Recently, I added a page on Cycling. It and the Trekking section are the most visited pages on the pamirs.org site.
I was recently contacted by someone who is planning a kayak tour in the Pamirs and thought
it might be useful to add a special page of "white water" links and see what response I get.
Please get in touch if you have information that might be of use to those planning similar tours.
2009 Russian expedition (see link below to photofile.ru)
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT SAFETY:The first thing to say is that white-water sports
in the Pamirs are potentially dangerous: several of the most interesting stretches
are in uninhabited and remote areas; water speeds are unpredictable
because of changing patterns of glacier and snow melt; and rivers are strewn with rocks.
As in any mountain
environment, weather and temperature are subject to sudden changes.
This can result in avalanches, mudslides, flash floods, and damage
to, or destruction or blockage of, pathways and bridges. Great prudence is required, in particular ensuring adequate
equipment, supplies and warm clothing. The sponsors of the present
website decline all responsibility for accidents.
A recent dangerous incident in a very remote area, in which a SPOT beacon was used to alert rescue services,
suggests the advisability of subscribing to this or a similar emergency device - see
Paragliding - a new activity in the Pamirs? Spectacular but high risk - see
During the Soviet Union, there were many
expeditions to the Pamirs for white water sports: several years ago I was taking a ski lift in Villars
and got talking to the person travelling up with me on the lift, who turned out to be a professor
at the EPFL in Lausanne. I mentioned the Pamirs and he
told me that he had been President of the student athletic association in St. Petersburg
and had organised white water expeditions to the Murghab river in the Pamirs.
Here are a few of the websites I have found. It will be no surprise that most of
the links are to Russian websites, but in many cases, there is a link to the
e-mail of the author, who may be willing to give advice in English. Some carry interesting videos. This
listing is by no means complete nor is it in any particular order. If your blog/website
is not here, or if you know of another useful site, please contact me at the e-mail address on the
All text and
photographs (c) Robert Middleton 2002
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