After a few road trips in Himachal last year, I wanted to go for a trek this May. I started working for the plan in April and was trying to get a few friends along. During this time I came across Yhai’s treks- Chanderkhani and Sar Pass. I had almost made my mind for Chanderkhani Pass with Yhai but the number of days was an issue and I couldn't get that many leaves from my job. Yhai trek needed 10 days while I hardly had 5 days.
I went on to read about the Chanderkhani Pass and found that the Yhai route was the longer one and their initial 3 days are to get you ready for the trek and make you comfortable with the weather conditions(acclimatization).
I decided to do it myself with 3 of my friends- Anurag, Aman and Bhushan. We found the itinerary for the 3 day route and started working on it. Anurag was really excited about it, so he read about it everywhere. He was sure that we could do it without any guide but I was still in doubts. After reading a few more blogs, I got further confused and I couldn't decide whether to go for a guide or not. We then checked the weather conditions in Chanderkhani on our planned dates and found that it might rain and there are chances of snowfall as well. I was sure by then that we will need a guide. It was already late and next day we were reaching Kullu. After spending almost all my time at the Pune and Delhi airport (5 hours, waiting for Bhushan to come from Nagpur) calling some 15-20 contacts, I found two tour organizers ready to provide us with guides along with a helper to cook and carry stuff like stove, food and utensils. We finalized one of them and left from Delhi for Kullu in an overnight bus.