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, routes, handling agencies, duration, etc., to carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers during 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, benefiting not only hikers and field staff but also trekking businesses and governmental organizations. Additionally, TIMS helps Nepal manage the growth of sustainable mountain tourism better.
How is a TIMS card obtained?
- Trekking companies will provide you with a TIMS card after gathering your data and receiving payment for the required permits.
- A TIMS card is required for trekking in Nepal.
- Visitors who are here for an expedition and have mountaineering permits from the government and the Nepal Mountaineering Associationdo not require a TIMS card.
- The Department of Immigration issues permits for visitors to restricted areas, which are applied to and provided to the client by the trekking agencies.
- Foreigners that the Nepali government has invited from the various diplomatic missions who travel at their own risk and hold official letters do not require TIMS cards.
- Visitors on specific missions that the relevant government department(s) has recommended who are international citizens with a resident visa do not require a TIMS card.
Note: To get the TIMS Card, you must have a copy of your passport and at least two passport-size photos.