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TIMS Card

For safety all trekkers in Nepal must acquire the Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card before trekking. TIMS Card is mandatory to ensure the safety and security of trekkers in the general trekking areas.

Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen 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 in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, 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.

NTB and 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 Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.

Where do I get a TIMS Card?

Ammonite Adventure will provide you a card and help you fill it out prior to your trek. Alternatively,  you can obtain a TIMS card from:

  • Tourist Service Center, Bhrikutimandap.
  • Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) Office in Maligaon.
  • The TIMS Counter at NTB Regional Office in Pokhara.
  • Other Government registered trekking companies in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Fees, passport copy, and passport size photographs are required to obtain TIMS

Requirements

The following is require when obtaining a TIMS Card:

  • Fee – per trekking route per person per entry
    • Group: NRs. 1,000 (approx. USD$10)
    • Individual (FIT): NRs. 2,000 (approx. USD$20)

For SAARC countries (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation):

  • Fee – per trekking route per person per entry
    • Group: NRs. 300;
    • Individual (FIT): NRs. 600,

TIMS Counter office hours at Tourist Service Center, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu, are from 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. The counter remains open on Saturdays and public holidays also. NOTE: Diplomats are not charged for the card.

TIMS Card Example

TIMS card image

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.

Revenue collected from distribution of TIMS cards is shared into three equal parts for following purposes:

  1. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) will use the first part for printing TIMS cards, holograms, managing issuing counters and use the remaining  amount for tourism marketing, publicity and promotion.
  2. The second part is utilized in the welfare of trekking workers like buying medical and accident insurance policy for them and conducting rescue operations in case of accidents. The amount is also used to launch various programs as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and meet administrative expenses.
  3. The third part is utilized to develop infrastructures, promote, conserve, maintain trekking trails. A substantial amount is also utilized to explore, develop and promote new destinations besides organizing training and workshops for sustainable and responsible tourism development.

More information can be found at TIMS Nepal.