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Trekking in Nepal


- Nepal is a wonderful destination for trekkers for the purpose relishing the expereince of enjoying the nature. The country is blessed with the longest trekking route Annapurna Trekking and shortest treks through the green hills. Tourists from various countries love to view the natural beauty while having the first hand experience of rural life. Trekkers feel highly energized physically and mentally and get memorable experience of life time. Even internal tourist go for trekking to enjoy the moment of walking on the hills and mountains. Kaski, Myagdi, Manang, Mustang, Lamjung, Annapurna Base Camp, Dhaulagiri Base camp, Dolpo, Karnali and Annapurna Circuit are famous destinations from trekking. Out of these internal as well as foreign tourists most of them prefer the trekking routes of Kaski. 70% of the tourists visiting Pokhara opt for trekking.As Nepal hosts eight highest peaks of the world out of ten, foreign tourist also come for mountaineering.

TIMS Card:
With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of the "Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to ensure safety and secutiry of the trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations.

As a trekker entering a protected area in Nepal, you will be asked to provide some infromation about the dates of your trip, the itinerary and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitor's database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or in case of accidents and/or natureal calamities., in order to infrom the concerned institutions about the trekkers inside the park of anytime.

TIMS cards should be collected by both free individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authrized trekking agencies.

Past expereinces have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operation during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties, in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS Card, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed.

The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers' details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.

TIMS system is being implemented in a new format from April 1,2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US$ 20 per person while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US$ 10 per person. Trekkkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in UD dollars.

Where and how to obtain a TIMS Card:
FREE INDIVIDUAL TREKKRS: can obtain TIMS cards at the offices of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara, TAAN Secretariat at Maligaon and TAAN Pokhara Secretariat in Pokhara upon filling the TIMS application firm.

ORGANIZED TREKKES, Trekking companies will collect trekkers' data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIMS card after paying fee prescribed above.

Opening Hour's:
TIMS Counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year
NTB Offices follow government working hours and days
Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

Document Required:
To obtain TIMS Card you need a copy of passport two Passport size Photographs.

Why is TIMS Necessary?
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 route handiling agencies, duration etc. The data generated from the system will be useful to all concerned stakeholders such as tourism organization, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute etc.

Unauthrized trekking operations will be controlled thus, resulting in better management of trekking services., which will not only benifit trekkers and field staff, but also trekking companies and Government agencies. Occasional untoward incidents will also be better prevented. TIMS will upgrade the service standard and will contirbute to better management of sustainable mountaintourism development in Nepal.

TIMS will not be required for:
Expedition members permitted to climb the mountains
Visitors in the controlled areas with permits by the Departments of Immigration
Foreign guest invited by the Government of Nepal
Authrities from the various diplomatic missions present in thecountry who hold official letter's and travel at their own risk.
Visitors on centain missions recommended by the concerened Governent(S)
Foreign Nationals possessing a residential visa.

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