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If you adore white water Kyrgyzstan is just the perfect place for you! There are dozens rivers that are good and famous among rafters. You will get a wonderful experience being there and you will have a lot of unforgettable impressions. Rafting in Kyrgyzstan is one of the most popular and developing activities. Come for rafting to Kyrgyzstan - don't lose your chance!
The abundance of mountain rivers and sunny days has been attracting fans of rafting to Kyrgyzstan since the second half of the last century. Due to the unique natural environment of the republic, there are enough rivers to provide routes of all different categories of complexity suitable for both experienced sportsmen and beginners.
There is nothing more gripping than a rafting tour along Kyrgyz mountain rivers. The best rivers for this kind of adventures are the Chu, Chon-Kemin, Kekemeren, Chatkal, and Naryn. Everything that is required to make your holiday matchless is here... quiet rivers flowing through the wonderful landscape, and rapids that take your breath away and make worry even the most experienced extreme sports fans. The level of complexity on the six-point scale depends on the season and the rafting season on these rivers varies from April to October. In hot summer months the waterline can fluctuate daily. Therefore, for some rivers, the best time for water tours is the end of August, and September.
For commercial rafting the most suitable river is Chu. Parts of it lie at over 1,500m above sea level. Rafting can be done here even without diving suits because of the climate and temperature of the water (15°-18°C) from June till mid-September, and the complexity of obstacles do not exceed five points. That section of the river that passes through the Bohom gorge considers to be the national 'white water arena1 and a unique training site for the whole Central Asian region. Here in ancient times lay one of the northern routes of the Great Silk Road. Due to its location close to the capital of the republic rafting in the Boom gorge is getting more and more popular both among the people of the country and foreign guests.
Rafting in the republic started to develop 25 years ago. Its future fate depended upon the enthusiasm of few junior rowing league coaches. In 1992 rafting received a commercial direction together with a status of strategic objective for the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan.
At the period of the Soviet Union the most visited rivers were Chatkal, Kekemeren and Naryn. Chatkal river used to be one of the most visited rivers in the USSR. Usually, from August to September, there used to be 60 or 70 tourist groups here. Now there are one-or two-day tours on the rivers Chu and Chon-Kemin have the same popularity.