If you like white water rafting Kyrgyzstan is the wonderful place for you! We have many mountainous rivers that are really famous among rafters and travelers. You will never forget an excellent time being there and you will get a lot of new impressions. Rafting in Kyrgyzstan is one of the newest and most favorite activities among tourists. Rafting in Kyrgyzstan is waiting for you!
The wealth of mountain streams and sunny days attracts adorers of white water to Kyrgyzstan since the second half of the last century. The unique natural environment of the republic and varied landscapes guaranties rivers routes of different categories of complexity as for experienced rafters and for beginners as well.
You will not find anything more attractive and more exciting than a rafting tour. The best rivers for this kind of travel in Kyrgyzstan are the Chon-Kemin, Chu, Chatkal,Kekemeren, and Naryn. Everything you need to make your holiday perfect is here...rivers that are calmly flows through the adorable landscapes, and rapids that will shake your imagination and excite even the really hardened sportsmen. The rafting season here varies from April to October and in hot summer months the waterline can fluctuate daily. The level of complexity depends on the season and river, but thawing glaciers ensure a high level of water. The most favorable time for some rivers is the end of August, and September.
The Chu river is the most suitable river for commercial rafting because altitude (at over 1,500m above sea level), climate and temperature of the water (15°-18°C) provides rafting here from June till mid-September, and the complexity is not higher than five points. The part of the river in Boom gorge is consider to be only one training site for the whole Central Asian region and the national 'white water arena'. Due to its location really close to Bishkek - the capital of the republic and development of communications over the years, the popularity of rafting in the Bohom gorge is constantly growing both among the foreign guests and people of the country.
Before the most popular tours were many-day expeditions on the Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers. The Chatkal river was in the five most popular rivers in the USSR. Every year, during August and September, there could be met 60 or 70 groups. In our days, the same popularity has one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin.
There is a perfect chance for sportsmen to raft down the untouched rivers, starting from their very beginnings. Because in spite of a half-century history of exploring the Kyrgyz rivers many of them still remain virgin. One of the most fascinating programs is the rafting route from Inylchek, the second biggest glacier in the world (59km), through the almost impassable Sarydzhaz canyon, 30km long. Or the other one that starts from the beginning of the Naryn river which is the feeder of the Syr-Darya, the second longest river in Central Asia. But most of the tourists prefer the rivers which float at the altitude of 1500m above sea level because of their mild climatic conditions.