Travel insurance is required to participate on your Kilimanjaro climb.
Trip deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only partially refundable. Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect your investment against trip cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses.
Standard travel insurance provides coverage for:
- Trip cancellation
- Trip interruption
- Missed connection
- Travel delay
- Baggage delay and personal items lost
- Hurricane and weather
- Employment layoff
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- Emergency medical
- Medical evacuation and repatriation
- Financial default
At a minimum, the insurance should protect you against trip cancellation and trip interruption, should you need to cancel your trip due to circumstances such as training injuries or sickness or emergencies.
High Altitude Trekking Insurance Coverage
Your travel insurance must cover high altitude trekking up to 6,000 meters to be eligible for rescue by Kili MedAir – a private company which provides medical support and helicopter evacuation.
Without a client’s verified travel insurance with this specific coverage, Kili MedAir will not initiate a rescue operation on the mountain. This is not to be confused with coverage for “mountaineering” or “mountain climbing,” which most insurance will not cover.
Recommended Kilimanjaro Travel Insurance
For our customers residing in the USA, we recommend that you obtain Travel Guard’s Deluxe, Preferred or Essential plans, which provide coverage for high altitude trekking, trip cancellation, interruption and delay; lost, stolen and damaged baggage; medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation; and luggage delay, for a low cost.
You can compare the Deluxe, Preferred or Essential plans and purchase online through Travel Guard, here or here.
We recommend Travel Guard’s Preferred plan with the Cancel for Any Reason upgrade.
Climbers are strongly advised to obtain travel insurance immediately after booking their trip. Travel Guard insurance covers trip cancellation due to pre-existing conditions only when insurance is purchased within 15 days of booking. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance to staff upon request. Clients who fail to obtain travel insurance will not be allowed to climb.