White water rafting is one of the prime adventure sports around the world. The thrill of navigating through rough white water is immense and adventure enthusiasts always search for new rivers to conquer. It has always been considered a very dangerous sport but the advancements in safety equipment have reduced the risk significantly.
There are various rivers around the world which are famous for their turbulent white waters. Some of those locations are presented below…
1. Río Upano, Ecuador
This river is present in South America and it has white water zones that range from Grade 2 to Grade 4. The wide variety of water currents that one faces in this river makes it suitable for all kinds of White water rafters. There are narrow canyons and huge waves that challenge the skills and courage of most rafters. The grade 4 region in the Namangosa Gorge is a must try for professional rafters and adventure travel enthusiasts.
2. Colorado River, USA
It is one of the primary rivers in USA which is used for white water rafting. The popular sites for white water rafting are situated in the higher altitudes of Rocky Mountains. National Geographic has named West water canyon region as “The West’s Best Short Whitewater Trip” as the journey is very thrilling and one will surely experience an adrenaline rush. There are various organizations and adventure travel clubs who organize rafting trips here.
3. Futaleufú River, Chile
Futaleufú is an untouched river that runs through Chile. It has natural surroundings and the raw power of the river water makes white water rafting a memorable experience. This river gets most of its water from the lakes present in Los Alerces National Park. The river water has a blue tint as the water comes from a glacier. The rapid water currents and dangerous rocks make it a paradise for adventure hunters.
4. North Johnstone River, Australia
It is the northern branch of the Johnstone River situated in Australia. This river is suitable for very good rafters as it provides Grade 5 and Grade 6 white waters which are mainly filled with large drops, big waves and fast currents. The river goes through the rain forests of Palmerston National Park .The rafting organizations use helicopter to carry people to the starting point of the course.
5. Sun Kosi River, Nepal
The Himalayas are home to various adventure sports and White Water rafting is not an exception. “The river of gold” can be visited any time of the year except the rainy season (June-August). It is grade 3- grade 5 white water and hence provides lot of excitement. Along with rafting one can also have the pleasure of admiring the beauty of the mountains.
6. Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
The Zambezi is the 4th largest river in Africa and it has fabulous white water zones like the Batoka Gorge. Other amazing rapids that are present here are Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver’s Travels and the Midnight Diner. There are 4 say and 7 day rafting packages. Multi day packages make it a complete experience as people have to spend the night on riverbanks and work as a team.