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TIMS Card

The Government of Nepal has made some changes in existing Trekkers’ Management Information System (TIMS) provisions from April 1, 2010. As per the government decision, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) will jointly implement the TIMS.


NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system under a new format from April 1, 2010. As per the MoU, they 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. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollar.

Similarly, TAAN and NTB have started distributing new TIMS cards for trekkers from the SAARC region effective from October 15, 2012. FITs from SAARC countries can get the pink-colored TIMS card by paying US$6, while group trekkers can get the card by paying US$3 or equivalent Nepali currency.

Where and how to obtain a TIMS Card

Organized Trekkers:

Trekking companies will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and 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:   

  1. Expedition members with mountaineering permits issued by the government and Nepal Mountaineering Association.   
  1. Visitors to controlled areas having permits issued by the Department of Immigration   
  1. Foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal   
  1. Authorities from the various diplomatic missions present in the country, who hold official letter/s and travel at their own risk   
  1. Visitors on certain missions recommended by the concerned Governmental Department(s)   
  1. Foreign Nationals possessing a residential visa.

Opening Hour/s:   

  1. Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

Documents Required:
To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of:   

  1. Passport

   

  1. two (2) Passport-size Photographs.

Why is TIMS Necessary?

The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing 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.

 

Revenue collected from distribution of TIMS cards is shared into three equal parts for following purposes:


1. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) will use the first part for printing TIMS cards, holograms, managing issuing counters and use the remaining  amount for tourism marketing, publicity and promotion.
2. The second part is utilized in the welfare of trekking workers like buying medical and accident insurance policy for them and conducting rescue operations in case of accidents. The amount is also used to launch various programs as a part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and meet administrative expenses.
3. The third part is utilized to develop infrastructures, promote, conserve, maintain trekking trails. A substantial amount is also utilized to explore, develop and promote new destinations besides organizing training and workshops for sustainable and responsible tourism development.

 

Adventure International's Travel Tips for Traveler
Adventure International Trekking Provide you some tips on how you can make responsible travel choices. We've set them out so that you can easily print them off and take them in your travel kit.

  • Before You Leave Home.
  • Is Your Holiday Green, Or Just Green wash?
  • Culture Shock vs. Culture Connection.
  • Minimize Your Impact On Fragile Places.
  • Watching Wildlife.

What is Responsible Travel?

Adventure International noticed that Responsible travel is about minimizing your impact and maximizing your connection with people and the environment. It's about making a positive contribution and having the most rewarding and inspiring travel experiences of your life. Responsible tourism can be more-or-less defined as travel that takes into consideration the 'triple bottom line' issues of:

Environment: Adventure International request travel that minimizes negative environmental impacts and, where possible, makes positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness, natural and human heritage.

Social/Cultural: travel that respects culture and traditions and fosters authentic interaction and greater understanding between travelers and hosts.
Economic: travel that has financial benefits for the host community and operates on the principles of fair trade.

Adventure International organizes the responsible travel ethos is one of the most direct and personal ways you can make a difference to some of the biggest issues affecting our world: poverty and peace. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem - and have the time of your life doing it.

Before You Leave Home:

  • Do as much research as you can - the more you know about a country and its people before you arrive, the quicker you get under the skin of a place.
  • Learn a few words of the local language and make sure you know what's considered polite and what's not in terms of eating, greeting and dressing.
  • Try to leave as much excess packaging at home (e.g. film boxes, anything plastic) - so your hosts don't have to deal with your garbage.
  • Look at off-setting your contribution to carbon emissions, so your travels are 'carbon neutral'.

Adventure International trekking preference: -

  • Tour operators, hotels and lodges that are genuine in their approach to responsible tourism will generally have a written policy covering their environmental impact, employment and cultural policy. If they don't, ask them why - by their response, you'll be able to make the judgment call.
  • Before you travel, Please, Ask some specifics about how they implement their policy.
  • How are they dealing with the main environmental issues facing them?
  • Do they employ local guides, leaders and staff and provide training opportunities?
  • Do they limit the size of their groups to minimize environmental and social impact?
  • Do they have a 'green' purchasing policy?
  • Do they work with the local community? If so, what proportion of their revenue is redirected to that community?
  • What information do they offer their clients on responsible travel?

In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, it's not [always] easy being green. But if an operator is getting it right, Adventure International'll be proud of it and will be happy to answer your questions.

