NTB revised procedures of TIMS for Trekking in Nepal
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has revised procedures of the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS).
The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has updated the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) protocols, requiring all trekkers to utilize a registered trekking guide and receive a TIMS card from authorized trekking businesses beginning April 1.
According to a statement issued by the NTB, with the introduction of the new rule, all trekkers would be required to hire a licensed trekking guide and receive a TIMS card through authorized trekking agencies registered with the government of Nepal.
Furthermore, NTB has stated that the decision was made after numerous discussions with trekking and expedition stakeholders as well as the relevant trade union in Nepal, in order to help mitigate adverse incidents such as trekkers becoming lost en route, encountering health issues or natural disasters, and so on.
Following the adoption of the new service, trekkers will have rapid access to a professional support system, which is expected to aid in tackling the problems of rescue operations in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. According to NTB, the new provision will offer employment chances for those working in Nepal's tourist sector and deter unauthorised hiking operations in the country.
At the same time, the TIMS card cost has been reduced to Rs 1,000 per person for SAARC citizens and Rs 2,000 for trekkers from the rest of the globe, while rates for diplomatic missions in Nepal will stay the same, but they must be accompanied by a qualified guide. NTB believes that such efforts can pave the way for sustainable, responsible, and eco-friendly tourism in Nepal's Himalayan area.
NTB statement can be found here:
New Provision for Trekking in Nepal - April 2023