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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It branches off into over a dozen major earth-energy-lines that follow the lesser ranges and baekd-udaegan all Korea’s rivers thirteen major Branches, hundreds of lesser ones.

Please bear in mind that we walked the trail in and that some of this information might change over time. Thanks for these excellent tips. Badkdu-daegan both got Sim cards from the company Evergreen for our phones so we could use data and be able to place phone calls. This site uses cookies. The ridge connects the peak where we now stood, Cheonwangbong, to another holy mountain, Baekdu-san, on the China-North Korea border.

Hiking in Seoraksan National Park. Please note that some of the water sources in the current gpx files are a little off. You can find the gpx files on the Facebook group.

The thing that blew off my mind the most in Korea was the generosity of the people we met. A millennial tradition of pilgrimage had been displaced, almost overnight, by the cult of leisure.



Korea’s Baekdu-daegan

Instead, I’d persuaded her to hike along this ridge, exploring the shamanic shrines and Buddhist temples that have been built along the Baekdu Daegan over the past 1, years. To the north we could see the baekdu-dargan spine of the Baekdu Daegan, a mountain ridge and watershed that runs the length of the peninsula.

I think April could be fine but you might want to check with people that have hiked there in April there is a Facebook group you could post to asking this question.

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.

Hiking in South Korea: trails and tribulations on the Baekdu Daegan | Travel | The Guardian

Too densely populated, too asphalted, too many roads, not enough remote and empty areas accessible by car.

Some parts were very steep and our progress was slow, climbing up and down small cliffs with the aid of old ropes really slows you down.

A new guidebook is suppose to come out in We highly recommend it! 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 abekdu-daegan or more.

Baekdu-Daegan Trail

Authors of the guidebook and past hikers are members of it and will certainly be happy to answer your questions. The trail can be done without any GPS device but it makes it easier to have one.


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. We freedom camped most nights along the trail except in national parks where we stayed in shelters.

Resupply locations are listed in the guidebook. People we crossed on trails and on roads would come up to us and give us food or slip candy in our hands.

Baekdu Daegan Hike – 2015

Suddenly, the path broke from the trees and we were on the exposed granite summit of mainland South Korea’s highest peak, Cheonwangbong. Authors of the guidebook and past hikers are members of it and will certainly be happy to answer your questions. We would recommend taking enough cash to cover the entire trail from the beginning, you will avoid a lot of stress.

We hiked along remains of fortresses more than a thousand years old as well as war memorials dedicated to the Korean War It never crosses water which is fundamental to its definitionbut serves as the watershed-origin for all of Korea.

Hiking the Baekdu-daegan Mountain Ridge.

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And we came across many sansin-gaksshrines dedicated to the mountain spirit.