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If you like rafting Kyrgyzstan is the best place for that! We have dozens mountainous streams that are famous among rafters. You will have a great time here and you will get a lot of new experiences. One of the most popular activities in Kyrgyzstan is rafting. That is your chance - come for rafting to Kyrgyzstan!
The abundance of rivers and sunny days attracts fans of white water from all around the world to Kyrgyzstan. Due to the unique environment of the republic, there are many rivers to provide routes of all categories of complexity.
There is nothing more thrilling than a rafting tour along mountain rivers. The best rivers for this kind of journey in Kyrgyzstan are the Chu, Chon-Kemin, Kekemeren, Chatkal, and Naryn. Here you will find everything that is required to make your vacations unforgettable...rivers quietly flowing through the beautiful landscape, and rapids that will take your breath away and excite even the most hardened extreme sports fans. The rafting season on these rivers varies from April to October. And depending on the season the level of complexity on the six-point scale also changes. Since the melting of glaciers a high level of water in the rivers is ensured; and in hot summer months the waterline can change daily. So, for some rivers, the most favorable time for water tours is the end of August, and September.
Chu is the most suitable river 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 diving suits, and the complexity of obstacles does not exceed five points. The part of the river passing through the Boom gorge is the national 'white water arena' and a unique training territory for the whole Central Asia. In ancient times there run one of the northern routes of the Great Silk Road so thank to its location and communications development over the years, the popularity of rafting in the Boom gorge is growing.
Rafting in the republic appeared and started to develop a quarter of century ago. Its future destiny rested upon the enthusiasm of some junior rowing league coaches. In 1992 rafting gets a commercial direction by receiving the status of strategic objective for the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan.
At the times of the Soviet Union the most favorite were many-day tours on the Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers. The Chatkal river was one of the five most popular rivers in the USSR. During August and September, there could be 60 or 70 tourist groups here. For the last several years, one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin got the same popularity.
Many Kyrgyz rivers still stay untouched with rafts or kayaks. There are lots of perfect opportunities for white water lovers to travel down the rivers, starting from the very source. One of the most impressive routes is the tour from Inylchek, the second biggest glacier in the world (59km), through the impassable Sarydzhaz canyon, 30km long. Another one is from the source of the Naryn the upper course of the second longest river in Central Asia the Syr-Darya. Of course the most popular among tourists are the rivers floating not higher than 1500m above sea level.