Rafting in Kyrgyzstan
If you like white water rafting Kyrgyzstan is just the perfect place for doing that! We have a lot of mountainous rivers that are famous among rafters. You will have a wonderful time being there and you will get a lot of new impressions. Rafting in Kyrgyzstan is one of the most popular activities. Take you chance - come for rafting to Kyrgyzstan!
A great number of mountain rivers and sunny days has been attracting fans of white water to Kyrgyzstan starting from the second half of the last century. Due to the unique natural environment of the republic, there are enough rivers to provide different routes of all categories of complexity suitable for both experienced sportsmen and beginners.
There can be nothing more exciting than a rafting tour along mountain rivers. In Kyrgyzstan, the best rivers for this kind of travel are the Chu, Chon-Kemin, Kekemeren, Chatkal, and Naryn. Everything that is required to make your holiday unforgettable is here...rivers quietly flowing through the beautiful landscape, and rapids that will excite even the most hardened extreme sports fans. The rafting season on these rivers varies from April to October. The level of complexity on the six-point scale depends on the season, since the thawing of glaciers ensures a high level of water in the rivers; and in hot summer months the waterline can fluctuate each day. Therefore, for some rivers, the most favorable time for water tours is the end of August, and September.
The river Chu is the most suitable for commercial rafting. Some parts of it lie at over 1,500m above sea level. The climate and temperature of the water reaches (15°-18°C) from June till mid-September that means rafting can be done even without diving suits. The complexity of obstacles does not exceed five points. The section of the river passing through the Bohom gorge is the national 'white water arena1 and a unique training site for the whole Central Asian region. Here in ancient times there lay one of the northern routes of the Great Silk Road. Thanks to its location near the capital of the republic and communications development over the years, the popularity of rafting in the Boom gorge is steadily encreasing both among the people of the country and foreign guests.
Rafting in the republic began to develop a quarter of century ago. Its future fate rested upon the enthusiasm of some junior rowing league coaches. In 1992 rafting adopted a commercial direction by receiving the status of strategic objective for the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan.
During the Soviet times the most popular were many-day tours on the Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers. The Chatkal river was among the five most popular rivers in the USSR. Usually, during August and September, there used to be 60 or 70 tourist groups here. For the last several years, one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin have gained a big popularity.
Despite the fact that Kyrgyz rivers have been explored half century ago by white water rafting lovers, lots of rivers still remain unaware of rafts and kayaks. There are lots of opportunities for pioneers to travel down the rivers, starting from their source. The most impressive is the rafting tour from Inylchek, the second biggest glacier in the world (59km), through the almost impassable Sarydzhaz canyon, 30km long. Or from the source of the Naryn which is the upper course of the second longest river in Central Asia the Syr-Darya. The most popular among tourists are the rivers floating not higher than 1500m above sea level. Professionals positively compare some sections on the Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers to the world famous Futalefu in Chile and the Colorado in the USA. The amazing nature and the spectacular rivers of Kyrgyzstan are waiting to be conquered!
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