Packrafting Courses

Come join KWG for one of our Packrafting courses!

KWG continues to up the bar for Alaska packraft instruction with our Level 1 and Level 2 packraft instructional courses.  Both courses are 2 days in length and cover the skills that you will need to paddle through the wilderness on your own.  KWG’s location in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias NP provides us with “in-town” wilderness access and makes these courses destination trips.

We focus on not only the hard skills needed to push deeper into the wild rivers around us, but use an interdisciplinary approach that teaches both self and group rescue techniques as well as risk management and good river decision making.

Click the buttons below to see our full curriculum for each of our courses.

Packrafting Level 1

Packrafting Level 2


medium very hard  (medium – very hard)

Trip Highlights:
Chance to learn new skills or hone your existing skills in a “real-world” packrafting environment with experienced and professional instructors.

Terrain Challenges May Include:
Long days in the field. Swimming and paddling in cold, glacier fed waters. Navigating your own packraft in Class II-III whitewater. Hiking over un-even terrain.

Available Season:
See dates listed

Suggested Timeframe:
2-day course, optional 3rd day fly-in day trip

2022 Pricing

2022 Group Pricing $465/person
(base price, see below for discounts)

Prices are for 2 days of instruction for either course.

KWG offers custom courses as well (see below for custom course pricing).

3rd day optional fly-in $175/person + airfare (airfare price based on location, contact us for details)

2022 Private Packraft Course Pricing. Private course curriculum tailored to meet your group's objectives.
1 or 2:4+$465
Discount Options (for group or private course)Discount Amount (for group or private course)
Bring your own boat$50 discount
Bring your own drysuit$50 discount

Memorial Day Weekend May 29th and 30th (Optional Fly out Day 31st)

We are offering not 1, not 2, but 3 courses over Memorial Day Weekend!!!  Level 1 & Level 2 Co-Ed and a Level 2 Women’s Course! (See below for more detail about the Women’s Course)

2021 Dates*: 

Memorial Day Weekend May 29/30th Level 1&2, Women’s Only Level 2 (optional fly out on the 31st)

June 5/6 Level 1 Only (optional fly out on the 7th)

June 12/13 Level 1&2 (optional fly out on the 8th)

Labor Day Weekend September 4/5 Level 1&2 (optional fly out on the 6th)


*If you are interested in a group course and do not see the dates here contact us.  We are happy to add courses to the calendar!  We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a group course.*

**At any point, you can book a custom course with custom dates with any number of people.  Contact us for pricing.**

For the Memorial Day Women’s Course we are excited to be partnering with Jule Harle and Alaska Packraft Guidebook, read below for a little more about Jule!

Jule has been whitewater kayaking, packrafting, and rafting Alaskan rivers since she began calling this state her home, in 2007.  She teaches packrafting safety courses and guided wilderness trips all over the state. She’s passionate about getting out and using packrafts to explore Alaska’s plethora of whitewater-new rivers & new routes are her JAM.  Having a strong background in whitewater hardshell kayaking before discovering packrafting, she specializes in teaching & refining paddling skills, boat control, & reading whitewater.  She is an ACA certified kayak instructor. She’s currently working with other Alaskan paddlers in creating a guidebook to serve as a resource for other boaters looking for beta & information about Alaska’s best packrafting trips. Visit her website at: Alaska Packraft for more info.



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