TIMS permit


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TIMS permit for trekking

Background of Tims permit for a trek in Nepal Himalayas!

In general, TIMS permit is called the Trekkers Information Management System permit implemented to control for safety and security of the trekkers.

Past experiences show that there were a lot of difficulties to collect the right data on trekkers in an emergency. Especially it was very difficult to arrange a rescue operation during the accident times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of a lack of a proper record system of trekkers, their exact whereabouts, and the information about trekking routes, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting trekkers who were missing. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) has been effective from Jan. 1, 2008.

Furthermore, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have started recording trekkers’ details and issuing TIMS Cards to trekkers. Visiting tourists, who have an interest in a trek in Nepal, requires to receive TIMS permits. To obtain TIMS Card you need a Passport copy and two copies of Passport-size Photographs with the required fee.

Besides that, TAAN and NTB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and Trekking Group Tours. FITs need to have a Green TIMS card fee by paying Nrs 2000 per person, while those traveling in groups need to have a Blue TIMS card paying Nrs 2000 per person throughout the legal trekking company in Nepal.

How is TIMS permit look like?

The appearance of a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit can vary depending on the issuing office or agency. However, typically, a TIMS permit is a small rectangular card that contains information about the trekker and their trekking itinerary.

Front side of the TIMS permit usually has the following information:

Trekker’s full name:
Agency’s name :(if applicable)
Trip starting date:
Ending date:
TIMS permit number:
Area of trekking:

Additionally, the backside of the TIMS permit usually contains the trekker’s emergency contact information and some general guidelines for responsible trekking in the area.

Why Tims card require for trekking in Nepal?

The reasons are as given below:-

All important details of trekkers and trekking routes maintain with a computer system. There is a safe database Management System that is very useful for the safety and security of each trekker. 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 institutes, etc.

Unauthorized trekking operations control. This results in better management of trekking services and in benefits all concerned: trekkers, agencies, field staff, Government, etc., and also occasional untoward incidents will be better prevented.

To upgrade service standards and contribute to better management of sustainable mountain tourism development in Nepal. Email us to get a TIMS form Download location through Gokyo treks Nepal.

But Tims card will not required for:

Expedition members who are going to trek with climbing permits.
Visitors in the control areas are permitted by the Department of Immigration.
If the government invites foreign guests.
Authorities from different diplomatic missions in the country are holding official letter/s.
Visitors on certain missions recommend to the concerned department of the Government.
residential visa foreigner.

TIMS and ACAP permit in Pokhara.

Every trekker who plans to go hikes in the mountains should need a Nepal trekking permit. They are Tims and acap permit if tourists go to Annapurna zone. Likewise, going to Manaslu and other trek routes also requires tims card. Pokhara is a gateway for the Annapurna excursion, so Tims and acap permit Pokhara is an easy way if you reach Pokhara directly without stopping in Kathmandu.

Moreover, many people ask the same questions like do I need a tims card for a trek in Nepal? Our answer is yes! tims require everywhere hiking in the Nepalese mountains. Even, if you plan to go in restricted areas, tims permit is also essential including a restricted area permit in Nepal.

How to get TIMS permit?

Trekking TIMS permit is issued by TAAN and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) through their office in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Gokyo Treks is an authorized trek agency that can apply for the TIMS permit on behalf of trekkers.

Hence, if you are planning to trek in Nepal, write to us, and we will assist you with the process and obtain the TIMS permit for you.

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