Even in winter you can catch awesome sunny days with perfect rafting conditions – we caught one of those days a few weeks ago and spent a full day packrafting the icy Thur River.
Saariselkä, a small town in Finland north of the Arctic Circle, offers more than 200 kilometers of cross-country trails. So it’s definitively the right place to go for cross-country sports although it’s a touristic hotspot.
The Glatt River in Switzerland is most probably one of the worst rivers I have rafted so far – it simply covers all aspects that packrafters don’t like normally: lot’s of civilization, many spots where you need to get out of the river and hardly any interesting parts.
The 5-Lake-Hike is a famous hiking track close to the town of “Sargans” in Switzerland. It can easily be done in one day and the most complicated part of the track is basically making sure that you are not missing the last chairlift down to Sargans. So don’t start too late – and try to go on a sunny day where you can really enjoy the panorama.
More information, inlcuding GPS track (which is not needed) can be found here. Be aware that this track goes up around 750m and descends around 1100m in just a couple of hours.
The final destination of my few-weeks packrafting trip in Thailand led me to the Cheow Lan Lake which is part of the Khao Sok National Park. Previous destinations of my trip where the Phang Nga Bay and the Sok River which I also visited via packraft.
Since packrafting information about Khao Sok are rare / not exist, my intention is to provide some baseline information in this posting.
The Sok River in Thailand is leading through the southern part of the Khao Sok Nationalpark located roughly 200 km north of Phuket. The nationalpark itself is an artificial one created in 1982.
The Sok River is an excellent beginner river with (depending on season) whitewater level I / II maximum (end of November). It is close to civilization but you still get the possibility to see plenty of wildlife & jungle.
The Phang Nga Bay close to Phuket, Thailand, is primarily known for its tourist hotspots such as the James Bond Island where thousands of visitors hop on and off each year. However, there is much more to see in this bay – therefore, I decided to pay it a visit in November 2017 as one of the spots on my Thailand Packrafting Roundtrip.