The Karkara River flows along the foothills of the Central Tien Shan Mountains 280 km from Almaty. The Karkara winds through picturesque alpine meadows at an altitude of 2,200 m. You will be rafting through areas with lush green fir trees as well as rocky landscapes. This is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy nature away from the busyness of the city. In addition to rafting on the Karkara, you can also go horseback riding, go on a helicopter ride, do some fishing, mountain biking, or just relax around the base camp. Rafting season is in July and August.
Equipment: All rafts are inflatable rafts used for traversing rapids and are extremely safe as they are made of multi-layered PVC fabric. Paddles, life jackets, helmets, and wetsuits are all provided. Schedule: This is a 3-day excursion. Leave Almaty on Friday night. Spend Saturday rafting on the Karkara River then a free day on Sunday enjoying whatever activities interest you at the base camp. (Horsesback riding, helicopter rides, fishing, biking, and hiking are all available at an extra cost.)
What should I bring with me? A small backpack to carry necessary personal items. Clothing: We recommend bringing light sportswear: bathing suits, shorts, light t-shirts, etc. However, due to the fact that weather in the mountains is unpredictable, we also recommend bringing a spare set of warm clothes. Shoes: athletic shoes Do not forget to bring your passports/identification documents in a sealed bag/container.