Mount Kilimanjaro Travel insurance

Mount Kilimanjaro travel insurance, we suggest all hikers to take out travel insurance. Emergencies can happen on any tour. It is key that your travel insurance provide cover for hiking all the way to the top of the mountain. Normal travel insurance do not cover for hiking all the way to the top of mountain. Most classify it as a high risk activity that need extra cover. Our experienced guides focus on your Kilimanjaro safety. However you need to be covered for unplanned emergencies.

Key points for Mount Kilimanjaro Travel insurance

A few key points to look at when choosing Mount Kilimanjaro Travel insurance:

  • Make sure you get insurance that cover hiking up to 6 000m (19600ft).
  • Your insurance should be on a non-reimbursement basis. Meaning claims and expenses will be paid directly by your insurer while you are on the trek. Some insurers require you to pay any expenses and then claim back when you return home.
  • Make sure your insurance cover hiking to high altitude, mountain rescue service, medical expenses etc.
  • Try to buy your policy from a insurer from your home country. This will make dealing with claims easier.
  • Check if there are excess payments in the event of a claim.
  • Please make sure you send your insurance details to us before the tour start.

If you don’t find a good insurance option, can we suggest Redpoint’s ‘Ripcord’ option. The option will cover almost anyone on the trek, regardless of your country.

Most of the hikers will never need to use their insurance. In the event of an emergency, costs can run into the thousands of dollars. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Kilimanjaro safety

Kilimanjaro safety is key and it is very important to familiarize yourself with the risks involved. Altitude sickness is the biggest risk when attempting Kilimanjaro and should not be under estimated. Altitude sickness affects more than 70% of hikers attempting Kilimanjaro, and it is impossible to predict in advance who will experience it, who will not, and the severity of its impact.

We select only experienced, English-speaking guides who are trained and certified by Kilimanjaro National Park to lead our Mt Kilimanjaro hikes. The guides receive first aid and high altitude training on a regular basis. This ensure that they are up to date with latest safety procedures. Even though the main aim is to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, safety is a very important factor. You will never see the guides pushing you beyond your limits. If a guide notice you are putting yourself and others at risk, they will advise you to abort the hike. Reaching the summit is important, but getting back down safely is just as important!

Kilimanjaro safety – what is part on every hike:

Mount Kilimanjaro travel insurance, Kilimanjaro safety, Photo of hikers heading up the Barranco wall
  • We only use expert and qualified guides on our hikes.
  • We send one emergency oxygen set on every hike. Please note not to be used as a summiting aid. The guides are trained on how to operate and use this equipment.
  • We send a pulse Oximeter on every hike. Guides use them to monitor a hiker’s health levels, at least twice per day on the hike. Record is kept of all readings to help diagnose if a hiker is suffering from AMS.
  • Emergency first aid kits for minor injuries and accidents. Hikers still need to bring their own medication, blister plasters, etc.
  • The guides carry mobile phones and to contact the operational office in case of emergency.
  • Kilimanjaro rescue team fees.

Mount Kilimanjaro Travel insurance – evacuation methods:

All our packages include the Rescue team fees, however cost such as hospital bills are not covered. For this reason, it is crucial to get Mount Kilimanjaro travel insurance.

The following are the main evacuation methods available on your hike:

1.      You will walk down with a guide if it is safe and you are able to do so.
2.     If you are unable to walk and it is safe to do so, our team will transport you by stretcher to the nearest rescue vehicle point.

Note

  • Stretchers are provided by the park. They are only available from some ranger posts and subject to availability.
  • The park provides rescue vehicles, but their availability is not guaranteed.
  • Rescue team fees are included in all hike packages. It covers the costs of stretchers and rescue vehicles. You don’t need insurance for these services, but you will need it once you are at the hospital.
  • Helicopter evacuation is no longer available on the mountain. Our experienced guides are trained handle a variety of high-altitude emergencies. We do not rely on helicopter services, as they may not be available at any time.
  • The best way to recover from altitude sickness is to descend to a lower altitude. The higher oxygen levels at lower altitude will help hikers recover much faster. Our main goal, if it is safe for you, is to have you descend on your own.
Kilimanjaro stretcher used by the Rescue. team to evacuated  hikers. Mount Kilimanjaro travel insurance, Kilimanjaro safety