Has anyone been trekking in the Annapurna region in December / January? At that time of year, were the leeches really as bad as I've heard about in the travel guides? By all accounts the region is pretty bad for leeches in the time during / around the monsoon, but was wondering if anyone would be able to advise on how bad they are when the weather is a bit colder?
Also if anyone has been on the Annapurna Trails & Chitwan trip, how difficult is the walking? My wife is a bit concerned about the amount of "up hill and down dale" there might be.
I did this trip in March this year (with another operator), and found that although there are some steep sections (the second day trekking starts off quite hard) that overall it's not too bad, partly because the trekking isn't very long every day so you don't get too tired. The steep bits don't go on too long either so if you're pushed, you can just go very slowly and rest as you need to - you can always make up time (if you feel the need to) on the easier stretches. The scenery is so beautiful that it's worth stopping frequently anyway. Also I found that rather than having a long rest or sitting down, it's better just to stop for a few seconds, still standing, just as and when you need to get your breath and then carry on. Enjoy!
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