The pristine Chorabari Tal (4,220 m) is one of the two snouts of the Chorabari glacier. It is situated at an altitude of 13,700 metres in the Kedarnath Valley of Uttarakhand. This lake is the vital source of the Mandakini River, a tributary of Alaknanda River. The Chorabari Tal is idyllically situated on the mouth of Chorabari Bamak glacier and lies at the foothills of Kedarnath and Kirthi Stambh peaks.
The Chorabari Tal is also referred to as “Gandhi Sarovar” because, in the year 1948, the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in the lake. The traditional name of this lake is Kanti Sarovar.
A sight to behold:
Upon reaching Chorabari Tal, the travellers can admire the awe-inspiring view of the Himalayan Peak (Kailash Parvat) on the shallow, crystal clear waters of this lake. One can also see the Mandakini River which originates from here itself. When the portals of the Kedarnath shrine was opened for the first time for pilgrims of all around the world, this lake along with the whole valley was wrapped up in a thick layer of snow.
How to Reach:
Chorabari Tal is easily approachable as transportation is available from Haridwar and Rishikesh to Gaurikund, which is a 250 km road journey. From Gaurikund to Kedarnath, the travellers will have to cover a distance of 14 km on foot. Horses and Pithus are also available from Gaurikund to Kedarnath. On reaching Kedarnath, the trek to Chorabari Tal will follow from an iron bridge on Mandakini River. The Chorabari Tal is located at a distance of 3.5 km from the iron bridge. One can savour the views of the grassy fields, Doodh Ganga River and the rumbling Madhu Ganga waterfall situated at a distance of 3 km from the lake. It is advised to commence your trek in the morning hours as the weather changes frequently.