Culture Shock vs. Cultural Connection

One of the best things about traveling with Adventure International is making connections with people from different cultures, in an authentic and mutually enjoyable way.

  • 'Cultural sensitivity' is simply a matter of respect: take your behavioral cues from the locals and, if in doubt, try to see things from the locals' point of view.
  • Go with the flow. Other cultures have very different concepts of time, personal space and socially acceptable behaviors. You'll find it a lot less stressful - and a lot more enlightening - if you just chill out. You might even reassess your own ideas.
  • Dress appropriately. Looking at the locals is a good way to gauge what to wear. Particularly in conservative cultures, don't flaunt your flesh and try to be neat and clean - it's only respectful.
  • Try to be conservative with resources such as water, food and energy - you may be depriving local people or making a negative impact on their environs.
  • Buying locally made crafts and curios means your money goes directly to the community.
  • Enjoy the ancient art of bargaining: part pas-de-dues, part drama, part chess-game, bargaining is a skill and an art form. It's as much about the social interaction as the final outcome. Make sure you know when bargaining is appropriate - and when it's not. Have fun with it and keep things in perspective - does haggling over that last dollar really make a difference to you, compared to the vendor?

It's when you make those cross-cultural connections - even though initially you may have thought you had nothing in common - that it hits you again: people are the same wherever they're from; we all have the same needs and desires, aspirations and affections. Reveling in that realization is the holy grail of traveling.

Wilderness Wanderings: How to minimize your impact on fragile places

No matter what you do, your mere presence will make some impact on any given environment, so keep that impact short term and minimal. These tips apply to remote wilderness as well as your own backyard. Hiking and Trekking in Nepal, for the first time trekker the prospect of Rather than jumping into the wilderness to get away from it all, at the terraced hillsides and wandering amid incredible mountain scenery.

Adventure International suggest you during the Hiking

  • Keep erosion to a minimum: don't be tempted to create a new track or take a shortcut. Stay on the existing trail where possible even if it's muddy or there's room to walk alongside While you're admiring the view, try to keep one eye on your feet! Particularly at high altitudes and latitudes, native flora can be very slow-growing. It can take years to regenerate after being crushed by your muddy boots.
  • Take your rubbish home with you if it can't be properly disposed of along the way.
  • Take a strong water bottle and boil or purify your drinking water, rather than buying bottled water:
    the scourge of the 21st century is shaping up to be discarded plastic water bottles...

Toilet Hygien

  • Tent pegs make good shovels: if you get caught short on the trekking trail, dig hole at least 15cm deep (or 30cm in hot areas), on the lower side of the trail, preferably at least 100 meters from it.
  • Take a cigarette lighter and burn your toilet paper. If there is a risk of fire, or the ground is too hard or stony to dig a hole, use leaf litter or rocks to cover.
  • Make sure you're at least 100 meters away from any watercourse.

Washing and water pollution

If bathing or swimming, consider the sensibilities of local people - both regarding what you wear and the fact that you're using 'their' water. Bathe downstream from water collection points or villages and avoid using soaps (particularly ones containing phosphates) in fresh waterways.

Wildlife watching

  • Be aware of suggested or legal approach distances and other recommendations for observing wildlife. A basic rule of thumb is if the animal is altering its behavior due to your presence, then you're too close. The best wildlife watching is when you get to see the animals' natural, often quirky, behavior. Invest in a long camera lens and binoculars.
  • Don't be tempted to buy souvenirs made from wild animal products, including skins, ivory or bone. Not only is it illegal to import or export them in most cases, you're likely to be supporting poaching practices that have had devastating impacts on animal populations. Similar principles apply to wooden products: check you're not purchasing a chunk of old-growth rainforest.
  • Responsible tourism is not the full or only answer to the future sustainability of tourism. But unless we shift our attitudes to tourism and travel we'll lose the wild places, the traditions and the eccentricities of the world. Life will be far more homogenized and far less surprising, and our spirit will be the poorer for it.

Adventure International hope to give you the tools and the inspiration you need to try a new way of traveling. AIT hope our on-line information, You will have: Experiences of a Lifetime, our company dedicated to responsible tourism, will reveal a way of traveling that will challenge your perceptions; shake you out of your comfort zone; enthrall you and enrich your soul. Not only will you make a contribution to other people's lives, you might just change your own.

 

 



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