'Check travel insurance' when visiting Nepal
26 January 2009 10:35
Holidaymakers heading to Nepal are being urged to check that their travel insurance covers them for high altitudes.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) say that travellers could be caught out if their insurance does not cover them for height of over 2,500 metres.
Nepal's landscape means that anyone who wants to go hiking or mountain climbing in the country is likely to reach this altitude but they may not necessarily be insured if they are injured.
Those who are planning a trip to the country are advised by the FCO to take out full insurance cover for medical treatment, accidents and rescue by helicopter.
Travellers who need to be evacuated from a mountain in a helicopter can find themselves having to fork out costs of between £754 and £1,258 for an hour's flight.
Nepal is a popular holiday destination, particularly with the growing number of British eco-tourists who are heading overseas.
It is home to Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, and is a haven for outdoor activity enthusiasts.