Rafting on the Cheremosh
If you like adrenaline buzz, water, speed or just beautiful nature, you’ll adore rafting. Bukovynian rivers – the Cheremosh, Prut and Dniester – are perfect for this kind of sports, especially when accompanied by an experienced instructor.
You’ll experience plenty of impressions when passing through river rapids, enjoy viewing vivid riversides and green mountain slopes. Even more, you’ll spend a wonderful weekend or vacation breathing with clean mountain air, taking rest from the dusty city and troubles and recreating yourself.
There are three basic opportunities for rafting in Bukovyna
1) Rafting down the Cheremosh between Vyzhnytsia and Zeleniv (85 km)
The Cheremosh starts at the place of confluence of the Black and White Cheremosh rivers next to Usteriki settlement in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast and joins the Prut near Zeleniv in Chernivtsi Oblast. The river length is about 80 km. In its upper part the Cheremosh flows in the mountains and the flow speed reaches 15km/h arranging a twisting channel with numerous rapids and rifts. Near Vyzhnytsia the river becomes broader, plain and slows down to 7-8 km/h. Here starts the route.
Rafting on the Cheremosh rapids
The Prut river starts in the Northern slopes of the Chornohora mountain ridge (the highest in the Ukrainian Carpathians) and brings its waters through Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi Oblasts along the borders with Romania and Moldova to the Danube. The river is 967km long. The upper part of the river runs through mountainous areas, which influences its speed but its greater part below is plainer.
Most commonly, raft routes start from Yaremche town in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast and continue to Chernivtsi
Passing through the Probiy waterfalls (Yaremche) is not as easy and requires experience
And even below Probiy's cliffs the Prut is not always as relaxing
3) Rafting down the Dniester river between Kostryzhivka and Khotyn (75km)
The total length of the Dniester is 1362km, 705 of which pass through Ukraine. The Dniester starts on the North-Eastern slopes of the Ukrainian Carpathians in Lviv oblast and brings its waters through Ukraine and Moldova to the Black Sea. Vivid riversides show unique historical and natural sights, such as castles, monasteries, churches, ruins of ancient settlements, national parks, waterfalls, healing water sources, rocks, grottos and caves. As the Dniester valley was populated by ancient settlements during ancient times, its banks have many more historical monuments than many other European rivers.
The Dniester has almost no rapids and its flow is slow, but it will leave unforgettable experiences.
Kayaking on the Dniester
Rafting down the slow water
In the Dniester canyon