Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS)
The government of Nepal had made some system change and planned the Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) from April 2010, then Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal signed on March 18, 2010, to implement the TIMS system under a new format from April 1, 2010. As the agreement was signed, they introduced separate TIMS Cards for Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to the US dollar, Euro, etc. While those traveling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to USD, Euro, etc. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay the fee to TIMS cards in USD or Rupees.
TAAN and NTB have started distributing new TIMS cards for trekkers from the SAARC region effective from October 15, 2012. FITs from SAAR countries can get the pink-colored TIMS card by paying US Dollars, euros, and Rupees. While group trekkers can get the card by paying the US Dollar, Euro, and Nepali currency.
Where and how you can get a Trekkers Information Management System Card?
TIMS card is compulsory for all trekkers in Nepal and you can get TIMS from a Trekking company in their location for the organized group. But those are free individual trekkers who have to go collect in Nepal Tourism Board Kathmandu. Pokhara as well as TAAN office in Kathmandu and Pokhara office.
Why TIMS and Where it goes?
Trekking Information Management System establishes an information center on trekking routes for our Nepal lovers who goes to Trekking in different places in Nepal if they need some information about the area then the TIMS center will provide entry with the details of guests as well as their staff's Guide and porters if there some unexpected accident occurred then it will find out who is she/he and which company sending them in this trekking route.
TIMS buyer cost goes to the management center, staff salary and if there is mountain sickness of guide and porter then Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) will rescue them by helicopter, carrying bye porter or as that situation as well as nature of guide and porter condition.