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March 3, 2023

Tourists restricted to travel without guide

Kathmandu: Foreign tourists are no longer allowed to go trekking without a guide. Director of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Maniraj Lamichhane informed that this decision will be implemented from April 1, 2023.

Before Covid-19 in Nepal, around 51000 tourists used to come as ‘Free Individual Trekkers (FIT)’ every year. Such tourists used to travel alone by taking a  TIMs card from Nepal Tourism Board and Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) card selling agencies.

Lamichhane said that such a decision had to be taken to make the destination safer after repeating the situation that such tourists are more unsafe during the trek.

This decision has been made to make the destination safe, easy to rescue and agile in management. With the closure of TIMs card issued for FIT, the board will now distribute same type of TIMs card to all tourists. Earlier, group tourists paid Rs 1,000 per person and solo tourists paid Rs 2,000 per person to get TIMs Card. Now, the price of TIMs card for all tourists has been increased to 2000 rupees per person.

TIMs Card can be purchased online So far, to get a team card, you have to physically attend the office of NTB or Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). The board has also decided to simplify this provision and arrange for the TIM card to be issued online. All these provisions will be implemented from April 1.

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