Trekking Travel Insurance FAQs

How high can I trek with this Travel Insurance policy in Morocco ?

Up to 6,000 metres

  • Jabel Toubkal (4,167 metres)

  • Ouanoukrim (4,089 metres) 

  • M'Goun (4,071 m)

Some of these Treks can be covered under our Trekking up to 4,000 metres.

  • Jebel n'Tarourt (3,996 metres)

  • Jebel Aksoual (3,910 metres)

  • Ineghmar (3,892 metres)

  • Jbel Tignousti (3,819 metres)

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. If possible it is best that you telephone the Emergency Assistance Number on your Travel Insurance Certificate. In case that you are unable to contact them, you should take copies of your Travel Insurance Certificate, so that you can give one to the company that is organising the Trek and they will be able to contact the Emergency Assistance Company 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 ?

You must always select the date you leave your home until the date you return to your home. If you are delayed in returning to your home, the policy continues until you have reached your home. We can provide cover just for the dates that you will be Trekking, 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 in transit and whilst being stored, but not while it is being used.

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 Travel Insurance and then there is a Natural Disaster in Morocco and I cannot travel ?

The policy will cover cancellation if you are unable to travel due to a Volcanic Eruption, if this happens and it prevents you from flying to Morocco. We can provide cover for other Natural Catastrophe, please contact us for a quote. A cancellation claim will only be honored 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 Morocco ?

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.

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 (FREEPHONE) or 01273 773 107 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.

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 Policy

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 Morocco 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 over 4,000 metres and up to 6,000 metres is 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 www.altitudecentre.com. This will not completely simulate Trekking in Morocco at altitude but it will help.

Trekking Gear

You should not take too much with you. 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, Thermal Tops (long sleeve) and Thermals Bottoms, Windproof Jacket, Lightweight Rain Jacket and T shirts.
  • Please check the weather before packing, if you plan on Trekking in August the temperature can rise up to 42 C, we would recommend packing lightweight and light coloured items.
  • Wide-brimmed hat or hat with neck cape - protects head, face, and neck, 100 UV protection Sunglasses, Water Purification Tablets, Sunscreen, Chapstick, Quick Dry Towel, Bungy Cord, Karabiners, Head Torch, Washing Powder, Water Bottles, First Aid Kit.

Reputable Trekking Company

If you are not organizing 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 Moroccos Ministry of Tourism to operate.

Vaccinations

When trekking in Morocco vaccines are not essential however we recommend you seek medical advice from your doctor, four weeks before you go and check you are up to date with the normal Vaccines.

Suggested Vaccinations for trekking in Morocco are:

  • Poliomyelitis
  • Tetanus (childhood boosters)
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A (food and water diseases)
  • If you are planning to travel more rural parts of Morocco then it is recommended to cover yourself against diseases such as Hepatitis B and Rabies.

Major Risks when Trekking in Morocco

  • Sudden change in weather
  • Boulders & Rockfall
  • Thunderstorms and lightning
  • Floods

Medical Risks

  • Altitude Sickness
  • Sun Exposure
  • Injury
  • Disease

Visa Requirements

A return ticket and a passport with a minimum of 3 months validity beyond the duration of your stay are required by all travellers to Morocco.

Visas are not required by the following:

  1. British, European Union (EU), Australian, Canadian, USA and Japanese nationals for stays of up to three months. If you require staying longer then 3 months you must visit the local police station to apply, this must be done within 15 days of arrival.
  2. You will not be required to show any Trekking Permits for Morocco.

Useful Websites and Information

www.trekkinginmorocco.com/en/home - Tour operators offering lots of different routes for Trekking in Morocco, including family treks, atlas mountains and more.

www.tourdust.com/products/africa/morocco?activity=walking-trekking&itineraries=all#category-itineraries - Lots of useful information regarding different tours and easy booking faciltities.

www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/morocco.aspx - lots of useful information regarding vaccinations and travelling to Morocco.

www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/expedition-hiking-morocco-photos - blog on somone's personal experience and what to expect when Trekking in Morocco.

www.moroccanembassylondon.org.uk/en/viisa.html - Information regarding Visas and requiremnts before entering the country.

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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