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Below you can find all the essential information on canyoning, how to do it and the required tools you will need. The best places to go for canyoning in Türkiye and all around the world are also included for adventure seekers. 

What is Canyoning?

what is canyoning

Canyoning is an outdoor recreational activity that includes hiking, climbing, abseiling, swimming and even cliff jumping in a natural landscape. Canyoning is all about exploring hard-to-reach natural areas by mostly following a water route down through numerous natural rock formations. The sport is a combination of many wilderness travel skills and one of the most satisfactory outdoor activities with a high sense of accomplishment. 

How to do Canyoning?

how to do canyoning

Canyoning is an exploration thrill and is available in many parts of the world with various amazing routes. At first, you need to participate in a not-so-long guided tour or a class and try your body limits if you are fit or not for the sport. There are beginner routes and exploring caves in most canyoning centers as well as many routes for experienced canyoners.

Before You Go- Stuff You Need to Know

  • It is a must to prioritize safety even if you are an experienced canyoner since you combine walking, climbing, jumping, swimming and abseiling into one sport.
  • You should buy your own necessary equipment after your first canyoning class because most of them are quite expensive. 

Canyoning Equipment List: What Equipment is Needed for Canyoning?

canyoning equipment list

Since canyoning is an activity which many different nature sports are intertwined, it requires varied equipment depending on the route. For instance; if your canyoning route involves a river to cross, it is good to bring your swimming equipment with you too.

Abseiling Gear

In most canyoning routes, you will be climbing down from a mountain so it is a must to have a reliable abseiling gear including ropes, harness, anchors, descenders, and carabiners. 


You will be carrying plenty of gear with you so having a reliable backpack is not a bad idea. It is recommended for you to get a backpack with both a hip and chest strap so that your gear won’t strain your back while abseiling. 


In canyoning, it is possible to get hit by loose rocks and your helmet is there to protect your head from those rocks. It is good to have a specially designed canyoning helmet with ventilation ports.

Canyoning Shoes

Canyons are mostly slippery and you need to wear hard sole canyoning footwear to stay on your feet.

Navigation Tools

An old-school navigation set including a compass, map, and a guide book is something important to have while canyoning. You don’t want to get lost in a wild environment.

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a must to have in your canyoning trip. A good one should include painkillers, anti-inflammatories, bandages, gauze, antibiotic cream and water purifying tablets. If you are planning to travel with your equipment, there might be additional costs. You can click here to check the extra services price table. 

When is the Best Time for Canyoning?

Warm temperatures and moderate levels of water are the two main conditions to keep in mind for canyoning. Although much of it depends on the location of the canyoning route, summer and early autumn are the best seasons to enjoy canyoning. It is also best for you to start canyoning in the early morning since the weather would be much cooler and you would have plenty of time to discover. 

Best Routes for Canyoning in Türkiye

Göynük Canyon

canyoning Antalya

Göynük Canyon is a huge outdoor activity center that includes canyoning, zip lining, swimming, and cave exploring. The canyon is located at the end of the famous Lycian Way in Antalya. Say yes to what Göynük Canyon has to offer for you and book your flight ticket to Antalya.

Köprülü Canyon

Köprülü Canyon is located in the northern part of Antalya and one of the best routes for canyoning in Türkiye. The canyon is also famous for its rafting facilities and a plane ticket to Antalya is the first step to experience Köprülü Canyon to its fullest.

Saklıkent Canyon

Saklıkent Canyon is one of the most visited canyons of Türkiyeand is located in Muğla. The canyon is 18 kilometers long, steep and narrow. Saklıkent Canyon is walkable after April after the melting of the snow. The canyon is the proof of Muğla’s tourism diversity and a plane ticket to Muğla is the first step to experience it firsthand.  

Şahinkaya Canyon

Şahinkaya Canyon has Samsun’s most breathtaking sights and is Türkiye’s second-largest canyon. Şahinkaya canyon tour is not only a nature trip since the canyon is also home to many historical landmarks. A plane ticket to Samsun is the first step for this amazing ride in Şahinkaya Canyon. 

Kemaliye Dark Canyon

Kemaliye Dark Canyon is located in Erzincan and it is one of the largest canyons of the world. You should buy a plane ticket to Erzincan to explore its hidden beauties. 

Best Routes for Canyoning in the World


Interlaken is a district of Switzerland and is one of the most popular destinations among nature enthusiasts since it is located between well-preserved Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Canyoning in Interlaken is widely-appreciated around the globe and your ticket to Switzerland is the first step to take for you to enjoy it too.    Interlaken is easily accessed by railway from Zurich or any other big city in Switzerland. The journey takes about 2 hours from the Zurich main station. Alternatively, Berne Airport is the closest one located within a short distance from Interlaken. You can take the train line 4 or bus lines 160 or 21.

Verdon Gorge Canyon

Verdon Gorge is a marvelous river canyon situated in southeastern part of France. Also called as the “Grand Canyon of France” this beautiful landscape is famous among the tourists from all over Europe. Moreover, it is within easy reach from French Riviera. Hence you can get there from Marseille by renting a car or hopping on the train in a couple of hours.

Lake Garda

Italy is a well-known tourism destination and has plenty to offer. A plane ticket to Italy is the gateway to discover its natural beauties, cuisine, historical landmarks. Lake Garda is one of its natural beauties and arguably has the best canyoning routes in the world. The lake is located between Venice and Milan. 

Sierra de Guara

Sierra de Guara is located in the northern part of Spain and is one of the most prominent centers for canyoning in the country. There are many endemic animals and plants in the canyon. You can get your plane ticket to Spain to discover what Sierra de Guara has to offer for you. 

Huesca is the closest city within one hour away from Sierra de Guara. Although there are no direct lines between two locations you can take bus line 341 directed to Aguas and then book a taxi. The local bus operator Alosa also provides frequent rides to Sierra de Guara. You may consider renting your own car which is probably the most convenient way to travel with ease in the region. 

Partnach Gorge

Partnach Gorge is located in the most southern part of Germany just next to the Alps. Partnach Gorge is a very well-appreciated outdoor activities center with plenty of amazing canyoning routes. To discover Partnach Gorge, you can book your ticket to Germany today. 

Munich is the closest city to Garmisch-Partenkirchen where Partnach Gorge is located. The best way to reach there is probably by train which will take about an hour and half from Munich central train station. There are also buses departing from Munich central bus station. 

If you are planning to travel with your equipment, there might be additional costs. You can click here to check the extra services price table.

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