Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
Nepal is called 'a trekkers' Paradise'. Its mountains & scenic hills offer some of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world. Trekking in Nepal is a lifetime experience that involves a certain degree of physical risks owing to the rugged topography. 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 the safety and security of the trekkers in all trekking, hiking, climbing, and expedition areas through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service when required.
The past experiences have proved that difficulties have been faced while carrying out rescue operations promptly during times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of the lack of a proper record system of trekkers, their exact whereabouts, and the information about trekking routes, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the trekkers missing.
The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has come into force from Jan 01, 2008. The trekking agencies association of Nepal (TAAN), and the Nepal tourism board (NTB) have started recording trekkers' detail and issuing TIMS cards to trekkers.
You are required to take a TIMS card from the Nepal tourism board (NTB) or registered trekking company before starting the trek. If you are traveling in a group, or solo joining with a registered trekking agency, you can get the TIMS card upon paying a fee of Nepali currency equivalent to the US $10 each.
Or, if you prefer to travel individually (FITs) without joining a trekking agency, you need to pay Nepali currency equivalent to $20. You need a copy of your passport and two copies of passport-size photographs as well.