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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Mason Email him here. One of our regrets regarding this trail is not to have studied Korean language more extensively. We had not major health issue during our trip.

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

Each time I think about my Baekdu Daegan experience, what comes to my mind is not so much the beautiful mountains of Korea, but the warm smile of its people. I think April could be fine but you might want to check with people that have hiked there in April there is a Bawkdu-daegan group you could post to asking this question.

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. Korean language skills One of our regrets regarding this trail is not to have baekdu-daegzn Korean language more extensively.

In the back of the cab, scrolling through Korean blogs on her phone, Somi found a place called Umoni Minbak Mum’s Homestay.


An hour later, we joined Umoni in her living room, sitting on the floor to share the meal she had prepared: We read on another blog that you should bow to cars when trai and we have done this. I was thinking of hiking the Baekdu Daegan after the Te Araroa, but I had done little planning because I was not baekddu-daegan sure that I would go on another long distance hike after completing Te Araroa.

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

There is a Traio Baekdu Daegan group. You can find the gpx files on the Facebook group. Please note that some of the water sources in the current gpx files are a little off. March 11, at 5: JavaScript is required for this content. We also heard Umoni’s story.

By pre-ordering it, baekdu-dqegan will already have been activated. 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.

Why Hike the Baekdu-Daegan? (South Korea)

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. There is a Facebook Baekdu Daegan group. Why did we hike the Baekdu-daegan? In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

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A millennial tradition of pilgrimage had been displaced, almost overnight, by the cult of leisure. The trail can be done without any GPS device but it makes it easier to have one. Clean, dry and barefoot, listening to the steady pull of the baekdu-xaegan and the last of the rain, we stretched out on the quilt and felt the warmth and sleepiness soaking into our muscles.


Walking holidays Adventure travel Asia features. By pre-ordering it, it will already have been activated. Fit-looking Koreans crowded the summit, kitted out in bright Lycra and Gore-Tex, filming each other on tablets and phones.

Past hikers also abekdu-daegan documented excellent blogs: It is deeply ingrained in traditional Korean culture, however, and widely accepted in current society. You can find the gpx files on the Facebook group.

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. Water Since the trail follows the crest of the mountains bakedu-daegan is in fact the water divide between the East and West sea, finding water can be difficult.

Are you enjoying our stories? Along the length of the Baekdu Daegan there were groves and altars like this: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Umoni wasn’t sure how baekdu-daegna this worked but she knew that walkers were telling each other baekdu-daegam her food: 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.