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Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Nepal is the only country in South Asia that does not criminalise same-sex relations. A landmark Supreme Court hearing in December 2007 ordered the government to end discrimination against sexual minorities and to ensure equal rights. That said, there’s not a big open gay scene in Nepal and gay Nepalis are vulnerable to police harassment and blackmail.

Gay couples holding hands in public will experience no difficulties, as this is socially acceptable, but public displays of intimacy by anyone are frowned upon.

Nepal recognises a third gender in its official documents, including passports. Kathmandu has a long tradition of hijra (transsexuals), though many report police harassment.

Pink Mountain Travels is a LGBT-friendly agency in Kathmandu that can arrange treks and tours.