Yukon Backpacking

Yukon Backpacking


  • Up to 95 miles of off-trail travel in the Yukon's remote and vast wilderness
  • Focus on expedition skills and leadership
  • Nearly continuous daylight
  • Extensive alpine tundra, and many days bushwhacking in thick willow and birch
  • Boreal forest ecosystem with caribou, wolf, sheep, and moose sightings possible
Roam through the Yukon’s expansive and trail-less wilderness of forest and mountains. This is the perfect training ground for mastering camping and traveling skills as well as for developing leadership skills and teamwork.

You’ll explore and learn in the Yukon’s wild and remote mountain ranges, where you’ll climb far above tree line for awe-inspiring views. You’ll enjoy untapped fly-fishing and spin fishing in wild rivers and clear alpine lakes.

Hiking here can be hard work, but the rewards of endless ridges and open tundra are well worth the effort. After just 30 days, you’ll come home with the skills and know-how to lead your own backpacking trips, although you’ll always long for the freedom of the Yukon.


Location NOLS Yukon
Tuition $4,475 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 16
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Whitehorse, Yukon
Fly in/out Whitehorse, Yukon
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 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 large open wilderness allowed time for reflection, learning, and making new friends. I learnt many new skills, leadership and learnt a lot about myself. I feel a lot more confident in myself now, not just in backpacking but in everything I do.”

-Michael D.

Yukon Backpacking Grad