White Water Rafting In Pakistan: The Ultimate Guide
Bored of the endless summer? Feeling adventurous? Well you don’t have to look too far. Pakistan has much more to offer than just ionizing heat. If you look hard enough, there’s quite a lot to do around here. One really big attraction that Pakistan is known for is white water rafting.
Yes, white water rafting.
You’re probably not used to hearing white water rafting and Pakistan in the same sentence, and neither was I. Many would think the best places for rafting would be the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe or the Pacuare River in Costa Rica, and they definitely are. But white water rafting in Pakistan isn’t just a fantastic experience. It’s convenient. Let me break down the facts for you.
Pakistan is home to an assortment of adventure sports, on land, in the air, and even on rapids. Who knew? What many don’t know or choose to overlook is that Pakistan too offers various white water rafting options at many breathtaking locations. Not only is there white water rafting but you can also try your hand at canoeing, among other water sports.
Northern Pakistan is a hotbed of adventure sports, especially areas such as Chitral, Gilgit, Swat, Hunza, Kunar, Indus, and the Neelam and Jhelum rivers. Those interested in white water rafting head to one of the top four destinations; Kunhar River, the Neelum River, the Indus River, and the Hunza River. All four of these places are great tourist destinations even if white water rafting isn’t your cup of tea. Once you get here you won’t regret turning down that overpriced tropical trip. It’ll definitely be unforgettable. The beauty of these places is awe-inspiring if I do say so myself.
The great Kunhar river also known as the Nain Sukh is situated in the Khyber Pakhtun province and is 166 kilometers long. The mighty river journeys through the Kaghan Valley, Jalkhad, the Naran Valley, Kaghan, Balakot and Garhi Habibullah. It is also famous throughout the country for its (now dwindling) trout population. If you’re luck maybe you can nab two fish with one oar?
Heard of Neelum Valley? All your classmates post pictures of their families at this hotspot. Yup, that’s the one.The breathtaking Neelum River derives from the Krishansar Lake and then flows through the Kashmir region. Running along the line of control in Jammu it is met with ancient glacier streams. White water rafting? Can do.
The Indus River happens to be one of the longest rivers in Asia and the longest in Pakistan stretching across almost 3,180 kilometers yada yada yada. What you might find interesting however and might I suggest keeping your eyes peeled for are the local blind South Asian river dolphins. That’ll down right be a memorable experience no doubt. Though it’s best to avoid bumping into the poor fellas while you’re rafting away.
This river doesn’t really need an explanation. Everyone knows the popularity that surrounds Hunza. The famous river is created by glacier waters which flow through the Kuhnjarab and Kilik gorges. The river’s location itself makes it a definite reason to raft here.
Since white water rafting almost always requires high water levels it’s important to know when to do it. Yes, that can be hectic and frustrating, but worry not I’ve got you covered. The best time to visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir would be from mid-July to August and the Indus River is recommended between March to April. But if you can hardly wait, you could go for the Neelum and Jhelum area which offer white water rafting all year round. All. Year. Round. Pretty neat huh?
If you’re worried about the complications of the trip, or maybe don’t know how to raft, don’t worry. I’ll make sure it’s smooth sailing for y’all. Listed below are various reliable local white water rafting companies based in different areas in Pakistan. These guides specialise in white water rafting in their specific territories. These tourism companies offer various packages to choose from, each with its own unique experience:
Still think Canada or Chile would be better? Hold my beer (literally, hold it, it’s illegal in Pakistan). Yeah the experience may seem different over there, but imagine a similar experience just a road trip away. The northern areas of Pakistan are similar to any other exotic destination around the world. Not only is Pakistan full of untouched beauty, but it now offers diverse watersports as well. Boom. It’s about time we take advantage of our country’s natural beauty. Rough waters await.