The mile Baekdu Daegan trail traverses North and South Korea. Daniel Adamson treks a short southern section and takes refuge in a. Great Korean Mountain Trails – Baekdu-daegan Trail – An online hiking guide for the mountains of South Korea, and a window to their culture and history. The Baekdu-daegan chain of mountains forms the backbone of the Korean Peninsula. It has always occupied a very special place in the hearts of Koreans.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As we collapsed into our tent at the end of that day, Somi looked unconvinced by the fascinating geomantic theories of her ancestors. Many jeongjas are found along the trails and they make wonderful sleeping locations.

Why Hike the Baekdu-Daegan? (South Korea)

If this was still a sacred place there was no sign of it today. Resupply Resupply locations are listed in the guidebook. I baekcu-daegan convinced a friend I had made on the Te Araroa trail to join me. If it has not rained for a couple days, hikers might need to carry large quantities of water with them.

There is a Facebook Baekdu Daegan group. Why Hike the Baekdu-Daegan? You can find the gpx files on the Facebook group. Resupply locations are listed in the guidebook. Relatively few do it as a thru-hike, many as a section hike — sometimes alone, at other times with hiking groups.

Hiking in South Korea: trails and tribulations on the Baekdu Daegan

Wildlife – A small population of bears is present in the Jiri-San national park at the southern end of the trail. Since the trail follows the crest of the mountains and is in fact the water divide between the East and West sea, finding water can be difficult. Conversations on and off trail could have been more interesting and a lot of situations made easier had we known the language a little more. Too much magazine-shine and plastic surgery, too many LCDs scrolling and blinking for attention.


Almost everything had been grown in the garden or foraged in the woods above the village. General information from past hikers There is a Facebook Baekdu Daegan group. Language barriers were making some situations difficult, but as the trip progressed I learned to just let go and accept that even if the situation was awkward and sometimes uncomfortable, it would probably end up in a nice way.

From the crowd there we felt reassured that we were at least headed to a hiking destination. The distance we hiked everyday and the campsites we chose were influenced a lot by the distance from which they were to water sources. Although I was not traveling alone I would recommend Korea for solo female travelers. Walking holidays Adventure travel Asia features.

In some temples you can stay for the night, others are great just to visit. Noodles, cookies and chocolate are usually available.

JavaScript is required for this content. Before we left, Umoni sat between us on the steps of her porch and asked a neighbour to take a photograph on her Polaroid camera. Please note that some of the water sources in the current gpx files are a little off. Brochure published by KTO in We have managed to withdraw money from our credit cards in one town that was close to the trail but do not count on this.

We feel grateful, privileged and better for having hiked the trail. Word of Umoni’s cooking spread quickly. Magic — When a temple insists you accept a free meal. My hiking partner and I wrote a day-to-day blog while on trail.

Topics South Korea holidays. There were some very nice sections, especially in the national parks, however some sections in between were in less interesting area scenery-wise, and some parts seemed to have had little maintenance as the vegetation was slowly taking over the trail. We freedom camped most nights along the trail except in national parks where we stayed in shelters. Therefore, I didn’t know what to expect of the country and of the trail.

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Tips and tricks for hiking the Baekdu Daegan trail in South Korea | Baekdu Daegan

And we came across many sansin-gaksshrines dedicated to the mountain spirit. Too densely populated, too asphalted, too many roads, not enough remote and empty areas accessible by car. More details on the species of snakes is available in the guidebook.

We got locals to call shelters directly to get baaekdu-daegan. Health We both got shots to be immunized against japanese encephalitis before hitting the trail.

Pingualuit ski tour — April 16, magoma Comments Off on Pingualuit baekddu-daegan tour — So I opened Umoni Minbak. Twenty miles later, even my own enthusiasm for the authentic Korea of the Baekdu Daegan was waning. At the time of our visit shelters were difficult to book as the website was only in Korean, but a website in English is suppose to be available now.

This amount includes everything from lodging, food, transportation, gear replacements and cell phone costs. We baaekdu-daegan got shots to be immunized against Japanese encephalitis before hitting the trail.

The bus dropped us at a location that was not documented in the guidebook, but we were easily able to figure out our way to the start of the trail by looking at information boards. A millennial tradition of pilgrimage had been displaced, almost overnight, by the cult of leisure. We have accumulated a list of useful information for anyone who is planning to walk the Baekdu Daegan.

Why Hike the Baekdu-Daegan? (South Korea) – Landcruising Adventure

San-shin worship at the great mountains along its path is believed to assist and increase this energy-flow. By continuing to use baemdu-daegan website, you agree to their use. We used our iphones as GPS for orientation on the trail.