Tibet Rafting Tour
More often than not, Tibet is known for its high elevation, imposing mountains and rich cultural and religious values. This makes people forget about the fact that Tibet is also known as the Water Tower of Asia. The Tibetan Plateau is source to many of Asia's greatest rivers, including but not limited to the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Salween, Mekong, Yangtse and Yellow Rivers. As such, Tibet is house to many water systems where tourists can come and enjoy whitewater rafting activities.
Rafting in Kyi Chu
Kyi Chu, also known as the Lhasa River, is a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, which is the upper section of the Brahmaputra River. Kyi Chu offers spectacular views, not just from the water, but also from the banks where you can sit back, relax and have a picnic. On the water, you can also sit back, view the beautiful landscape and take pictures, because the water is not rough. Kyi Chu is a good choice for rafting if you are looking to have a more leisurely and less strenuous rafting session, but with incredible views.
Rafting in Tolung Chu
Tolung Chu is an hour's drive away from Lhasa, which makes it perfect for those who are tight on time but are also looking to add whitewater rafting to their Tibet itinerary. The upper section of this river involves rafting in high water and boulder-dodging in low to medium water, whereas the lower section is similar to the conditions in Kyi Chu, with splendid sceneries. You do not have to be able to swim to enjoy the activity; you are only required to paddle, shift around in the raft, and be well acclimatized to Lhasa.
Rafting in Drigung Chu
Drigung Chu, arguably the most beautiful river in Tibet, is a three-hour drive away from Lhasa. It is located on a panoramic alpine valley. Drigung Chu is perfect for those looking for a challenge. The river features rapids and granite gorges. To be allowed to raft here, you must be able to swim. You are also expected to paddle frequently. On the water, you are guaranteed to be able to feel the excitement and adrenaline rush of true whitewater rafting.
Safe Whitewater Rafting
No matter which river you choose, safety comes first. You should always adhere to international standards of safety, such as wearing a full wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy vest. It is important to make sure that your equipment is in good condition. Additionally, make sure you pay attention to seasonal weather patterns, water levels and other environmental conditions that may affect your activity. That said, enjoy your rafting session in the Water Tower of Asia!