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Health Advisory

  1. The Pilgrimage to Holy Cave of Shri Amarnathji involves trekking at altitudes as high as 14000 feet.
  2. Yatris may develop High Altitude Sickness with following symptoms: loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness and difficulty in sleeping, visual impairment, bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination of movements, paralysis on one side of the body, gradual loss of consciousness and mental status changes, drowsiness, chest tightness, fullness, congestion, fast breathing and increased heart rate.
  3. If high altitude sickness is not treated timely, it may be lethal in a matter of hours.

    Important Points:

  1. The Food Menu shall apply to Langar Organizations / Food Stalls / Shops / other establishments which come up in the Yatra area to serve / sell food to the Yatris / Service Providers.
  2. No items mentioned under Baned Menu shall be served / sold / stored by the Langar Organizations / Food Stalls / Shops / other establishments.
  3. District Magistrates of Ganderbal and Anantnag Districts shall issue appropriate orders under Ranbir Penal Code specifying penalties to be imposed for violation of the Food Menu prescribed above.
  4. To prevent dehydration, plain water should be served in large quantities to the Yatris / Service Providers.

Permitted Menu

Banned Menu


Cereals, Pulses, Green Vegetables, Potato, Saag, Nutrela Soya Chunks), Besan Curry, Plain Dal, Green Salad, Fruits and Sprouts

All Non Veg foods, Alcohol, Tobacco, Gutka, Pan Masala, Smoking, other intoxicants.


Plain Rice, Zeera Rice, Khichri and Nutrela Rice.

Heavy Pullav / Fried Rice.


Roti / Phulka, Dal Roti, Missi Roti, Makki ki Roti (unfried, without oil / butter), Tandoori Roti, Bread / Kulcha / Double Rotti, Rusk, Chocolate, Biscuits, Roasted Chana and Jaggery, Sambar, Idli, Uttapam, Poha, Vegetable sandwich (without cream / butter / cheese), Bread Jam, Kashmiri Nan (girda) and steamed Dumplings (vegetable Momos).

Pori, Bathura, Piza, Burgar, Stuffed Parantha, Dosa and Fried Roti, Bread with Butter, Cream Based Foods, Pickle, Chutney, Fried Papad, Chowmein and all other Fried / Fast Food.


Herbal Tea, Coffee, Low Fat Curd, Sharbat, Lemon Squash / Water, Low Fat Milk, Fruit Juice, Vegetable Soup, Mineral Water, Glucose (in standard packet form)

Cold Drinks and Karrah.


Kheer (Rice / Sabudana), White Oats (Daliya), Figs, Raisins, Apricots, Other Dry fruits (only roasted / raw), Low Fat Milk Sawain, Honey, Boiled Sweets (candy), Roasted papad, Khakra, Til Ka Ladoo, Dhokla, Chikki (Guchak), Reweri, Phulian Makhane, Murmara, Dry Petha, Amla Muraba, Fruit Muraba and Green Coconut.

Halwa, Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Laddu Khoya Burfi, Rasgulla and all other Halwai items, Crunchy Snacks (high in fat and salts) chips / Kurkure, matthi, Namkeen Mixture, Pakora, Samosa, Fried Dry Fruits and all other Deep Fried Items.

  1. For women Yatris: They must not wear sarees during the Yatra.
  2. Salwar kameez, pant-shirt or a track suit is advisable.
  3. Women who are more than 6 week pregnant shall not be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
  4. Children below 13 years in age and elderly persons above the age of 75 years shall not be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage.
  5. Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices. Walk only on the tracks.
  6. Don’t walk barefoot or be without woolen clothing at any time as the temperature in the Yatra area remains low and changes abruptly.
  7. Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave. Only wear trekking shoes with laces.
  8. Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so is dangerous.
  9. Don’t commence journey on an empty stomach. If you do so, you may attract a serious medical problem.
  10. Do not bring with you any polythene material as its use is banned in J&K and is punishable under law.
  11. Avoid throwing coins, currency notes, decorative chunnis, brass lotas or any other material towards the Shivlingam while having Darshans at the Holy Cave.
  12. Do not stay at Holy Cave overnight in view of high altitude and harsh and unpredictable weather conditions.
  13. Do not leave Panjtarni Camp towards Holy Cave after 3.00 PM as no darshan is allowed at Holy Cave after 6.00 PM.
  14. Please visit the website of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board and watch the informative Video documentary to get familiarized with the difficulties to be faced on the Yatra route.
  15. In case of any query related to Yatra, please contact us at +91 9070 678 678 and +91 9070 077 799 and website: www.amarnathjiyatra.in.

Health Advisory

  1. Do prepare for the Yatra by achieving Physical Fitness – it is advisable to start a preparatory Morning/ Evening walk, about 4-5 km per day, at least a month prior to the Yatra.
  2. Start deep breathing exercise and Yoga, particularly pranayam for improving oxygen efficiency of the body.
  3. Do check with your physician prior to travelling to higher elevations, if you have any existing pre-existing medical conditions.
  4. Do walk slowly while ascending and take time to acclimatize-relax for a short while on steep inclines.
  5. Do avoid exerting beyond your normal capacity.
  6. Do take compulsory rest at various locations and ensure time logging and take ideal walking time mentioned on the display boards while moving towards next location.
  7. Do check with your physician prior to taking any medications.
  8. Do drink lots of water to combat dehydration and headaches–about 5 litres of fluid per day.
  9. Do follow the prescribed food menu – available at our website amarnathjiyatra.in – when having food in the Yatra area.
  10. Do consume plenty of carbohydrates to reduce fatigue and prevent low blood sugar levels.
  11. Do bring portable oxygen with you as it is helpful in case you have difficulty in breathing.
  12. Do descend immediately to a lower elevation, if you start having altitude illness symptoms.
  13. In case there is any change in the status of your health after having obtained Compulsory Health Certificate some weeks earlier, do consult your doctor before embarking on the pilgrimage.
  14. In case of any signs of High Altitude Sickness or any other discomfort, immediately contact the nearest medical facility located at every 2 kms.

Don’ts for prevention of High Altitude Illness.

  1. Don’t ignore the symptoms of high altitude illness.
  2. Don’t drink alcohol, caffeinated drink, or smoke.
  3. Don’t ascend any further if you have altitude illness. Instead, descend immediately to an elevation where you can acclimatize.
  4. Don’t accept everything a sick Yatri says since his/ her judgment is impaired.