- Sport levelBeginner
- Spoken languagesFrench, English
- Duration1 half day
- Opening seasons:
Work as a team to tame the wild meltwater of the Dranse River on this rafting excursion near Geneva.
Learn how to paddle like a pro as you navigate the staircase rapids, swirling eddies and giant boulders that impede your path along this fast-flowing alpine current. Connecting the mighty Mont Blanc to Lake Geneva, this thrilling whitewater activity tests your technique across lazy gorges where endurance paddling is a plus - and hairpin class III rapids! Our advice - Be prepared to get wet!
Situated in the heart of the Swiss city of Geneva, the rafting activity base is a stone's throw from Lake Geneva and a short drive from Haute Jura National Park. Easily accessible by car or public transport, the Dranse River is a French river in the department of Haute-Savoie, that empties into Lake Geneva between Thonon-les-Bains and Évian-les-Bains. Les Portes du Soleil – Morzine/Avoriaz/Les Gets/Châtel/Morgins/Champéry are popular with MTB, hiking and paragliding enthusiasts during summer.
Meet your instructor at the activity base in Geneva for an exciting half-day rafting excursion on the Dranse River. Travel to the embarkment area in Thenon les Bains where you will kit up on the banks of the river and receive a short safety briefing - touching on paddling techniques and commands that will be issued by your in-raft guide. Working as a team to paddle along the relatively flat, wide river section at the start, you will quickly move into faster flowing water which will include some small eddies, whitewater and obstructions that your instructor will help you to navigate. The last part travels down the iconic 'passage de l’escalier' where you will work together to keep your balance as you conquer grade III rapids! During the day, you'll tackle a dozen rapids before disembarking and returning to Geneva by shuttle.
Rivers are rated on a scale of increasing difficulty from Class 1 to Class 6. During the summer, the Dranse is considered class II - III which includes fast-moving currents with small waves, straightforward rapids with wide-open channels and some rapids with moderate, irregular waves, strong eddies and currents.
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price
2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund
3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Please note: This activity operates with a 6 person maximum per raft - larger groups can be accommodated for, based on total capacity.
Subject to weather restrictions
- Rafting guide
- Equipment & protection
- Wetsuit & helmet
- Return shuttle from Geneva
- Waterproof shoes (on request)
- Spare change of clothes
- Closed toe shoes