It is advisable to start the treeking early in the morning..we started at 3:30.
Because if you start late then you will encounter melting snow which maker your ascend difficult and descend even more difficult.
Now this part of trek is steep comparatively the first part of trek. After trekking 3-4 kms you will reach the second base camp. You will not encounter snow till this base camp.
The trek to final base camp starts from here..and is around 1 to 2 kms...of steep climbing.The snow will make it more difficult not to mention even more enjoyable. Due to snow you may not be able to identify the trail..but just using your instincts use the path doable for you.You can make you own trail too.There may be many trails going up..but all meet on same path in the end.
After reaching the summit you will be defintly exhilarated.You will be welconed by breathtaking views of the greater himalayas and the mighty peaks of Nanda devi, bandarpuch,kalaanaag etc. The feeling of achievment after long hard work is just unexplainable. Spend as much time as you want and return..using some other way or the same trail if you like.
Our guide use to say ' Ek hi trail he sab'.
So just use your exticts and make your own path..yes you will slip...fall..may harm yourself a little..but they will be lessons too.
Some of the tips during descend are:
Use your heels ....put them first ...and dig them in snow for stability.
Use soft or fresh snow to descent rather than hard..because hard snow is more slippery.
Keep water with yourself.There is no water source from first base camp upto final summit.
Keep hope and strenght up.
And you will make it.