A small batch of 667 pilgrims on Thursday left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, an official said.
The yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy of 19 vehicles, he said.
This is the smallest batch of pilgrims to leave Jammu since the yatra started.
The 60-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on June 28 has been going on smoothly with over 2,46,000 pilgrims having performed the yatra.
Except for the vagaries of weather due to which four pilgrims were killed by a landslide on the Baltal-cave shrine route, the yatra has been proceeding smoothly.
The pilgrimage will end on August 26, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.