Two well laid stone footpaths called SOPANAMARGAS are available to reach Tirumala on foot to fulfil the vows of pilgrims.
One route starts from ALIPIRI and another route starts at SRIVARIMETTU.
Pilgrims can travel by the free buses run by TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAMS or by APSRTC buses available from Tirupati Railway station and Bus stations to reach the foot of the hills namely ALIPIRI and SRIVARIMETTU.
The footpath which starts from ALIPIRI is about 7.80 Kilometres and takes approximately 3 hours to reach Tirumala, and another footpath which starts at SRIVARIMETTU is about 2.10 kilometres and takes about one hour 30 minutes.
Pilgrims who intend to trek the hills can deposit their luggage at the foot of the hills, and receive their luggage after reaching Tirumala at GNC free luggage counter for ALIPIRI trekkers and MBC free luggage counter for SRIVARIMETTU trekkers.
Pilgrims are provided with Darshan tokens enroute for preferential free Darshan.
Pilgrims are provided with amenities viz. Toilets, Drinking Water, Shelter for resting, Medical assistance, Catering facilities, constant patrol of security forces, and continuous Broadcast of Religious programmes etc. on these footpaths.
Pilgrims are requested to take the pedestrian routes keeping in view of their health condition.