We will be in Sapa for a couple of days in mid-January and have a few questions regarding the treks and clothing.
I've had surgery on both Achilles tendons and have arthritis in my feet. Although I can walk fairly well, I'm a bit concerned about the steepness of the hills (it could be a big problem for me) and the slippery conditions. I've been told that we can buy gum boots in town because the hillside are very muddy, and had planned to get some there.
My questions are:
1. Does the weather typically get colder in Jan. than it is in Dec., as it does in the US?
2. What type of boots would you recommend for a trek that is said to be up to 10k? We've been to Asia several times and it can be difficult for a taller Western woman to find suitable clothing/shoes where the people are so much smaller. Also, my brother-in-law wears a size 15 shoe and we wonder if it's even possible to find such a large size there for him.
3. Would you even recommend that I try to do a 10k trek there with my situation --especially with the mud and steepness of the hills?
4. Is there another alternative, possibly doing walking that does not involve steep hills?
When planning this trip, we expected it to be cooler in Sapa, but not cold enough for snow. That will only be 2 days out of a month's trip that will otherwise be in hot weather.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.