Bugaksan 북악산
Featuring a section of old Joseon dynasty wall in a sensitive area, mount Bugak is surprisingly close to downtown Seoul. Somewhat rocky, Bugaksan is a manageable mountain that nearly everyone has...
Buramsan 불암산
Download for free. A small mountain in northern Seoul, Buramsan offers great hiking opportunities, similar to Bukhansan and Dobongsan, but on a smaller scale. The peak comprises of a giant piece of...
Bukhansan 북한산
Seoul's premier outdoor recreation area, Bukhansan's rocky crags are home to a wealth of hiking opportunities, suitable for most abilities and fitness levels, but especially medium to severe level in...
Ansan 안산
Ansan might be one of Seoul's smallest mountains, but it's rocky and offers fine views of the neighbouring peaks of Inwangsan and Bulgaksan. Hiking Ansan is a pleasant way of taking in some of...
Namhansanseong 남한산성
Namhansanseong is a lovely loop fortress walk south-east of Seoul. Easily visitable from the city centre in one day, Namhansanseong is unique as you get to walk around almost the entire fortress wall...
Deogyusan 덕유산
Home to several peaks over 1500m, Deogyusan is a wonderful hiking destination along the central spine of Korea. Renowned for its sea of clouds visible from its ridge line, it's a great place to...
Surisan 수리산
Located in the deep south of Seoul but just an hour away, Surisan is a pleasant ridge walk taking in several peaks, none of which rise above 500m. It offers a large variety of terrain and serves as a...
Hallasan 한라산
Hallasan is home to Korea's highest peak, the formidable Mount Halla (1950m). Hallasan is one of the very few volcanic peaks in Korea. Climbing to its now dormant crater is a must-do for anyone...
Geumjeongsanseong 금정산성
This magnificent fortress walk is Busan's premier hiking destination. Set high along a ridge line overlooking downtown Busan, Geumjeongsanseong is a wonderful combination of ridge line walking...
Sobaeksan 소백산
Famous for its late May/early June Royal Azalea festival, Sobaeksan forms part of the legendary Baeku-Daegan mountain spine running through the heart of the country. Despite the height of its main...
Seoraksan 설악산
Seoraksan is Korea's premier national park. It's hands down the best place to go hiking in the country, due to its amazing and elaborate rock formations, its renowned Autumn coloured leaves of amber,...
Chiaksan 치악산
Meaning 'The Magpie Crags', Chiaksan is a formidable mountain comprising of steep, rocky valleys and long picturesque ridge lines. Well-worth the short visit from Seoul, Chiaksan National Park makes...
Daedunsan 대둔산
Daedunsan is a small provincial park located in Jeollabuk-do. Its main draws are its elaborate rocky peaks which protrude high into the sky from the land below. This sets the scene for some...
Namsan 남산
Visible from practically everywhere in Seoul, Namsan is an essential walk for any visitor to this vibrant city. There are many routes to its peak, and at the top lies fantastic 360 degree panoramic...
Dobongsan 도봉산
For the thrill of walking mixed with rock climbing, nothing beats Dobongsan. While not high in themselves, the jagged peaks and large barren rock faces are so thrilling to traverse that this mountain...
Achasan 아차산
Achasan is one of eastern Seouls' most accessible mountains. While not a high in itself, Achasan provides walkers with an introduction to the joys and challenges of hiking in Korea, without too much...
Woraksan 월악산
Woraksan is located in the heart of Korea's mountainous interior, encompassing part of the Baekdu-Daegan trail. Its proximity to Songnisan and Sobaeksan mean that a trip here can be combined with a...
Inwangsan 인왕산
Most visitors to Seoul will have seen Inwangsan before ever hearing its name. Located in the downtown area, just North of Gwanghwamun, Inwangsan is a beautiful rock face rising high above the palace...
Taebaeksan 태백산
Famed in the country for its ancient and mysterious altars, high without being difficult, long without being too far, the routes in Taebaeksan are fantastic places to hike. A great time to visit...
Yongmunsan 용문산
A manageable day trip from Seoul, Yongmunsan is famous for being Gyeonggi-do's third highest mountain. Routes to the top of Yongmunsan are challenging and are likely to entertain hikers for several...
Maisan 마이산
Nicknamed 'horse ears mountain', Maisan consists of two uniquely-shaped rocky peaks which are true to its name. Unusually for Korea, the Maisan peaks are composed of conglomerate rock, giving the...
Hwaaksan 화악산
Obscure, high, and serene, Hwaaksan is one of the lesser-known peaks in the country. Officially, the highest mountain in Gyeonggi-do, Hwaaksan is located down a very remote valley, far away from the...
Bulgoksan 불곡산
Not to be confused with the Bulgoksan in Seongnam (in Southern Seoul), Bulgoksan in Yangju City is a 470m mountain that is famed for its rocky surfaces and numerous ropes and cables required to reach...
        
