Reaching Shri Amarnath via Pahalgam & Baltal Yatra TracksAs you reach Jammu & Kashmir State (J&K) you would touch Jammu if you are coming by road, rail or air where as you can also reach Srinagar directly if you plan to come by air.
Pahalgam Yatra Track- Pahalgam (2,130m) is one of the two base camps for Annual Yatra to Shri Amarnath Cave Shrine.
As one proceeds along the Yatra trek, Chandanwari (2,895m) is the first spot to reach and located at a distance of 16KMs from Pahalgam.
As the Yatra proceeds further from Chandanwari, one has to climb a height to reach Pissu Top. It is believed to be spot where Lord Shiva gave darshans during a war between Devtas and Rakshas. About 11KMs from Chandanwari, after Pissu Top, is the mountain lake of Sheshnag (3,574m).
The Holy Cave of Shri Amarnath is 6KMs away from Sheshnag. One has to climb a steep height across Mahagunas Pass (4276m) for 4.6KMs and then descend to the meadow lands of Panjtarni (3657m). After having early Darshan of the Shiv Linga at Holy Cave, one can return to Panjtarni well in time the same day.
Baltal Yatra Track- After one reaches Srinagar, the road to Baltal is via Sonamarg. Situated at an altitude of 2730m is Sonamarg.
The distance from Baltal to the Holy Cave of Shri Amarnathji is a 14KMs (one way) and the trek is fairly steep. Baltal is more popular because of its shorter distance.