Major reconstruction work and in-depth assessments are underway in Nepal to build-back-better and get the Himalayan nation ready for the upcoming tourist season. What does this mean for trekkers and climbers taking out travel insurance?
Are you looking for Nepal trekking insurance? Perhaps you're planning a climbing, trekking or mountaineering trip to Nepal?
The two earthquakes that shook parts of Nepal on 25 April and 12 May 2015 have brought damage to 14 of the 75 districts of the country, and even though the devastation is extensive in some regions, many areas remain relatively unscathed and are fit for tourists to visit in autumn 2015.
The BMC Travel Insurance team has been assessing the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for trekkers and climbers wishing to visit Nepal after the monsoon season.
BMC Travel Insurance can provide cover
We can confirm that we can provide cover for travel to Nepal, including the popular trekking destinations and climbing areas, provided a common sense approach is taken and the advice of local authorities is followed.
Disagreements arising from Nepal's new constitution have led to protests and strikes in Nepal with many turning violent in the Terai districts, leading to multiple fatalities. As of the 9th October, all curfews have now been lifted. LIsten to announcements and advice from local authorities.
Main roads across Nepal are open, but road conditions are poor. Road travel anywhere can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas and in those parts of the country to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel.
Delays at border crossings have caused a severe fuel shortage which is affecting travel and emergency services; consult your tour operator before travelling.
Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes, aftershocks, landslides and flooding. Familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake.
The FCO does still advise against "all but essential travel" to the following districts of Nepal (as shown on the map below): Gorkha (including the Manaslu trekking region), Rasuwa (including the Langtang Valley trekking region), Sindhupalchok and Dolahka.
However, BMC Travel Insurance can still provide cover for these regions, provided a common sense approach is taken and the advice of local authorities is followed.
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