Rafting tours

Rafting tours, Kyrgyzstan

Rafting tours

A big quantity of mountainous rivers and sunny days makes our country just perfect for this type of extreme activity and attracts fans of white water to Kyrgyzstan since the last century. Due to the unique nature of the country and a big diversity of landscapes, there are more than enough rivers to ensure routes of all different categories of complexity that can suit both experienced rafters and beginners.

One can think of nothing more exciting than a rafting tour along Mountain Rivers. The Chu, Chon-Kemin, Kekemeren, Chatkal, and Naryn rivers In Kyrgyzstan are the best rivers for this type of travel. Everything that can make your holiday remarkable is here...rivers flowing through the beautiful landscape, and rapids that will take your breath. The rafting season varies from April to October. The level of complexity on the six-point scale mostly depending on the season, since the thawing of glaciers provides a high level of water in the rivers; and in hot summer months you can observe the waterline fluctuating daily. The most admired time for water tours is the end of August, and September.

Commercial rafting is good at Chui River flowing at the altitude of 1,500m above sea level. The climate and temperature of the water makes up (15°-18°C) from June till mid-September means rafting can be done even without diving suits, and the complexity of obstacles cannot exceed five points. The section of the river passing through the Boom gorge is the national 'white water arena and a training site for the whole Central Asian region. It used to be one of the northern routes on the Great Silk Road in ancient times. Due to its place near the capital of the republic and communications development over the years, the popularity of rafting in the Bohom gorge is steadily growing each year.

Rafting as an extreme type of activities in the republic began to flourish less than century ago. Its future fate was dependent on the enthusiasm of some junior rowing league coaches. In 1992 rafting has adopted a commercial direction. And this was followed by receiving the status of strategic objective for the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan.

The Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers were considered to  be the most popular rivers during the Soviet times.. The Chatkal river was among the five most popular rivers in the USSR. In the months of Aigist and September there could be observed 60-70 tourist groups rafting in this area. For the last few years, one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin have gained a vast popularity.

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