Why Is a TIMS Card Necessary?
In a short answer: Yes. This card is required to trek in Nepal. It is a record of where you are, who you are, who is with you and what you are doing in Nepal. It is an important document in the case of an emergency. We take care of all TIMS card arrangements for you. You even get to keep yours as a souvenir once you complete your trek.
The following is directions from the government regarding TIMS:
All important details regarding trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained in a computerized Database Management System, which can be useful for the trekkers’ safety and security. In order 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 concerned stakeholders such as tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.
Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting in better management of trekking services, which will not only benefit trekkers and field staff, but also trekking companies and Government agencies. Occasional untoward incidents will also be better prevented. Plus, TIMS will upgrade the service standard and will contribute to better management of sustainable mountain tourism development in Nepal.
How to get Tims card?
Trekking companies will collect trekker’s data and enter it in the central database. Then they will provide trekkers with a TIMS card after paying the fee prescribed above.
TIMS Card is compulsory to trek in all the trekking areas in the country. However, TIMS cards aren’t required for following:
- Expedition members with mountaineering permits issued by the government and Nepal Mountaineering Association
- Visitors to controlled areas having permits issued 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.
To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of:
- Two (2) passport-size photographs.