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“Dear Trekker, TIMS card is for your safety”

With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to ensure safety and security of the trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations.

As a trekker entering a protected area in Nepal you will be asked to provide some information about the dates of your trip, the itinerary, and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitors’ database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or in case of accidents and/or natural calamities, in order to inform the concerned institutions about the trekkers inside the park at anytime.

TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers and trekkers trekking with an Agency.

Past experiences revealed that difficulties were faced while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers rescue and search missions used to face difficulties spotting missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed.

The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.

Where and how to obtain a TIMS Card?

Free Individual Trekkers:
Visiting tourists, those interested in general trekking areas of Nepal, will be requested to fill out the TIMS application form through this web site. At the end of the registration visitors will be given a card number. The card can be collected from any of the following offices:
NTB Office, TAAN Office, and Government registered trekking Agencies, both in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Free Individual Trekkers who are unable to complete the form on this website, could fill in the form directly in one of the above offices. Each of these offices are recognized by the presence of the TIMS logo.
Opening Hour/s:
- TIMS counter at Government registered trekking Agencies will remain open 12 hours per day, seven days a week, year round.
- TIMS counter at TAAN/NTB Offices follow government working hours and days.

Documents Required:
To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of:
a) Passport
b) two (2) Passport-size Photographs.

Trekking with a Government registered trekking Agency:
The trekking company will collect tourists’ data and will enter it in the central database, and will then provide trekkers with a TIMS card.

Why is TIMS Necessary?
The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:
All important details regarding trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained in a computerized Database Management System, which can be useful for the trekkers’ safety and security. In order 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 concerned stakeholders such as 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, which will not only benefit trekkers and field staff, but also trekking companies and Government agencies. Occasional untoward incidents will also be better prevented.
Plus, TIMS will upgrade the service standard and will contribute to better management of sustainable mountain tourism development in Nepal.

TIMS will not be required for:
Expedition members permitted to climb the mountains;
Visitors in the controlled areas with permits by the Department of Immigration;
Foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal;
Authorities from the various diplomatic missions present in the country, who hold official letter/s and travel at their own risk;
Visitors on certain missions recommended by the concerned Governmental Department(s);
Foreign Nationals possessing a residential visa.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 December 2009 03:44 )