A batch of 3,967 pilgrims left Jammu on Tuesday for the Kashmir Valley to perform the Amarnath Yatra.
“Of these, 1,615 Yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 2,352 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” an official said.
He said that 12 pilgrims, two service providers and two forces personnel have lost their lives due to various natural causes during the yatra.
The 45-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on July 1 has been going on smoothly. Till date, over 1,93, 545 pilgrims have paid their obeisance at Amarnath cave.
The pilgrimage will end on August 15, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.