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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Sections of the trails are closed so you have to find your way around those, which is not always obvious. We both got Sim cards from the company Evergreen for our phones so we could use data and be able to place phone calls. As we collapsed into our tent at the end of that day, Somi looked unconvinced by the fascinating baekdu-daefan theories of her ancestors. In the back of the cab, scrolling through Korean blogs on her phone, Somi found a place called Umoni Minbak Mum’s Homestay.

Hiking in Jirisan National Park. Here is the Amazon link to purchase the book.

Baekdu Daegan Hike – 2015

Withdrawing money with a non-Korean bank card has not been possible for us while on trail. You are commenting using your Twitter account. We stayed at Umoni Minbak for three days, pottering around in our flipflops or sitting in the courtyard to help sort the chillies that had been dried in the sun to a dark, lacquered red.

The Baekdu Daegan might, I thought, take us back to an older, rural Korea and into an indigenous culture that was almost as alien to Somi as it was to me. To the north we could see the crooked spine of the Baekdu Daegan, a mountain ridge and watershed that runs the length of the peninsula.

Many Koreans hike it. Noodles, cookies and chocolate are usually available. However here are our top five words that you must learn before hitting the trail: We both used the Gaia GPS application, on which we downloaded South Korean topo maps for the trail and uploaded gpx files of the trail and water sources.


Email required Address never made public. We’d reached a road at the northern edge of the Jirisan range, where we found a taxi and curled effortlessly down to a village called Nochi Maeul.

About km of crest-trail is within what is now South Korea, and most of that is accessible for hiking with alternate routes for what is not. Water 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. September 4, July 12, magoma Baekdu DaeganhikingKoreathru hiking. December 4, August 31, Karin-Marijke. I was there with my partner, Somi, who was brought up in downtown Seoul and had pushed hard for a couple of weeks on a beach in south-east Asia.

Magic — When a temple insists you accept a free meal. The Baekdu-daegan thus includes most but not all of Korea’s highest peaks, and roughly half of its most sacred mountains most of those not included are on its 14 major branches. This has been very useful as if you stay on the trail and do not visit towns often, you will only come across wifi spots every couple of days or more.

On day four we reached the mountain shelter of Yeonhacheon, where I slept on the floor, shoulder-to-shoulder in a row of exhausted Korean men.

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More details on the species of snakes is available in the guidebook. This last concept belongs to the Oriental version of the ancient and varied philosophical doctrines known as ” Vitalism ” and cannot be considered fully “scientific”; it remains “unconfirmed” like its cousin acupuncture theory.

The bus we boarded two days after getting to Seoul was full of hikers in shiny bright gear equipped with fancy backpacks and poles. I got to Seoul not knowing how to reach the start of the trail and I was a little nervous about the whole trail ahead. General information from past hikers.


Baekdu Daegan Hike – – Marilyne Marchand

Your price will always be the same. If you do not pre-order it, you can still purchase one but you will need to activate it by sending a copy of your passport. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: There are few large grocery stores on trail and hikers mostly resupply in small stores at mountain pass.

Even though rice is not always for sale, we were always able to obtain some by asking and if was often given to us for free. Her real name was Myeong Rae. 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.

It climbs up beyond Pyongyang, oblivious of the cold war and of manmade frontiers, encrusted with the same cairns and temples, carrying the same current of meaning and memory. Jiri-san near its southern end, and the geomantic earth-energy main- stream that in theory runs along it.

Why Hike the Baekdu-Daegan? The trip on the Baekdu Daegan in South Korea encompassed a lot of things: She had been born in in a Korea still wounded by Japanese occupation and about to descend into a war that left a million people dead and the country in ruins. We feel grateful, privileged and naekdu-daegan for having hiked the trail.

I have loved all the trails, although on some days I hated them. Suddenly, the path broke from the trees and we were on the exposed granite summit of mainland Baekkdu-daegan Korea’s highest peak, Cheonwangbong.