The next morning we were all set for our trek to VOF. No one could have prepared us for the beauty we were about to be hit with. We started at about 7 am, walked some 500 metres towards the mountain ranges and the first sight of the bridge over the waterfall itself captured my attention. The trek leader and 2 trek guides assembled us near the bridge and gave us some basic information about the trek (altitude, terrain expectation, tips in case of some medical emergency etc). The path forks into two once you cross the bridge, the left one leading to VOF and the right to Hemkund Sahib.
Initially it's a slow ascend and then it gets steep till you reach the entrance to the Valley. In the valley it's nearly flat lands you have to traverse to get to the river bed and view of the glacier. You'll get to experience it all on this trek, numerous waterfall crossings on makeshift but sturdy wooden bridges, lush green vegetation enveloping your walk, mountains taller than your eyes can see till, clouds within touching distance and of course your first glimpse when you enter the valley will forever remain a memory to hold onto. Because you'll be hit with the view of millions of flowers all laid out like a carpet, pinks and yellows and whites...
There are no water or food sources on this trek so pls ensure you carry enough sustenance to last you through the day.
Another important tip: don't limit your trek till the entrance to the valley, walk some 2-3 kilometers more till you get to the river bed because that's not a sight you would want to miss out on. Your heart skips a beat literally, it's that breathtaking and the path till the river bed is stunningly quaint and you feel you are walking in a magical land.
My third tip would be always have a walking stick, not just for this trek but for any Himalayan trek in general. It truly saves your energy and in case of this trek where the terrain is a little rough at places, it saves you from losing your footing as well.
Time your trek such that you get to the valley by 1 pm, have an hour or so to enjoy your time there and then head back to the base camp so that you are back before sunset.
I'll let the images below stun you folks into silence...