Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Baltal Base Camp



Baltal and Pehalham are the two base locations from where the trek to Amarnath can start. Baltal is short (14kms), but harder while Pehalham is longer(45kms) and takes longer.

We took the Baltal route. For more details follow this link.

There are numerous tented accommodation to choose from. We stayed overnight in one of the tents before commencing our Amarnath trek the next morning. We also stayed overnight here after the trek before commencing our return journey back to Srinagar.

Chopper service is available from Baltal till Sangam (3kms from Amarnath). I understand a few years back the choppers use to take pilgrims right near the Amarnath Cave. Due to environmental factors causing Ice Lingam to melt, they have stopped Choppers well below the cave. The irony is that the last 3km trek is the most difficult!

I managed some decent shots and video of the chopper.

























WIth my friend Ramaswamy 

Warm enough to pose for me.!

Ice cold outside.. But the warmth of the co-tourists keeps them out!

There seem to be more vehicles than are men here?

I definitely got his attention..didn't I?



Crystal water is too cold to take a dip..!




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Baltal Base camp


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24 comments:

  1. बाल्टाल देख कर अपनी यादे ताजा हुई, अच्छा लगा, इतना कुछ देख कर,

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  2. What an incredible journey and so much beauty! Your photos are awesome, Sridharan! Thank you for sharing this with us! An amazing experience! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  3. Coming here after a long time... missed quite a lot of your earlier posts.... shall def catch up slowly!! loved ur posts on the Amarnath trek.. u are lucky indeed to have been able to make the trip... i have only been able to dream of it till now.....

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  4. Very exciting trip. The landscapes are beautiful.

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  5. Loving this trip, keep them coming... What incredible pics, it stimulates me each time I see them!! Really want to go there someday... Have a fabulous week ahead:)

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  6. Thanks Sylvia! I was indeed an amazing experience for me!

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  7. Thanks Anu..Hope you visit Amarnath soon!

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  8. Thanks Arti..I am sure you will and should visit it someday..the terrain would be nothing new to you..!

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  9. Wonderful shots. It seems faith has overcome people. It is definitely an experience of a life time. The videos are excellent as well. Thanks.

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  10. These are great pics Sridharan, its on my wishlist as well...I am inspired to do it as soon as I can now :)

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  11. Lovely snaps and wonderful description .

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  12. Thanks Sid..You will enjoy it..Hope you make the visit soon!

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  13. Thanks PNS..! True... faith has overcome people..! It is said that faith is a hundred times more powerful than the doubt...and it probably is the reason for the enormous amount of energy and inspiration that people draw from it!

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  14. I've always wanted to go on the Amarnath trek but was never brave enough to actually do it. Looks both amazing and arduous!

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  15. Bravo! Amazing pics.
    keep it goin;)

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  16. some real nice shots of the yatra....have been meaning to embark on the yatra for some time now....but have not been able to yet!!!!
    hopefully soon!!!

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  17. Thanks Ash.. It was equally arduous indeed!

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  18. Thanks Shooting star..It would turn out to be an experience once completed..the entire journey would be very arduous though..!

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