Why fake rescue – beware the helicopter rescue scam! in Nepal?
Helicopter Rescue Scam is a worse news for country’s reputation. It is true, that many companies are attracting tourist selling trek package in under cost package. Later on, push the trekkers and climbers to agree to airlifts for minor illness to the multiple claims for a single chopper ride. At some point, trekkers or climbers who seek for the fast descend is a cause to increase the Heli Rescue Scam. Once the hospital certifies the documents saying that a rescue was medically justified. Then the insurance company pay back their claimed bills.
There are some Trekking Agencies, Helicopter companies and Hospitals have been making claims against their customers-travelers insurance policies for fake helicopter rescues. Moreover, they have been accused of presenting fake bills for wide-ranging medical examinations for simple altitude sickness.
So, Nepal Government’s probe committee formed to investigate the Helicopter Rescue Scam in Nepal. And they submitted its report to Tourism minister on 30 July 2018. The committee recommends the Nepal Police to be given the responsibility of conduct tourists for rescue operations from September. It has suggested to run an investigation on the cases of organized fraud charges against the miscreant companies involved with fake rescue operations.
Furthermore, there are two thousand trek companies in Nepal. Only some companies and hospitals are cheating on fraud bills. In addition, some guides said that some lazy travelers also act sick in the mountains and fly with a chopper?. We hope Nepal Government will take an action to check all those fake rescues and penalize to the cheater and publish to the public. I am sure it will boost the travelers confident to visit Nepal with proper insurance. Thus, the country will meet its target to welcome 2 million tourists on visit 2020.
Be aware from these kinds of fake service
If somebody offers you very cheap trekking tour, Think twice while joining these company.
Market is very competitive, Company keeps only 10-15% profit. So if any company gives you 50% discount then it is fake because nobody do business in loss.
Have in mind that we are an honest agency in Nepal run by trusted and ethical guides. We do not have the greedy guide who forced to you take a helicopter rescue even in minor AMS symptoms. In our 18 years of Guiding and 12 years of trekking business running, we arranged almost two thousand clients but we made rescue only 1 time in 2007 in our life. So we have strong VOICE to write here that we are the best local trek company in Nepal .
Gokyo Treks & Expedition is a registered under the law of Nepal Government in 2005. The objective is to provide a complete and quality service within the best value. Besides that, we have an expert management team, consist of experience and knowledgeable ethical guides makes your journey safe and unforgetable. Take a review about our company reputation in Tripadvisor in Tripadvisor.