February 15, 2017

River Rafting in Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan is a nation in Central Asia beautified with snowcapped mountain ranges, rivers, alpine lakes, canyons, hot springs, plantations of wildflowers and green summer pastures. There is a wide variety of activities that can be undertaken in this nation including, trekking, horse riding, cycling but the one activity that brings a lot of interest to water athletes is river rafting.

It was not until recently that river rafting has become a popular event. Some rivers have been known as good eco-rafting destinations. But many rivers have not been explored for river rafting. Below are some popular destinations suitable for river rafting tours.

Rafting the Chu River

This river runs close to Bishkek, the capital city and it is the most famous for rafting. The best season for river rafting trips is June to mid-September. During this period, the temperature of the water fluctuates between 150C to 180C. The Chu River runs at about 1,500 Meter elevation. A section of the river flows through a popular rafting training site known as Boom Gorge. The river is easily accessible compared to others with gentle rapids too.

The Chon-Kemin River

It is a primary tributary that flows through Chui province in Kyrgyzstan. It flows for a length of 116 KM through some gorges. The area around the river is surrounded by both snow-capped peaks and mountainous green plantation which provide good and beautiful scenes for a river rafting adventure.

The white waters of the Kekemeren River

The river flows through the valleys of Tien Shan Mountains and finally running into the Naryn River. It is gorgeous to travel through the mountains due to the ever present clouds that hover above the mountain peaks thus giving it a peaceful feel. The first 40KM-50KM of the Kekemeren River is exciting for sporting class 4 and five rapids. The months of May to October are suitable for river rafting with August and September being the best months for rafting.

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