A batch of 4,584 pilgrims left Jammu on Wednesday for the Kashmir Valley to perform the Amarnath Yatra.
An official said that 1,972 yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas for Baltal while 2,612 for Pahalgam base camp.
He said that so far, 16 pilgrims have died during the Yatra due to natural causes.
The 45-day long annual Amarnath Yatra which started on July 1 has been going on smoothly. Till date,at least 2,05,083 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.