The walking in both areas is a little harder than Exodus describe-we thought at times that it more similar to the Inca trail-some days being more C than B. Most walking days in Annapurnas finish in the early afternoon-in April this was good as clouds and showers happened late afternoon.
Tea houses we used were all quite satisfactory- very basic but clean double rooms and usually European loos.Food mainly non meat based but lots of Daal Bhat, Chow Mein Curry Pizza and Pasta. (Cost 2013 per plate £1.50-£5.00 beers upwards of £3.00)Loos well cleaned (and those paper bins emptied..) but plumbing mostly ineffective. A few had a limited en suite but often without a handbasin /sink. Some did not charge for showers or electric charging. Everest area slightly more expensive for food, showers and food -but not quite as expensive as Exodus trip notes suggest. Bottled water freely available everywhere but increasingly expensive from Lukla upwards. (range 20p-£2). Some long steps on routes in the Annapurnas and on second after Lukla is mostly a long (7 hrs) up hill slog on the long drag up to Naamche bazaar. Routes in both areas are really well selected to give daily variety of experiences
Get up earlyevery day to see the best mountain peak views in both regions. There are some high suspension bridges crossing gorges but all were fine and stable. Don't cross if mules or Yows (Yak/cow crossbreeds) are likely to cross at the same time
Chitwan a really good chillout in a nice lodge -a chance to do laundry too -but still a busy few days.Elephant ride OK but it is becoming touristy. Rhino numbers are down compared to a visit 9 years ago and are now usually only seen from tracking on foot. Wonderful interlude.
Driving in Nepal is an experience-after you get used to the overtaking system (!) it is actually skillful and at a low speed. The drive from Katmandu to Pokhara and back via Chitwan can seem a bit time consuming and tedious but you do see glimpses of the real Nepal. Regular stops at reasonable cafes with useable clean loos.
Katmando has some wonderful sights -but it is congested chaotic and polluted in its deep valley. Taxis cheap and effective way of getting around-drivers helpful but may not have good spoken English.