Recently Government of Nepal maintaining the record of trekkers and daunting illegal operation in trekking business, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have occurrence to put into operation the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) from 1st January 2008.All foreign trekkers going on trekking in different areas of the country are required to obtain a TIMS slip/certificate. Unlike Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC), the TIMS slips will be made available to trekkers free of cost. Trekking companies, who are members of TAAN, will be used as TIMS counters. The TAAN central office in Kathmandu and its regional chapter office in Pokhara will also issue TIMS slips. If it is necessary, NTB will open its counter to issue the slips for Free Individual Tourists (Fits). There are two types of TIMS Certificates: blue certificate for the organized trekkers and green certificates for free individual trekkers (FIT) Trekkers will get a TIMS Card from Adventure Nepal Eco Trekking Company in Thamel Kathmandu Nepal.
( I) Illegal operation in trekking business can be discouraged.
(II) Control the illegal activities in the trekking business.
(III) Easier to carry out rescue operation during emergencies.
(IV) Tendency of deporting trekking staffs in difficult conditions can be controlled.
(V) More employment opportunities for experienced guides and field staffs can be generated.
(VI) Easier to decrease pressure on trekking routes by diverting trekkers to other routes. This will help decrease mismanagement at the routes during peak season.
(VII) Create business environment and improve professional knowledge of entrepreneurs and increase government proceeds.