Whitewater Rafting on
the Chilik River
The two large mountain ranges of North Tian'
Shan', namely the Kungey Alatau (South) and Zailiyskiy Alatau
(North) form the valley of the Chilik River. The exotic Chilik is
a very fast and exciting river with many great rapids. Some are
as long as eight kilometers. The river has several impressive canyons
and many beautiful lakes with transparent water. Since no roads
access this canyon, this trip includes a day of trekking from Amanzhol
Pass down to the river.
Along your journey you will enjoy breath taking landscapes
of snowcapped peaks, alpine meadows, and large forests of famous
Tian’ Shan’ fir. The
Chilik River has incredibly fast current and almost no flat stretches
with many Class IV and IV+ rapids along the way. During the last
two days of the trip you will leave mountains as the river travels
through a wide hollow.
On your return from the river you will enjoy wonderful
Almaty City, the former capital of
Meet at the Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan
and transfer to the Amanzhol Pass (6 hours). We will camp in tents
on the mountain pass.
Trekking to the river. All personal and rafting gear are carried
by horses to the put in.
3 and 4:
Rafting the Upper Canyon to the Maibulak River and camp near the
Lay-over day. Today is a day to rest or hike to the beautiful and
exotic Kyolsay Lake.
6 and 7:
Rafting the lower canyons of the Chilik. The trip ends on the Bartogaisk
We will trek from the Bartogaisk Canyon to the Charyn River canyon
where we will camp.
Depart to the town of Almaty where
we will have a chance for some sightseeing. We will stay in a hotel
for the night.
Departure to the airport.
night accommodation in Almaty
Scheduled trip date: September 24 - October 3, 2005.
We can run a Chilik River trip at any time of the season with
a minimum of six participants. If a specific trip date has fewer
than six participants the tour price may be increased.
This is a strenuous and exotic rafting trip since it involves
both challenging trekking and rafting!