All trekkers and travellers visiting certain protected areas within Nepal are required to obtain a TIMS registration. Read this blogpost to know more about how you can independently get it.
What is TIMS?
The Trekker Information Management Service (“TIMS”) Registration is another registration process to be done by any foreigner (non-Nepali person) who intends to trek or travel through any protected area in Nepal. For example, anyone travelling to Kagbeni, Muktinath or other places in Mustang or Manang, within the Annapurna Conservation Area.
Where and How to get a TIMS?
The TIMS registration is usually done within the same office at which other trekking permits are issued (at Kathmandu or Pokhara), albeit at a different desk or at a TIMS checkpost along the relevant route.
What Documents do you need for TIMS Registration?
To get a TIMS registration, you need to submit the following documents: (i) an application form with personal details and information of your trekking/travel permit; and (ii) 2 passport size photographs.
The TIMS application form also requires details of travel insurance to be provided.
When I made the application in Pokhara I was told that travel insurance is MANDATORY. However, I subsequently saw Indian citizens getting the registration at the checkpost in Tatopani (on the route to Lower Mustang) without any travel insurance. To err on the side of caution, I would recommend obtaining travel insurance nevertheless, especially because it can be quite useful in case you need any medical or other assistance. Since the ACA region is not very well connected and has only basic facilities, medical emergencies usually require the use of helicopter evacuation, which can be a massive expense if you don’t have travel insurance.
I found some reasonable travel insurance options for Indian citizens from Bajaj Allianz. You can find more details on this website.
How much does the TIMS cost?
As of May 2019, the cost for a TIMS Registration was 600 Nepali Rupees per application.
How long is a TIMS valid for?
Typically, the TIMS runs concurrent to the validity of the relevant trekking/travel permit that you have obtained.
On my trip, I had obtained 2 separate Annappurna Conservation Area Permits and had to 2 obtain 2 corresponding TIMS registrations that were connected and ran concurrently to each of the trekking/travel permits.
Do also read my blogpost about how to obtain permits for travel to the Annapurna Conservation Area in Nepal – this will be particularly useful for anyone planning a trip to Lower Mustang, Upper Mustang or Manang.