I am a smoker. How to start trekking?

#1 Sep 24th, 2017, 00:18
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All,

I am a smoker and I know it's not something to be proud of.
But this is not about quitting smoking.

I am very interested in traveling and I want to start my first trek.
I explored various online sites and shortlisted a few treks to start with.
But just as I was going to book the trek, I found a condition which says smoking and drinking strictly prohibited during trek.

Now, I am not a chain smoker and I can control smoking during active trekking or when we are at high altitude etc but it's not possible for me to stop smoking for 7 days at a stretch.

I am physically active and I do running or play tennis 3-4 times a week and I have also done a few half marathons. So, I don't think physically I am unfit to do treks

What options do I have to start my trekking journey?? Can I get in touch with some local agents who can help?

Also, a very frank question to you all who have been to treks before - Is smoking and drinking strictly prohibited in reality for these treks? Don't you guys enjoy a drink or 2 in the evening?

I hope this thread is not taken in the wrong way. I am not encouraging people to smoke. I am smoking for 23 years and I can't just quit all of a sudden. So, please understand my situation and help me if you can

Thanks
Aadi
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If you go alone or with friends then there would be no one to stop you from smoking or drinking. If you do smoke or drink take care that you don't litter around and keep the place as clean as you found it.

If you are going with an operator you would have to stick to their rules and regulations.
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Thanks .. I have no intention of littering and I am not planning to drink like crazy or something.
I have good control of how much is fine and how much is NOT.

Ok, let's say I have a small group of friends .. but then how do I arrange for guide or porter etc?
This is my first time. So, I don't know all the things I might be needing.
Can you share some contact nos etc who can help?
Also, is there any group or forum of like minded people with whom I can team up and who don't have such restrictions.
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Go to http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...-partners-f59/

Before we could share some contact details should not we know which trek would you be interested in? No point in giving a reference who specializes in Himachal and you are interested in Uttarakhand.
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Thanks very much.. I am pretty desparate
Please suggest me a trek which can be done in 8-9 days from Hyderabad ( I can fly if possible to the starting point) considering my fitness levels and zero experience. ( I guess I can manage moderately difficult treks unless it needs some special training or equipment usage)
Also, I will talk to some of my friends if they are interested. Else, anyone is free to join.
I want to do in October/early November or in February 2018
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Deoria Tal / Tungnath / Chandrashila could be an option for October / early November.
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Actually I shortlisted the Deorital Chandrashila trek as well from indiahikes/trekthehimalayas etc
Now, how do I proceed?
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There are many threads on that particular trek in this forum. Use the search box at the top to search for them. Most of the questions that you may have, have been answered in those threads.
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I'm a chain smoker . Have done Tungnatg / Deoriatal / chandrashila without any difficulty. Done a few more treks in other areas as well. Not faced any problem with smoking or evening drinks. Thanks.
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You don't need an agency for simple treks. So just finalize the locations, buy basic gear, make plans and start
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post There are many threads on that particular trek in this forum. Use the search box at the top to search for them. Most of the questions that you may have, have been answered in those threads.
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post You don't need an agency for simple treks. So just finalize the locations, buy basic gear, make plans and start
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post I'm a chain smoker . Have done Tungnatg / Deoriatal / chandrashila without any difficulty. Done a few more treks in other areas as well. Not faced any problem with smoking or evening drinks. Thanks.
Thanks, everyone.
My issue was that I thought I will go with one of these agencies which is not possible given the various restrictions.
To make a start, I think I can finalize the location and buy gears etc.
All I need is the help of guide/porter. So, is there a thread with the contact numbers of guides and porters for various locations?
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Originally Posted by aadi007 View Post All I need is the help of guide/porter. So, is there a thread with the contact numbers of guides and porters for various locations?
We have many threads in Trekking & Mountaineering forum . But all are location / destination specific. So please select your destination . You can search the forum accordingly / we can post the thread link also as per your choice .
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Before that you would need some partners also. Since there would be a possibility of hiring a cab to reach the base of the trek in case there are no shared cabs or bus available. Also the guide porter cost could be shared.

Most importantly drinking alone is boring.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post ..
Most importantly drinking alone is boring.
And potentially dangerous.. (because of additive effect of the high altitude!!)

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He seems to know how much (drink) is fine. A 30 or 60 at the end of the day before dinner should be fine.

I also am a smoker. However when I am on vacation I don't have the craving for having a smoke. Being with the family could be a reason or a change from the regular routine could be a reason. Never have been able to decipher the reason for not having the craving during vacations.

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