As part of a bid to promote the country as the homosexual tourism capital of Asia, Nepal is set to stage same-sex weddings on Mount Everest.
According to a report in The Telegraph, Nepal's homosexual community will host a tourism conference next month to explore how to attract wealthy gay visitors to boost the country's war-ravaged economy.
AdvertisementThe country's new constitution will legalise homosexual marriage in May this year, when "Pink Mountain" will begin offering luxury honeymoon and wedding packages.
The paper further says that Sunil Babu Pant, a Communist legislator and leader of the country's homosexual rights movement, has launched a travel company dedicated to promoting the former Hindu kingdom to gay tourists in an effort to tap the so-called "Pink Pound" and dollar.
The company will offer elephant-back bridal processions, Everest base camp ceremonies and weddings in remote Tibetan enclaves in the Himalayan republic.
Pant is hoping to build on the government's new determination to maximise income from tourism by targeting all potential markets.
The country's tourism minister wrote a welcome statement for the International Conference on Gay and Lesbian Tourism in Boston last October, in which he said he believed Nepal will benefit from an increase in gay visitors.
Pant said if Nepal can attract ten per cent of the world's gay tourists, its economy would receive a significant boost.