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Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is a spectacularly scenic long-distance hiking trail stretching from Mexico via the USA to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It follows the highest section of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges and, along the way, encompasses snowy mountain scenery, scorching deserts, deep forests and pristine wildernesses. Since it spans 2,650 miles in length, it is important to decide how much or how little of the trail you wish to experience, and over what period of time.

Pacific Crest Trail Travel Insurance

If you plan to cover the whole distance, you’ll need to allow 4 - 6 months, covering between 10 and 20 miles per day, and be mindful of the season as winter can be severe in some stretches. Helpfully the trail is divided into 30 sections so keen trekkers can research which is best for them. Since the trail largely avoids civilization you’ll be mostly sleeping in a tent in the wilderness, though once in a while you’ll pitch up in a town where you can enjoy a night in a hostel or motel.
Be mindful that in desert and other wilderness terrains you can be miles from a water or food source, so you need to plan your route with these factors in mind.

Most of all you need to ensure that you have the right level of travel insurance to give you peace of mind along the Pacific Crest trail. Big Cat’s standard insurance policies already cover you for trekking up to 2,500 metres, but if you want to tackle Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada (4,009m) you’ll need our Activity Pack which provides cover for up to 4,500 metres.

The importance of PCT Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for any journey, but is particularly important when undertaking potentially hazardous activities such as trekking in remote regions where medical facilities or assistance may not be close at hand. You’ll enjoy your adventure better with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the right insurance cover in place should a mishap occur. This can be anything from lost or stolen luggage to helicopter rescue off a mountain.
For trekking you need to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for altitude. Most standard policies provide cover for walking up to a maximum of 2,500 metres.

Big Cat Travel Insurance’s Activity Pack covers you up to 4,500 metres, which includes the very highest part of the Pacific Crest Trail (Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada (4,009m).

If you wish to go even higher, our Extreme Activity Pack covers any altitude above 4,500 metres and is suited to the most challenging of mountain treks such as Mt Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Mont Blanc.

Please note for trekking in Nepal the Nepal Trekking Pack add-on will need to be included. A 7,000m altitude limit is applied to this.

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