I went on a trek to altitude in Nepal and wasn’t feeling well. I don’t recall the details, but a helicopter was called and I was evacuated. When I arrived in Kathmandu, I felt perfectly fine. I would not be liable to pay the rescue bill, since I really wasn’t sick there. Isn’t it up to the agency and the trek leader to pay for it ?

You should gratefully pay for being alive. Such common stories indicate the person had a form of altitude illness requiring descent that was promptly carried out resulting in a rapid response and a survivor. The leader should be thanked for exercising conservative judgment, which is prudent at altitude. There are too many situations where people waited too long, and bodies were evacuated. Ask your travel agent about rescue insurance before you leave.

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