Perched at an altitude of 2,743m, the highland pastures, Baltal
serves as the base camp for pilgrims on their onward journey to
Amarnath Caves, 14 km away. Renowned for its scenic beauty,
Baltal meadows offers tent accommodation for both pilgrims and
tourists at reasonable prices. Both pony rides or, for those who
can afford, helicopter services are available to the holy
Amarnath Caves. Helicopter passengers have to disembark at
Panjtarni and foot it, or take a pony ride, to the cave, 5 km
away. For the hikers, the 14 km distance from Baltal to Amarnath
takes about 4 hours on a winding steep trail. Basic teashops are
available en route.
The site is seen with terrain tents meant for the pilgrims to
spend the night. Baltal is one hour away from Sonmarg on a taxi
or a bus. It can also be reached from Pahalgam, 24 km away, in
about 45 minutes. For hikers, it takes around 5 hours to reach
Baltal from Pahalgam.