A batch of 4,158 pilgrims left Jammu on Sunday for the Kashmir Valley to perform the Amarnath Yatra.
“Of these, 2,139 Yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 2,019 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.
An official said that so far, 24 pilgrims have died during the Yatra. While 22 of them died of natural causes, two passed away in accidents.
The 45-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on July 1 has been going on smoothly. Till date, at least 2,59,889 pilgrims have paid their obeisance at Amarnath cave.
“This is the highest number of pilgrims to visit the Cave shrine during the first forthright in the last four years,” an official said.