Nepal, where our mighty Himalayas beckon the bold and the brave year in and year out, is one of the most popular trekking havens on the planet. Kathmandu is both our capital and the primary base for backpackers, where anything and everything one would need for a trek in the outback can be found. Nevertheless, like most countries in the world today, Nepal does have its own problems and is not an entirely safe destination.
Thus, travel insurance is essential, and we urge you to purchase an appropriate travel insurance policy to cover your trip. In shopping for a policy, please be aware that many travel insurance policies only cover you up to an altitude of 4,000 meters if trekking. Since many of the more popular treks (including the Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit Treks) exceed that altitude, be sure to obtain one that will cover treks above 5,000 meters. If you are planning a long-term trip or multiple trips abroad, you may wish to consider a policy covering a longer period of time, such as a full year. It is not uncommon for things to go wrong during a vacation. You might fall ill or have an unexpected accident, your money or luggage could be stolen, or your trip cancelled or cut short for any of these or other reasons. Your family might even need to fly out to be with you if you suffer a serious accident. Travel insurance can cover all of these risks, and even more.
When traveling abroad, whether to Nepal or to some other country, it is always a good idea to check current travel advisories pertaining to your destination. Better safe than sorry, so be sure to consider any implications for your security and safety before you leave. In addition to keeping your fingers crossed, be sure to keep your eyes open whenever traveling! Following a period of unrest and conflict, the political and security situation still remains fragile and volatile in Nepal. Visitors to Nepal ought to maintain a high degree of personal security awareness at all times.
It is not surprising that Nepal is one of the most popular destinations for those wishing to take a prolonged trap; thankfully, long-stay holidays are becoming more accessible for individuals who may otherwise have never thought of a long break. It is now more common for individuals to take prolonged career breaks, and employers are more likely to be flexible and willing to accommodate such plans. Retirees are another group that may consider longer-term trips, as are graduating students who would like to chill out before entering an intense work environment or facing other challenges.
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