It is now just 2 weeks from departure time. We have our hotel and taxis in Delhi booked, and have the bus to Manali booked. We are staying at Hotel Africa in Delhi on the 4th October, and then taking an overnight bus to Manali on the 5th.
In Manali we will be staying at the Keylinga Inn for 2 nights before heading off to the mountain. It will be a 3 day trek into basecamp, at which point the fun begins.
I am presently playing with my vacuum sealer to waterproof my clothes and minimize the space everything takes in the pack.