When you’re trekking over hills and mountains it’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, take a break from technology, get some exercise and breathe in some fresh air.
Whether you’re trekking through the British countryside, the Virgin Narrows in Utah or Mount Sinai in Egypt you really have time to appreciate the beautiful scenery and bond with friends and family too. And because of the seemingly endless number of trails available across the world there are options that will work whatever your level of expertise – from novices through to more experienced hikers looking for their next challenge – there really is something for everyone.
There are a few things you should consider though before trekking; the time of year, the weather conditions and the length of your stay. Make sure that you take all the appropriate gear with you and just as you would buy a good pair of hiking boots to wear while trekking, you should also purchase a good travel insurance policy.
Spectrum Travel Insurance will cover you automatically for treks and hikes up to 3,000 metres above sea level in a group, so you’ll be able to scale the heights of Mount Olympus, Greece (2,917mtrs) or Idaho’s Iron Mountain (2,955mtrs), and you’ll also be comforted by knowing that you’ll be covered for a wide range of aspects including illness, accidents and theft.
Our policies cover many aspects that you’d expect to find within a travel insurance policy such as medical expenses, cancellation and baggage. But at Spectrum we also include lots of added benefits such as including automatic cover for over 100 sports and activities and offering a 24/7 emergency helpline.
If you are taking a trip away that involves trekking or hiking, then the good news is that this activity is covered as standard by our travel insurance policies as long as the trek is with a group up to 3,000 metres above sea level.
If you plan to go above this height then give the Spectrum team a call on 0800 840 7227 to discuss your specific plans and arrange specialised cover to match your requirements.
If you have one trip planned this year then Spectrum’s Single Trip Travel Insurance may offer the best option in terms of cover and value. You can cover trips up to 100 days in duration (age dependent) to myriad countries worldwide – as long as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office hasn’t warned against travel. Click here to find out the latest information on your destination.
On the other hand if you have several trips planned for the coming year then take a look at Spectrum’s Annual Multi-Trip cover. This gives you the freedom to travel as many times as you like (there’s a standard 50 day maximum per trip duration limit, reduced to 35 days if you’re aged 66 and over) as long as each trip begins and finishes in the UK.
If you have a real wanderlust and are going on an extended adventure then we also offer Long Stay Travel Insurance, which is ideal for those aged over 45 who are planning trips of over 100 days in duration.
And if you are going on a backpacking trip, a sabbatical or even studying abroad, then check out our Gap Year Travel Insurance. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 45 then our Gap Year policy covers you for all the countries you intend to travel to after leaving the UK (depending on the area of travel selected).
Spectrum can cover treks in Nepal but it depends on the height you’ll be hiking to. If the trek is below 3,000 metres and you’re in a group then that will be covered as standard. But if you’re heading above this height you’ll need to call and speak to one of the team to discuss your plans and arrange appropriate cover.