Trekking permit TIMS Card in Nepal
Nepal, aptly, has been called 'a Trekker's Paradise'.
Its high standing mountains, scenic hills and the luxuriant Terai offers some of the most spectacular trekking routes
in the world. Passing through the diverse culture and nature, trekking in nepal
is a life-time experience which involves a certain degree of physical risks owing to the rugged topography.
With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to control illegal trekking operations and ensure safety and security of the trekkers in general trekking areas through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service as and when required . The past experiences have shown that difficulties have been faced while carrying out rescue operations promptly during the times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of lack of proper record system of trekkers, their exact whereabouts and the information about Nepal trekking routes, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the trekkers missing. The provision of Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) has come into force from Jan 01, 2008. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have started recording trekkers detail and issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.
Where & how to obtain TIMS Card ?
The visiting tourists, who are interested to general trekking areas of Nepal, are required to receive TIMS Card through any one of the following:
• Kathmandu (NTB Office, TAAN Office, and Government registered trekking agency in Nepal ) and
• Pokhara (NTB Office, TAAN Office, and Government registered trekking agency in Nepal )
• Opening Hour/s: TIMS counter at Government registered trekking Agency will remain open 12 hours a day all the seven days a week round the year,
• TIMS counter at TAAN/NTB Office will follow government working hour/days.(10am to 05pm)
• To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of Passport and two copies of Passport-size photographs.
Importance and Necessity of T.I.M.S:
The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:
• All important details of trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained on a computerized Database Management System that may be useful for safety and security of trekkers. 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, trekking 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 institute, etc.
Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting into better management of trekking service and in benefit of all concerned trekkers, agencies, field staff, Government, etc. and also occasional untoward incidents will be better prevented.
• To upgrade the service standard and contribute for better management of sustainable mountain tourism development of Nepal.
TIMS will not be required for:
• The expedition members permitted to climb the mountains.
• The visitors in the controlled areas permitted by the Department of Immigration.
• The foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal.
• The authorities from different diplomatic missions in the country, who is holding official letter/s and traveling own risk .
• Visitors on certain mission recommended by the concerned department of the Government.
• Foreign Nationals having the residential visa.
All Trekking and historical Permit Fee and Information
All visitors intending to trekking in any region in , Nepal shall have to obtain a trekking permit from the Department of Immigration, Bhrikuti Mandap, or any Government registered trekking and tour company . permits are issued for trekking in any part of the country except in areas restricted for the foreigners by the government regulation. A trekking permit in Nepal is a must to visit restricted areas mentioned below. To visit normal areas, no permission is required. But for special restricted , National park and conservation area request to bring permit from Nepal government .
Annapurna Conservation Area trekking permit : US $28 per person
Makalu Barun Conservation Area trekking permit : US $28 per person
Manasulu Conservation Area trekking permit : US $28 per person
Lang tang National Park area trekking permit : US $14 per person
Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park trekking permit : US $14 per person
Rara National Park entry permit : US $14 per person
Shey Phoksundo National Park entry permit : US $14 per person
Shivapuri National Park entry permit : US $ 5 per person
Dolpa and Kanchenjunga: Equivalent to US $ 10 per week for the first four weeks and US $ 20 per week thereafter
Manaslu: US $ 75 (December to August) per person per week. US $ 90 (September to November) per person per week.
Humla- Simikot: US $90 per person per week. Extra US $ 15 per day per person
Mustang and Upper Dolpa: US $ 700 per person for the first 10 days and US $ 70 per person per day thereafter.
Gaurishankar and Lamabagar: US $ 10 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week.
Note: Trekking to Dolpa, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu and Mustang can be undertaken through registered trekking agencies only.
Trekking permits are available from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara.or any Government registered trekking tour organization in Nepal . Two photographs and a copy of passport are required with the application. Trekkers should be obtained for the following trekking areas.
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