Insurance - where to leave a copy in Kathmandu?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2013 11:41 PM Last Post By: dhan01
Feb 17, 2013 7:46 AM
Insurance - where to leave a copy in Kathmandu?Hello guys,
I am located in Czech Republic. I am travelling to Nepal during March and April. Right now I am dealing with the issue - where to leave my insurance copy in case of emergency rescue. CZ doesn't have any embassy in Kathmandu, therefore I would like to leave it at some Travel Agency. I wasn't able to find any specific recommendation - what can be the trustworthy agency in Kathmandu. Can you please give me any advise? Which agency would you recommend and what is the usual way to deal with them? Any additional info would be very helpful as well.. :)
Feb 17, 2013 8:00 AM
There is an Honorary Consulate in KTM listed here. The info could be out of date though.
Most trekking and travel agencies will note your insurance details and assist if you are using their services - are you trekking and hiring a guide or porter for example? don't know if they will do this if not - maybe they will for a fee.
Feb 17, 2013 10:39 AM
Feb 17, 2013 11:01 AM
I have not asked an agency for insurance support unless I hired porters or guides from them. Some might do this for a fee but I don't have a suggestion for a particular agency. Most travel agents are small businesses so are not likely to be available 24 hours a day.
Some embasies/consulates will have a 24 hour emrgency line - maybe email them to ask?
Feb 17, 2013 5:08 PM
Feb 17, 2013 10:07 PM
5Hi Ludek, greetings from kuala lumpur!
I was in nepal last october with my friend and we have enjoyed so much sight seeing during our trip, especially love the trekking.
I find our tour agency in Kathmandu a trustworthy and responsible agency and I have had recommended a friend of mine who have recently visited the country where they left their insurance copy with the agency. And it was thereafter taken care of. Perhaps best for you to get in touch with the agency directly for more details as I might not have the most accurate answer for you. For the agency contact details, please visit my blog page here http://exploreofanaverage.blogspot.sg/2012/10/nepal-2012-julie-and-i-had-plan-for.html
Hope this hepls!
Good luck and cheers,
Feb 17, 2013 11:35 PM
6If you are not hiring a guide or porter, none of the trekking companies of Nepal will be keep your insurance copy paper. Nobody know what happen to you in the trekking duration? Who can give you the message in Kathmandu? At least, if you will have a guide/porter, he/she can give the message in Kathmandu and arrange to you to bring back to Kathmandu by helicopter.
Feb 18, 2013 3:37 PM
7OP, please be clear if you will be trekking independently or you will be hiring a guide and/or porter. As mentioned above, if you are hiring some staff from a reputable trekking agency, they will take your insurance info. If you'd like a recommendation on a trekking company or guide to hire for this purpose, let me know and I can recommend one.
If you are trekking independently without any staff, then carry your insurance info with you at all times. You are on your own and you need to arrange things by yourself in an emergency. You don't mention where you will be trekking. If you are trekking in one of the popular trekking areas, there is probably cell coverage. If your phone doesn't work, you'll find a Nepali that could make an emergency phone call for you to contact your insurance company in the unlikely event that something happened.
As mentioned above, one of the advantages of hiring staff is that you have support in an emergency. A friend of mine wanted to do the Annapurna Circuit a couple of years ago. They wanted to do it independently. I insisted that they hire some staff. Reluctantly, they did. When they got to Manang, one of the trekkers was having severe lower abdomen pain. The porter-guide called their main trekking office, arranged for a helicopter evacuation where the trekker was transported to a Kathmandu hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Now, all are fine. Sometimes the unexpected happens. Be prepared for it. You are taking the 1st step by getting insurance.
A couple Nepali friends of mine own some trekking companies, based in Kathmandu. Contact Karna at mother house treks or Ram at Nepal Spirit Adventure. Ask them if they would hold your insurance papers while you trek independently. I don't know if anyone has ever asked them to do this before. Offer to pay them to do this. I have no idea on a fair price. Ask them how much? Tell them that tom from Seattle, WA (USA) referred you and that I said hello. Please let me know what they said.
Feb 19, 2013 4:35 AM
8I actually don't think an agency would charge to do this (and in fact, I've had agencies hold my insurance for me in the past, no charge). Reason is -- if it turns out that an evac IS required, then the agency will make a big cut of a HUGE bill... This is a huge profit opportunity for the agency (if in fact something happens to require an evacuation).
Feb 21, 2013 11:41 PM
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