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 as and when required. The past experiences have shown that difficulties have been faced while carrying out rescue operations promptly during the times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of 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 the trekkers missing. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card has come into force from Jan 01, 2008.
Where & how to obtain TIMS Card?
– The visiting tourists who are interested to do trekking in general trekking areas in Nepal are required to receive TIMS Card through a government registered trekking Companies
– To obtain TIMS Card you need to provide a copy of Passport and two copies of Passport-size Photographs.
Why is TIMS Necessary?
The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:
– All important details of trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained on a computerized Database Management System that may be useful for 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 into better management of trekking service and in benefit of all concerned :- trekkers, agencies, field staff, Government, etc. and also occasional untoward incidents will be better prevented.
– To upgrade the service standard and contribute for 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 is holding official letter/s and traveling at own risk.
Visitors on certain mission recommended by the concerned department of the Government.
Foreign Nationals having the residential visa.
Things to Bring
For Travel: Strong, normal clothing (according to the season), preferably cotton for summer and woolen clothing for evening and winter.
For Trek: Strong comfortable trekking boots, sleeping bags, water bottle, toilet paper, warm socks, sunglasses, walking stick head-gear, rain coat and warm clothing, including a down jacket for higher altitude treks and for the evenings. A sleeping bag is a must, medium to heavy is advised.