The Carpathian Region has a rather dense river network and a considerable number of rivers which are suitable for water tourist routes using different kinds of swimming facilities. All the rivers of the region belong to the single climatic type ‒ the sources of alimentation include snow and spring flood.
Mountain rivers of the Carpathian Region are the rivers of the Dnister and Prut basins that have been well-explored by the tourists. The most popular among the tourists are rafting trips trough the following rivers: White and Black Cheremosh, Cheremosh, Prut, Svicha, Dnister, Soms, Bystrytsia, Rebra Salauta. Mountain rivers are characterized by a high force of stream, steep flow that reaches 10-15 km/h, powerful rapids and shyvera. The sources of alimentation are mainly atmospheric precipitates with spring floods during the spring thaw and rain freshets.
Steady or heavy rains may cause a flood in any season of the year. The water-level during the season of rafting changes considerably in any season of the year. It depends on the amount of snow in the mountains, as well as on rainfall frequency and the air temperature.
The most popular among the tourists is a water route through the Dnistrovskyi Canyon that stretches about 100 km and passes through the territory of the Gorodenka and Tlumach Regions of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. The rafting trip is made on an inflatable raft. It is connected with the hiking trails that lead to natural, historical and cultural monuments. As the riverside infrastructure is not developed the tourists sleep in tents, cook meals over an open fire. Special places are set up for the need of tourists. They are situated on the riverbanks near the village of Kunysivtsi and Repuzhnytsi of the Gorodenka Region.
The rafting trips through the Dnister River that last from 3 to 7 days are one of the most interesting journeys in the Carpathian Region. The trip is unique owing to the picturesque landscapes and their inimitableness: steep and rocky or forested banks with the height of up to 200 m, unique travertine cliffs and geological outcrops, caves and grottos, waterfalls, islands, natural, historical, architectural and ethnographic monuments. And all this is wild and untouched nature that gives a wonderful opportunity to sink into silent and peaceful world.
Along the route through the Dnister River one may visit the following natural, cultural and architectural monuments:
The following rafting trips are also popular among hard adventure tourists: short distance rafting trips to Yaremche and Verkhovyna down the Prut and Cheremosh Rivers of Ivano-frankivsk Oblast and in gorges between Lepush and Sapanta down the Soms, Bystrytsia and Rebra Salauta River of Maramures County.