Brooks Range Backpacking and River

Brooks Range Backpacking and River


  • Backpack and paddle through the remote and beautiful Brooks Range, north of the Arctic Circle
  • Paddle through class II and II whitewater on the Noatak River
  • Learn about the native culture that make their home near the Chukchi Sea
  • See Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, and even lynx
  • Explore the history, geology, or plant and animal life of this remote range
The Brooks Range is one of the wildest mountain ranges in North America.

Stretched across the tundra north of the Arctic Circle, this Land of the Midnight Sun is defined by big open river bottoms, steep mountain slopes, and expansive tundra.

After flying into the area with an experienced Alaskan bush pilot, you'll spend the first 10 days of this extended Arctic expedition on foot, moving across the tundra and up braided river channels. Then you'll swap boots and backpacks for folding canoes and touring kayaks for a three-week river trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or Gates of the Arctic National Park, one of North Americas largest mountain-ringed river basins.

The mountains are spectacular and rugged and the rivers flow through wilderness for hundreds of miles. It's possible to see Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, black and grizzly bears, and lynx as you travel.


Location NOLS Alaska
Tuition $8,400 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $450
Minimum Age 18
Duration 40 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Palmer, NOLS Alaska
Fly in/out Anchorage, NOLS Alaska
College Credit
  • 8 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“The experience was unlike any other and I will never forget my time spent in the Brooks Range. There was so much self discovery and it definitely changed me for the better and made me more aware of myself and my surroundings.”

-Leah M.

Brooks Range Backpacking and River Grad