Now Trekker Pay $ 10 for TIMS Card - Himalayan Smile Treks

Now Trekker Pay $ 10 for TIMS Card

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18 to implement Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card effectively effective April 1, 2010. The new rule is made mandatory for all overseas trekkers. Now trekkers travelling through trekking companies have to pay $10 and free individual trekkers (FIT) need to pay $20 per trekking route. Explaining the use of the fund collected from this provision, Prachanda Man Shrestha, NTB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said, “The funds collected through the new levy will be used for developing trekking sector, welfare of its employees, trekking workers´ insurance, medical, social security, maintaining database, rescue of trekkers in need of emergency services and also bearing the administrative expenses of implementing TIMS, international promotion, infrastructure expansion, conservation and maintenance of existing trekking trails and exploration of new trails apart from holding training for sustainable and responsible tourism.” The money collected from TIMS will be deposited in separate bank accounts and a committee having coordinator from Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and members from NTB and TAAN will allot the fund for different programs.