Chon-Kemin, Kyrgyzstan

Rafting in Chon-Kemin, KyzgyzstanThe Chon-Kemin River flows from the Kungey Ala-Too and Iliysky Ala-Too ranges to the Chu River. From its headwaters in the mountains to the edge of the Boom Gorge, the Chon-Kemin River flows a total of 116 km (72 miles), through a forested gorge and seven lakes.

Much of the area around the Chon-Kemin River is protected by the Chon-Kemin State Nature National Park, which protects a total of 5000 hectares. This park was created in 1997 to protect the unique species of flora and fauna in the area, including the Tolai hare, pheasant, and fir trees. The river basin is rich in habitat and biological diversity, and has been left practically untouched.

Chon-Kemin is popular among adventurers, who can raft in the river or hike through the forests in the valley. Even those who aren’t adrenaline seekers will appreciate the picturesque quality of the river winding through the deep valley, ringed by snow-capped peaks.