Nepal, a Trekker's Paradise, offers some of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world. Passing through the diverse culture and nature, trekking in Nepal is a life-time experience which involves a certain degree of physical strength due to the rugged topography. With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to control illegal trekking operations and ensure safety and security of the trekkers in general trekking areas through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service when required. Past experiences have shown that difficulties have been faced while carrying out rescue operations promptly during times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of a lack of proper record system of trekkers, their exact whereabouts and the information about trekking routes, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting trekkers who were missing. The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been effective from Jan. 1, 2008. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have started recording trekkers’ details and issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. The visiting tourists, who are interested to general trekking areas of Nepal, are required to receive TIMS Card. To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of Passport and two copies of Passport-size Photographs.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying US $10 per person.
Sample of Our TIMS Registration Card.( click to view in large. )
Why is TIMS Necessary?
The following considerations have been taken into account when issuing TIMS cards:
- All important details of trekkers and trekking routes are maintained on a computerized Database Management System that may be useful for the safety and security of trekkers. To help carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers in case of natural calamities and other accidents by means of Authentic Information Service .
- To maintain a record system that includes personal details of trekkers, trekking area, trekking routes, handling agencies, duration, etc. The data generated from the system will be useful to all stakeholders: tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.
- Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting in better management of trekking services and in benefit of all concerned: trekkers, agencies, field staff, Government, etc. and also occasional untoward incidents will be better prevented.
- To upgrade service standards and contribute to better management of sustainable mountain tourism development of Nepal.
TIMS will not be required for:
- The expedition members permitted to climb the mountains.
- The visitors in the controlled areas permitted by the Department of Immigration.
- The foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal.
- The authorities from different diplomatic missions in the country, who are holding official letter/s.
- Visitors on certain mission recommended by the concerned department of the Government.
- Foreign Nationals having a residential visa.