Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has opened the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) counter in Manang Plaza, Thamel. Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha inaugurated the new counter amid a function on Tuesday morning (November 11, 2014). The counter will open from 7: 00 AM till 6: 00 PM in the evening and from 10: 00 AM till 1: 00 PM on public holidays. Now onwards, foreign trekkers-both FITS and those traveling in groups can get TIMS cards from the counter.
At present, TIMS has been implemented in three major trekking areas of the country – Everest region, Langtang region, and Annapurna region. Foreigners traveling in a group through the company have to pay a fee of US $10 each for TIM’s card, while FITS need to pay $20 each. Similarly, FITS and group trekkers from SAARC countries are required to pay $6 and $3 respectively. Payment should be made in equivalent to Nepali currency.