Rafting in Ukraine
We lead one or multi day trips. Clients interested in multi day trips can choose to camp out or spend the nights in hotels. Our one day rafting trips usually include a bar-b-q and have a set start and end point however, as often happens on the Cheremosh, when there is an exception stretch of rapids the group can opt to raft the same stretch of river several times. Often we combine rafting and hiking, cycling, horseback riding or visiting caves and spending the nights in hotels. Rafting as a corporate event fosters team-building and camaraderie.
The most obvious pieces of equipment are boat, oars and life jackets; we provide these. If the river you chose is rated higher than a Grade 2, then a helmet is required for each rafter. Wet suits offer warmth in the spring but are optional. The chosen route determines what experience, physical preparedness and age limit is imposed. Our most popular routes, along the Stryi and Dniester rivers, are suitable for families with children 8 years of age and older.
Rafting in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains
The water level in Ukrainian Carpathian Rivers is best in March, unfortunately for this reason professionals take to them en masse at that time to hold competitions. For this reason, the season for recreational rafters starts on 1 May. Spring used to be considered the best time to go rafting in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains but in recent years there has been an increase in summer rainfall causing flooding and a higher water level during this time. Considering all these factors, our experience has taught us that the best time of year for rafting in the Ukrainian Carpathians is in September and October, when it is still fairly warm but not as unbearable as July and August can be.
International standards grade rivers with rapids to given an indication of how technically difficult they are. The rating system goes from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Navigating a Grade 1 or 2 rapid is considered fairly easy and doesn’t require special skills. Children are permitted on trips along Grade 1 and 2 rivers.
Grade 3 rivers are more difficult and require skill in maneuvering. Although there is a wide range of complex possible situations that may spring up, they generally don’t offer anything more serious than an adrenaline rush.
Unlike the earlier categories Grade 4 rapids really are complicated. Rafting them is inherently dangerous so they require rafters to have extensive experience, quick reaction time and the ability to maneuver powerfully and precisely. Grade 5 and 6 rapids should only be attempted by professionals or the most experienced recreational rafters.
What should I pack?
When packing for a rafting trip you should take sunscreen, a rain-coat and warm clothing (packed in a waterproof bag). It is best to wear light summer clothing when rafting and canvas sneakers are the ideal shoe. We recommend you have something to eat with you that can serve as breakfast and a snack. Alcohol is prohibited. If you choose to take a mobile phone or camera they should be sealed in separate waterproof bags before you get in the boat. Please limit your personal belongings to what can fit in a small backpack; it is even better if several people share one backpack.