|A rescue helicopter leaves Namche Bazar for Kathmandu|
On most of my treks in
, I am
asked how does one get emergency evacuation insurance covering helicopter evacuation?
This was quite a grey area for me but after some research and with the help of some friends in the
USA and , I was able to put together this
note which would be useful to all trekkers and climbers. UK
Firstly, let me say that you cannot get this insurance in
Nepal or . No
insurance company in these two countries provides this insurance. India
The largest world-wide rescue organization in the
is Global Rescue, which provides rescue services in every country of the world,
without elevation restrictions, for
injury, natural disasters, and terrorists’ attacks. International
diplomats and business executives use Global Rescue. It is however expensive for a recreational trekker/ climber. https://www.globalrescue.com/ USA
The second option is to join The America Alpine Club as a member. It provides limited evacuation insurance benefits, a maximum of $5,000 which is sufficient for a helicopter rescue in
However, please do keep in mind that Global Rescue (through American Alpine Club) is primarily an emergency rescue organization; it is not an insurance company as such. They keep trained rescue personnel on duty 7x24, helicopters, and jets on standby around the world (including
for the sole purpose of evacuating members in an emergency. Their normal
coverage would cover Nepal Nepal
helicopter evacuation, but would not cover flying you back to the for
medical care if the need arose. U.S.
The Austrian Alpine Club (UK) provides more extensive evacuation/medical insurance. This organization specializes in rescue insurance for Europe and Asia and they have members from the
as well. Possibly, their insurance benefits are better than the American Alpine
Club. The cost ranges from $45.00 to $65.00 depending on age. http://www.aacuk.org.uk/.
The Austrian Alpine Club (UK) will pay for
emergency evacuation in USA ,
medical flight back to the U.S or your home country, and all medical bills
related to the injury, up to EURO 25,000 so this could well be the better
For more information please do visit the web sites given above.