ABS data on Australian overseas travel habits also confirmed the adventure travel trend with a 211-per-cent surge in Aussie visitors to Nepal in 2016. The potential dangers of mountaineering have been well publicised of late – this year alone, 10 people, including two Australians, have died attempting to scale Mt Everest. Just a year prior, a Melbourne couple suffered a fatal fall off a cliff face in New Zealand and a man was left in critical condition after a rock-climbing accident at Victoria’s Mt Arapiles.
Travellers should be wary of the potential risks associated with pastimes like trekking and mountaineering and the level of cover available, said Ball. “Trekking trips are gaining momentum both on a domestic and international scale with Aussies keen to unleash their inner explorers. Whether they’re hiking the Himalayas or climbing Kilimanjaro, intrepid travellers should ensure they are sufficiently covered before participating in a major trek or mountain climb.”
In addition to purchasing travel insurance, Ball advised trekkers to pay close attention to any restrictions that may affect their cover. “Many travellers fail to realise that exclusions will usually apply to various altitude limits. Some insurers will exclude particularly steep ascents or treks in certain destinations such as Nepal and the USA.”