If you like rafting a lot Kyrgyzstan is waiting for you! Our country is storehouse of many mountains and rivers. That is why Kyrgyzstan so famous among rafters. You will have a wonderful time being here and you will get a lot of impressions. Rafting in Kyrgyzstan is a popular activity. Do not lose your chance - come for rafting to Kyrgyzstan!
The great amount of mountainous rivers and sunny weather of Kyrgyzstan have been attracting fans of white water rafting here since the second half of the last century. Due to the unique nature of the republic, there are enough rivers to provide routes of all different categories of complexity suitable for both experienced rafters and beginners.
There is nothing more exciting than a rafting tour along mountain rivers. In Kyrgyzstan, the best rivers for this type of activity are Chu, Chon-Kemin, Kekemeren, Chatkal, and Naryn. Everything that can make your vocation unforgettable can be found here...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 starts from April and ends in October. The level of complexity on the six-class rapids depends on the season, since the melting of glaciers ensures a high level of water in the rivers; and in hot summer months the waterline can change every day. Therefore, for some rivers, the most appropriate time for water alloys is the end of August, and September.
The river Chu is the most appropriate river for having short alloy. Some parts of it lie over 1,500meters asl. The climate and temperature of the water is about (15°-18°C) from June till mid-September. It means that an alloy can be done even without diving suits, and the complexity of obstacles does not exceed five points. The part of the river flowing through the Boom gorge is the national 'white water arena1 and a unique training site for the whole Central Asian region. Since ancient time it had been one of the northern routes of the Great Silk Road. Due 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 growing both among the locals and foreign guests.
Rafting in the republic started its development a quarter of century ago. Its future life rested upon the enthusiasm of some junior rowing league coaches. In 1992 rafting has adopted a commercial status and received strategic objective for the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan.
During the Soviet period the most popular were many-day tours on the Chatkal, Kekemeren, Naryn rivers. The Chatkal river was one of five most popular rivers in the USSR. During August and September there were about 60 or 70 tourist groups there. For the last several years, one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin have gained the same popularity.
Despite of the 25 years of exploring the Kyrgyz rivers by the white water rafting fans, lots of rivers still remain unknown of kayaks, rafts. There are lots of chances for discoverers to travel down the rivers, starting from their source.