Kyrgyzstan boasts with thousands of rapid mountain rivers that are more than suitable for white water rafting. If you have dreamt of having exciting summer vacations full of new impressions and great pictures come to Kyrgyzstan to experience white water rafting!
A big number 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 republic, there are more than enough rivers to provide routes of all different categories of complexity that can suit both experienced rafters and beginners.
There can be nothing more exciting can be thought of than a rafting tour along mountain rivers. In Kyrgyzstan, the best rivers for this type of travel are the Chu, Chon-Kemin, Kekemeren, Chatkal, and Naryn rivers. Everything that can make your holiday remarkable is here...rivers quietly flowing through the beautiful landscape, and rapids that will take your breath. The rafting season on these rivers 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 the waterline can fluctuate dayly. Therefore, for some rivers, the most admired time for water tours is the end of August, and September.
Commercial rafting is good at Chui River flows 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 that passes through the Boom gorge is the national 'white water arena and a unique 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 location near the capital of the republic and communications development over the years, the popularity of rafting in the Bohom gorge is stably growing each year not only among locals but tourists also.
Rafting as an extreme type of sport activities 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 has adopted a commercial direction. They have received 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. Most frequently, during August and September, there used to be 60 or 70 tourist groups here. For the last few years, one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin have gained not less popularity.
Despite the fact water raftinf has been invented not long ago there are still many rivers about which many rafters and kayaking fans stay unaware. There are lots of opportunities for pioneers to travel down the rivers, starting from their origin. The most impressive rafting is the tour that starts from Inylchek, the second biggest glacier in the world (59km), through almost impassable Sarydzhaz canyon, 30km long. The other point to start is the source of the Naryn riverwhich is the upper course of the second longest river in Central Asia the Syr-Darya. The most acknowledged among tourists, through their mild climatic conditions, are the rivers floating not higher than 1500m above sea level. Professional rafters positively evaluate some sections on the Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers to the world famous Futalefu in Chile and the Colorado in the USA.