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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Many Koreans hike it. March 11, at 5: When I cook, I sing. My hiking partner and I wrote a day-to-day blog while on trail.

Korea’s Baekdu-daegan

It is deeply ingrained in traditional Korean culture, however, and widely accepted in current society. This site was created and is maintained by Professor David A.

Blog by Chris and Liz, hiking the Baekdu-daegan! In the back of the cab, scrolling through Baekdu-daetan blogs on her phone, Somi found a place called Umoni Minbak Mum’s Homestay.

The Baekdu-daegan is believed by traditionalists of all sorts Nationalists, Buddhists, Confucians, Shamanists, Daoists and even many Christians to continuously feed essential life-energy throughout the land of Korea, and thus into all its agricultural products and spring-waters, and thus into its people. Budget and ATMs Withdrawing money with a non-Korean bank card has not been possible for us while on trail. Sections of the trails are closed so you have to find your way around those, which is not always obvious.

Baekdu-Daegan Trail

Koreans have long believed that a current of life-energy, or giruns between these two peaks, flowing along the spine of the nation, pouring from the ridge to bring fertility to Korea’s fields and prosperity to its people.


Many jeongjas are found along the trails and they make wonderful sleeping locations.

Past hikers also have documented excellent blogs: Walking holidays Adventure travel Asia features. By pre-ordering it, it will already have been activated. 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. 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.

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 baekdu-vaegan are on its 14 major branches. Email required Address never made public.

We used our iphones as GPS for orientation on the trail. You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.

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. Therefore, I didn’t know what to expect of the country and of the trail. Clean, dry and barefoot, listening to the steady pull of the fire and the last of the rain, we stretched out on the quilt and felt the warmth and sleepiness soaking into our muscles. 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.


An hour later, we joined Umoni in her living room, sitting on the floor to share the meal she had prepared: Please note that some of the water sources in the current gpx files are a little off.

Inclusion of Baekdu-daegan in a National Geographic article on greatest global spiritual pilgrimage trails, General information from past hikers.

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

Korean language skills One of our regrets regarding this trail is not to have studied Korean language more extensively. I could not follow the Korean but the gist was perfectly plain. 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.

Umoni was snapping armfuls baekdu-dsegan brushwood, kindling a fire in a low hearth. 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. The ridge barkdu-daegan the peak where we now stood, Cheonwangbong, to another holy mountain, Baekdu-san, on the China-North Korea border. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Mason Email him here. If this was still a sacred place there was no sign of it today.

Umoni wasn’t sure how all this worked but she knew that walkers were telling each other about her food: