Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts, from the UK but now living wherever we lay our backpacks!

We’ve travelled to over 100 countries between us and this website documents our travels in words and photographs. Travelling has always been our passion – for work and for pleasure and now it is our lifestyle.

This particular journey, one that has taken us to Kathmandu and beyond, began over 7 years ago and shows no sign of ending. You can read more about us here, sign up for our newsletter, follow us in real time via social media and search our site for destinations or topics.

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How to spend a few days in Minsk, Belarus

Our suggestions of what to do in Minsk, based on our recent visit to the capital city of the Republic of Belarus Totally flattened during WWII and rebuilt to showcase the architectural style of the Stalin Empire, Minsk is a surprisingly attractive city with plenty of... read more

Postcards from the Past: Europe

We were back in the UK recently and while rummaging through one of our numerous boxes of stuff that my parents allow us to keep in storage at their house, I came across a batch of postcards that I wrote over twenty years ago. My father collected all the postcards and... read more

Pripyat: Photos from Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Haunting photographs from our visit to the abandoned town of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone …. Thirty years on Most people of a certain age have heard of the Chernobyl Disaster, often referred to simply as ‘Chernobyl’, the name of the... read more

Trekking in Nepal: Everest Base Camp

Trekking to Everest Base Camp: the Ultimate Experience? The Everest region is by far the biggest trekking draw in Nepal and the classic route to Everest Base Camp is always going to be top of the agenda for many trekkers visiting the country. In the high season (and... read more

Preah Vihear: Cambodia’s contentious Angkorian ruins

Preah Vihear Temple: A brief guide on why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is so controversial, how to get to Preah Vihear and is it safe to visit? Situated atop a 525m high plateau in the Dangrek Mountains, Preah Vihear is one of the most dramatically located... read more

Trekking in Nepal: Upper Mustang trek

Trekking in the remote Kingdom of Mustang: Upper Mustang trek Once you have trekked in Upper Mustang it is easy to see why it is hailed as ‘The last forbidden Kingdom’. The scenery along the entire route is simply stunning and the high cost of the permit ensures that... read more

An Introduction to Trekking in Nepal

An introductory guide to help you prepare for your first trek in Nepal. In this article we aim to cover many of the frequently asked questions that travellers have when they are planning a trek to the Nepalese Himalaya. When is the Best Time of Year to Trek in Nepal?... read more

Travel Shot | The Golden Temple in Amritsar

Unless you are heading up to or coming down from Kashmir, or planning to cross the border into Pakistan (a big no, no at the moment), Amritsar doesn’t really sit naturally on a journey through northern India. Make the effort to get there, however, and you will be... read more

Popular Features

Street Art

Street Art from around the world as spotted on our travels. Yes, it’s bit of an obsession for Kirsty!

Off the Beaten Path

Sometimes you just need to say “Stop the bus!” Join us on the road less travelled.

Back in the Day

Mark, in particular, does like to reminisce about the “good old days”.

Europe Guides

Highlights from our European travels. What to see and do if you have a few days in …

Photo Essays

You may have noticed that we like taking pictures. These posts feature a lot!


We like unusual festivals. You can read about some of our favourites.

Kathmandu & Beyond Photography

You may have noticed we love photography and include a lot of images in our posts. However this is the page to head to if you want to see our best images all in one place! You can browse destinations to pinpoint the countries you are interested in.

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