National Geographic Lists the Top 10 Whitewater Rivers
In National Geographic's Journeys of a Lifetime, you'll find 500 of the world's greatest trips, including a wonderful top-ten list of whitewater rivers throughout the world. The list got us excited here at the ECHO world headquarters because this year we're running trips on 3 of the top 5 rivers listed! Read on to discover 3 of the best whitewater rivers in the world.
#1 - Raft Alaska's Alsek-Tatshenshini Rivers
ECHO will run this 11-day adventure in cooperation with veteran outfitter and river guide Jimmy Katz in late July, 2010. You'll travel 160 miles from the Yukon to the Gulf of Alaska among serpentine glaciers and snow-laden peaks. The trip starts on the Tatshenshini River which merges with the larger Alsek River.
Epic hikes rich in wildlife, stepping foot on ancient glaciers, and paddling among the icebergs of Alsek Lake are the highlights of this adventure, leading National Geographic to list the Tatshenshini-Alsek as the best river trip in the world.
#3 - Experience the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
ECHO has run trips on Idaho's Middle Fork since the '70s. We've always considered it the best rafting trip in the lower 48 and National Geographic seems to agree. Traveling 100 miles through alpine forest and culminating with the journey through the famed Impassable Canyon, we just can't say enough about how this river will enchant your soul.
The Middle Fork is perfect for families seeking an unforgettable vacation, and continuous whitewater for thrill-seekers. Choosing a trip on the Middle Fork will be one of the best decisions you make this year.
#5 - Plunge into the Futaleufu River of Patagonia
Our own Zach Collier just returned from this incredible trip on Chile's Futaleufu River (watch for his blog post later this week), and he can't stop talking about the campsites, the adventures, and the river. Glaciers high in the Andes provide plenty of heart-pumping whitewater, but even families with kids will enjoy the unique permanent camps and the multi-sport activities like ziplines and rappelling. The Fu is threatened by mining and hydroelectric projects, so don't let time run out on your chance to take a plunge in Patagonia on one of our two dates available in February 2011.