If you revere rafting Kyrgyzstan is one of the perfect places for that! We have a lot of mountainous rivers that are pretty famous between rafters. You will have unforgettable time here and you will collect many new impressions and new friends. Rafting in Kyrgyzstan is becoming one of the most popular activities. Do not lose your chance - come for rafting to Kyrgyzstan!
The wealth of mountain streams and rivers and sunny days has been attracting fans of white water to Kyrgyzstan from all around the world. Because of the unique natural environment of the country, there are enough rivers to prepare routes of all categories of difficulty suitable for both experienced sportsmen and beginners.
Hard to imagine something that is more exciting than a rafting tour along mountain stream. There are the best rivers in Kyrgyzstan for this kind of travel is the Chu, Chon-Kemin, Kekemeren, Chatkal, and Naryn. Everything that you may need to make your vacations unforgettable is here...rivers calmly flowing through the adorable landscape, and streams that will take your breath away and amaze even the most experienced extreme sportsmen. The rafting season on these rivers varies from April to October. The level of complexity on the six-point scale depends on the season and melting glaciers that ensures a high level of water in the rivers; and in hot summer months the waterline can change daily. That is why for some rivers, the most favorable time for water tours might be the end of August, and September.
The river Chu is the most appropriate for commercial rafting. Parts of it lie at over 1,500m above sea level. The climate and temperature of the water (15°-18°C) from June till mid-September allows rafting even without special diving suits, and the complexity does not exceed five points. The section of the river passing in the Bohom gorge is the national 'white water arena and a unique training site for the whole Central Asian region. In very ancient times there used to lay one of the northern routes of the Great Silk Road. Due to its location near the capital of the republic and communications development over the years, the popularity of rafting in the Bohom gorge is steadily growing both among the people of the country and foreign guests.
Rafting in Kyrgyzstan started to develop not long time ago on the enthusiasm of some junior rowing league coaches. In 1992 rafting received the status of strategic objective for the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan and adopted a commercial direction.
At the times of the Soviet Union the biggest popularity had many-day tours on the Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers. The Chatkal river was one of the most popular rivers in the USSR. During August and September, there could be 60 or 70 tourist groups. For the last few years, one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin got the same popularity.
Thought the exploring of Kyrgyz rivers has almost half-century history, there is lots of rivers still remain unaware of rafts or kayaks. So it offers lots of opportunities for pioneers to travel down the rivers, starting from their source. The most exciting is the rafting tour starting in Inylchek, the second biggest glacier in the world (59km), through the almost the most difficult Sarydzhaz canyon, 30km long. Another route is from the source of the Naryn which is the upper part of the Syr-Darya, the second longest river in Central Asia.