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Why is TIMS Necessary ?

You are protected by a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. A computerized database management system that can be used for the trekkers' safety and security shall be maintained with all pertinent information regarding all trekkers and trekking routes. This database contains personal information about trekkers, dates, the trekking area, trekking routes, handling agencies, duration, etc. to carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers in the event of natural disasters and other accidents. All interested parties, including tourism organizations, government organizations, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institutes, etc., will find use for the data produced by the system.

Controlling unauthorized trekking operations will lead to better management of trekking services, which will benefit not only hikers and field staff but also trekking businesses and governmental organizations. Additionally, occasional undesirable events will be better avoided. Additionally, TIMS helps Nepal manage the growth of sustainable mountain tourism better.

How is a TIMS card obtained?

The trekking companies will provide you with a TIMS card after gathering your data, entering it in the main database, and receiving payment for the required permits.

A TIMS Card is required for trekking everywhere in the country. But the following are exempt from TIMS card requirements:

  • Members of the expedition who have mountaineering permits from the government and Nepal Mountain Association
  • The Department of Immigration issues permits for visitors to restricted areas.
  • foreigners that the Nepali government has invited
  • Officials from the various diplomatic missions based there who travel at their own risk and hold official letters,
  • Visitors on specific missions that the relevant government department(s) has recommended
  • international citizens with a resident visa.

Required Documents

To obtain the TIMS Card, you need to:

  • Passport copy
  • two (2) photos in passport size

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