Nepal issues Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) cards to ensure safety and security of the tourists trekking outside the controlled/restricted areas. The TIMS records trekkers’ data that helps in conducting timely search and rescue operations (S&R op) in case of accidents and natural calamities and weeding out illegal trekking operators.
The cost of the card depends on the nationality of the trekker and the size of the trekking team. For instance,
- A foreign individual traveler (FIT) pays US$ 20 for a green-color TIMS card in Nepali rupees.
- A group pays US$ 10 per person towards a blue-color TIMS card in Nepali currency. However, if the group uses services of a trekking agent, it can pay fee in US$.
- A solo trekker from the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries pays just US$ 6 for a pink color TIMS card.
- A group from SAARC pays US$ 3 per person for the pink color card. Trekkers from the region also pay the fee in Nepali rupees.
- Solo trekker can procure TIMS cards from Nepal Tourism Board (N.T.B).
- Group trekkers can obtain TIMS cards from the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).
- Group trekkers should accompany by a Nepali Guide.
- Nepal follows a different trekking permit system and fee structure for the tourists visiting trekking areas located within the controlled/restricted regions. You do not need TIMS cards for these regions.