The second batch of 2,279 pilgrims on Friday left Jammu base camp for the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas amid tight security.

The pilgrims comprising 1,606 men, 399 women, 84 children and 190 sadhus left in a cavalcade of 79 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu at around 0512 hours on Friday for Amarnath, police officials said.

The convoy has crossed Ramban district on Jammu—Srinagar National Highway and was on its to Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in the Kashmir Valley.

With Friday’s batch, 5,436 pilgrims have left Jammu for the journey to the Amarnath shrine.