Located at a distance of 15 km from Sonmarg, Baltal Valley is a beautiful destination which serves as a camping area for pilgrims heading towards the Amarnath Caves. The destination is well-known to offer beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. Situated at an altitude of 2743 meter above sea level, the valley is set at the base of Zojila Pass, along the banks of Sindhi River. During the time of Amarnath Yatra, Baltal Valley is dotted with a number of pilgrim tents. Amarnath Caves are located at a distance of 15 km from Baltal Valley. Ponies are available from the valley to reach Amarnath Caves. Pilgrims are offered with free langars at the valley. There are a number of small tea stalls around the valley.
The green fields and serene atmosphere of the valley makes it a must visit attraction of Sonmarg. Baltal Valley is a paradise for trekkers as it is known to offer some great treks. However, it is best to check the weather conditions before planning a hike or trek to the valley. Baltal Valley experiences pleasant summers and chilly winters. The best time to visit the valley is from the month of April to June when the weather remains pleasant. Also, during this time, the famous Amarnath Yatra takes place.
Baltal Valley can be easily reached from Sonmarg and Pahalgam. Sonmarg is located at a distance of 15 Km and Pahalgam at a distance of 24 Km from the valley. Tourists can reach the valley via trek or by taking bus or taxi.