HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) will start a trial version of the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) software from March.
“We are working with Mercantile Communications for the software and will soon start the trial version of the TIMS software when the trekking season starts, which is from March,” said chief executive officer of the association Ganga Sagar Pant.
The software will ensure the security of tourists, while they are on treks and check illegal trekking.
It will make sure that tourists at different trekking routes are safe. A trekker has to fill up a form with all the personal details and programmes throughout the stay, which will be recorded in the TIMS software. If a trekker goes missing, the software can easily trace their whereabouts.
Along with the launch of the software, trekkers from abroad can also book the TIMS card in advance by filling up a form available on the TIMS website. TAAN, along with the government, is also planning to increase the number of checkpoints in the trekking areas for the safety of trekkers.
Similarly, as a trekker enters a protected area, one will be asked the dates of the trip, itinerary and contact number. The data will be inserted in the visitor’s database, which can be accessed for park management purposes or in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the trekkers inside the park.