We did it again – because it is indeed a nice trip: hiking from Elm over the Segnapass down to the Vorderrhein and then packraft until the Hinterrhein meets the Vorderrhein and finally becomes the Rhein as we know it. Be aware that the Martinsloch is part of the UNESCO world heritage.
When we first packrafted the Lech River in 2013, it was clear that we will come back one day – in May 2018 we did.
Back in 2017 (and also in 2013), we packrafted the Reuss river from Bremgarten to Baden which is indeed a nice trip that I can recommend. This time, we spent one day on the Reuss and rafted from a place called “Root” (no joking – close to Lucerne) down to Bremgarten.
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.
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 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.