Why did we thru-hike this marvelous, kilometer-long mountain-ridge trail? When Coen heard about the Baekdu-daegan, things somehow fell into place. Too densely populated, too asphalted, too many roads, not enough remote and empty areas accessible by car. And so we did.
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Why did we thru-hike this marvelous, kilometer-long mountain-ridge trail? When Coen heard about the Baekdu-daegan, things somehow fell into place. Too densely populated, too asphalted, too many roads, not enough remote and empty areas accessible by car.
And so we did. Join the Adventure! Click here to become our Patron and enjoy exclusive benefits Magic — When a temple insists you accept a free meal. Hiking here is a good way to meet Korean people and to enjoy their friendship and hospitality. On that note, let me share some of the magic moments during the last stage of our journey.
We hiked along remains of fortresses more than a thousand years old as well as war memorials dedicated to the Korean War And we came across many sansin-gaks, shrines dedicated to the mountain spirit. Offering and praying here is very much a part of Korean culture and beautiful to watch. Magic — Because the Mountain Spirit is always there to protect you. Magic — Because Koreans have found harmonious ways to intertwine earth turtle , humans black tablet , and heaven dragons on top.
In some temples you can stay for the night, others are great just to visit. Read More: Hiking in Jirisan National Park Magic — Because the mists and clouds actually add to the mystifying and surreal atmosphere of this Buddhist and shamanistic temple.
Magic — When you see the power of people building something together, each contributing just a couple of stones. Magic — When your buddy prepares you yet another lunch on top of the mountain while you take a nap and soak up the warming sunrays.
Many Koreans hike it. Relatively few do it as a thru-hike, many as a section hike — sometimes alone, at other times with hiking groups.
Hiking the Baekdu-daegan Mountain Ridge (Where Are We – South Korea 9)
Next skip 34 Information for Hikers this big picture description, if you were to arrive at an unmarked trail junction, the Baekdu-daegan trail is more than likely the trail going straight up the nearest highest hill in the same direction that you came from. Before we break into the finer points of navigating the Baekdu-daegan, we can gladly report that navigating it is not a difficult task, and that the trail is for the most part well marked and prominent. Transliterating Trail Markers Your biggest obstacle and waster of time in those moments of uncertainty about your direction or placement will be trying to read and transliterate most of the information boards and signposts on the trail to the map series that you are using. This art, for first-time visitors to Korea, involves matching the hangeul text on your map with the hangeul text on the signpost or marker, a tedious code-cracking exercise that needs to be carried out when you are unsure of your direction or location.
Please bear in mind that we walked the trail in and that some of this information might change over time. We highly recommend it! Although it was written in , it is still very reliable. We have decided to skip most of the closed sections, either by walking around them or by hitchhiking. Here is the Amazon link to purchase the book. General information from past hikers There is a Facebook Baekdu Daegan group.
Why Hike the Baekdu-Daegan? (South Korea)
We divided the day hike up in 4 stages. The weather gods took pity on us and kept the rains away. We stayed dry. Fortunately, the tent proved a good buy in this respect.