Why go Kayaking in Turkey?

22nd February 2011

There’s one very simple answer to this question – the Çoruh. It’s fast and furious, but one of the gems of Eastern Europe for sure. On our ‘Paddling Playground’ trips you’ll get the chance to paddle the very best sections of the Çoruh as well as sampling the delights that the Barhal River has to offer too. This year is going to be very special in Turkey as it’s the last time that certain sections of the Çoruh will be free flowing due to the dam at Ispir nearing completion, so we’re planning on going out with a bang! Our rafting trips are almost all booked up now, and it would be great to know that we were able to share these beauties with as many kayakers as possible too. You’ll paddle the famous Yusefeli and Ispir Gorges, and throughout the trip find great play holes, surf waves and more white water than you can shake a stick at!

A trip to Turkey isn’t all about the river though, there’s so much else to explore! Istanbul is a fascinating city, young and vibrant yet full of history, it’s definitely worth a stop over on your way through to Erzurum. All along the river there’s ancient Byzantine Castles to stop and explore, and we’ll stop off at our friend Çemil’s pension where you’ll be treated to an evening of good old Turkish hospitality. We’re right in the middle of the Kackar Mountains in North Eastern Turkey, which gives you the great chance to go for a 4 day trek and explore the surrounding area.
This year is your last chance to get out and explore all of Turkey in its natural state; it’s literally a once in a lifetime opportunity! So get out there to T’riffic Turkey!

by Hamish McMaster

Hamish McMaster is the Water By Nature owner. He has spent the past 25 years exploring and playing on the world's great rivers. He still loves nothing more than getting out there and sharing adventures.


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