Advisory for Yatris coming for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2019.
Your journey shall involve trekking across high mountains, facing strong cold winds.
You must carry
(i) adequate woolen clothing;
(ii) a small umbrella);
(v) waterproof trekking shoes;
(vii) walking stick;
(viii) cap (preferably a monkey cap);
(xi) woolen socks;
(xii) trousers (preferably a waterproof pair).
These items are essential as the climate is highly unpredictable and changes abruptly from sunny weather to rain and snow.
The temperature can sometimes abruptly fall to 5 degrees Celsius or lower.
Prepaid SIM of other states will not work in J&K. Only post-paid BSNL telephone SIM will function between Baltal, Chandanwari & Holy Cave.
Children below 13 year in age and elderly persons above the age of 75 years shall not be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage.
For Ladies: saree is not a suitable dress for the Yatra. Salwar Kameez, pant-shirt or a track suit will be better.
Carry a water bottle, dry fruits, roasted grams/channa, toffees/gur (jiggery), chocolates, etc for use during the journey.
Carry some cold cream/Vaseline/sunscreen to protect your hands /face against sunburn etc.
Don’t forget to bring original Yatra Permit Forms and Identity card.
Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices.
Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave. Only wear trekking shoes with laces.
Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so would be dangerous.
Do not do anything during your entire forward/ return journey which could cause pollution or disturb the environment of the Yatra area. Use of plastics is strictly banned in the State and is punishable under law.
Do prepare for the Yatra by achieving Physical Fitness IV it is advisable to start a preparatory Morning/ Evening walk, about 4-5 km per day, at least a month prior to the Yatra.
Start deep breathing exercise and Yoga, particularly pranayam for improving oxygen efficiency of the body.
Do walk slowly while ascending and take time to acclimatize-relax for a short while on steep inclines.
Do avoid exerting beyond your normal capacity.
Do drink lots of water to combat dehydration and headaches about 5 litre of fluid per day.
Do follow the prescribed food menu IV available at Shrine Board’s website:www.shriamarnathjishrine.com IV when having food in the Yatra area.
Don’t ignore the symptoms of high altitude illness.
Don’t drink alcohol, caffeinated drink, or smoke.
Don’t ascend any further if you have altitude illness. Instead, descend immediately to an elevation where you can acclimatize.