Rafting in Armenia

Rafting, a recreational outdoor activity while a team of 6 or more rafters deal with the obstacles in navigating through turbulences and rocks in a water stream or river, with a high dosage of adrenalin produced in their body, ensuring excitement and ‘wet’ memories by the end of the day.

We, Armenians, ‘do it our way’!  Your rafting adventure will be supplemented by delicious local food and drinks before you will be heading to visit cultural sites nearby the rafting site(s).

Even though there are several rivers with nice water streams suitable for rafting in several regions of Armenia, however, yet the rafting site on Debed River in Lori Province is the only official one in Armenia.

Dzoraget River near Stepanavan Town (Lori Province), Kasagh River (Aragatsotn Province) and Tartar River (Artsakh, Nagorno Karabagh) are those rivers which attract rafters to try their chances in overcoming the turbulences, however, yet no official studies and interventions have been made to ensure the safety of rafters in those destinations.

In 2017, Armenian Young Women’s Association and NURIK Travel kicked off a project entitled RAFTING.AM, within the scope of ‘’Integrated Rural Tourism Development’’ project. As an outcome, a rafting site was established on Debed River, few kilometers from Alaverdi Town in Lori Province.

A group of professionals well equipped with knowledge, experience and equipment, will host you in RAFTING.AM. Below you will find more details:

Location: Debed River, Alaverdi Town, Lori Province (41.093224, 44.695245)
Distance/duration from Yerevan: 154 km (2 hours) via M24, H70; 147 km (2 hours) via M24, A310; 165 km (2h 20m) via A329, A310
Capacity: 1-6 pax per boat, 100 rafters at the same time
Crew: Professional rafter onboard
Induction: 20 minutes safety induction in English & Russian

Number of rafting runs: 5

Run No.1 – Beginners: age group: 14-80; length: 12 km

Run No.2 – Extreme: age group: 18-65; length: 16 km

Run No.3 – Kids: age group: 3-14; length: 6 km

Run No.4 – For rafters with disabilities: length: 6 km

Run No.5 – Cultural: length: 4 km; passes through the historical stone bridge of Sanahin

 

Water stream flow rate: 12-15 kmph

Water stream width: 25-50 meters

Water stream depth: 0.3-2.5 meters depending on the season

The best season for rafting in Debed River site is from early March to mid-November using standard rafts and equipment; rafting in cold season is also possible with winter-rafts and hydro-resistant outfit (i.e. withewater PFD, durable footwear).

You will be provided with all required gear and equipment. Make sure to have extra cloths to get changed after rafting.
Do not miss the opportunity of tasting delicious local food and drinks in Nurik Community and Tourism Development Center (Phone: +374 94 580787) in Akhtala. 

NURIK is a social enterprise founded by Armenian Young Women's Association and co-funded by USAID Save the Children International Armenia Representation. NURIK promotes social and economic development of Lori Province and provides workplaces for women and people with disabilities.
Contact us on +374 93 58 08 48 or info@adventures.am to organize your trip.

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & be prepared
  • Dispose the waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect the wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Roads conditions

It is winter time! Check out road conditions before heading to the road! Beware of the snow & ice layer!

Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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