  • Featuring a section of old Joseon dynasty wall in a sensitive area, mount Bugak is surprisingly...
  • Download for free. A small mountain in northern Seoul, Buramsan offers great hiking opportunities,...
  • Seoul's premier outdoor recreation area, Bukhansan's rocky crags are home to a wealth of hiking...
  • Ansan might be one of Seoul's smallest mountains, but it's rocky and offers fine views of the...
  • Namhansanseong is a lovely loop fortress walk south-east of Seoul. Easily visitable from the city...
  • Home to several peaks over 1500m, Deogyusan is a wonderful hiking destination along the central...
  • Located in the deep south of Seoul but just an hour away, Surisan is a pleasant ridge walk taking...
  • Hallasan is home to Korea's highest peak, the formidable Mount Halla (1950m). Hallasan is one of...
  • This magnificent fortress walk is Busan's premier hiking destination. Set high along a ridge line...
  • Famous for its late May/early June Royal Azalea festival, Sobaeksan forms part of the legendary...
  • Seoraksan is Korea's premier national park. It's hands down the best place to go hiking in the...
  • Meaning 'The Magpie Crags', Chiaksan is a formidable mountain comprising of steep, rocky valleys...
  • Daedunsan is a small provincial park located in Jeollabuk-do. Its main draws are its elaborate...
  • Visible from practically everywhere in Seoul, Namsan is an essential walk for any visitor to this...
  • For the thrill of walking mixed with rock climbing, nothing beats Dobongsan. While not high in...
  • Achasan is one of eastern Seouls' most accessible mountains. While not a high in itself, Achasan...
  • Woraksan is located in the heart of Korea's mountainous interior, encompassing part of the...
  • Most visitors to Seoul will have seen Inwangsan before ever hearing its name. Located in the...
  • Famed in the country for its ancient and mysterious altars, high without being difficult, long...
  • A manageable day trip from Seoul, Yongmunsan is famous for being Gyeonggi-do's third highest...
  • Nicknamed 'horse ears mountain', Maisan consists of two uniquely-shaped rocky peaks which are true...
  • Obscure, high, and serene, Hwaaksan is one of the lesser-known peaks in the country. Officially,...
  • Not to be confused with the Bulgoksan in Seongnam (in Southern Seoul), Bulgoksan in Yangju City is...
 

Welcome to Hiking Hub Korea

Welcome to Hiking Hub Korea

Hiking Hub Korea was set up in February 2013. The site represents the fulfilment of a dream that I had held for several years; to offer affordable English language hiking guides for the many mountains of Korea. My first introduction to the mountains of Korea came with a hike up the rocky Inwangsan back in September 2008. Little did I…

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The hiking landscape

The hiking landscape

The whole Korean peninsular consists of a vast array of mountains, ridges and valleys, the backbone of which – the famous Baekdu-Daegun – occupies a central position in the consciousness of the nation. You don't have to go far from your apartment or hotel in Seoul, or most other major towns and cities in the country for that matter, to…

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What to Bring

What to Bring

For the vast majority of Hiking Hub Korea hikes, you will need to bring a backpack along with enough space to store the various items you will need to bring to make your walk a pleasurable one. We recommend a 20 litre backpack if you're hiking for around 3-5 hours. For all day hikes or hikes across multiple days, we…

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Walk Health & Safety

Walk Health & Safety

Korea is generally a very safe place to hike with well-defined and well-trodden routes in national parks, while mountains do not surpass 2000m. That is not to say that accidents do not happen. As with any kind of strenuous or physical activity involving nature, it is important to be prepared and know what you're physically capable of. The three biggest…

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Transportation

Transportation

Hikes around Seoul are very well-connected by public bus or by subway. See each individual guide for the numbers of buses and the names of stations that will take you directly to the foot of the mountains. The majority of national park routes outside of Seoul are well-serviced by public buses. All our guides contain the various times buses leave…

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Achasan 아차산

Achasan 아차산

Achasan is one of eastern Seouls' most accessible mountains. While not a high in itself, Acha... Read more

Ansan 안산

Ansan 안산

Ansan might be one of Seoul's smallest mountains, but it's rocky and offers fine views of the neighbouring peaks of Inwang... Read more

Bugaksan 북악산

Bugaksan 북악산

Featuring a section of old Joseon dynasty wall in a sensitive area, mount Bugak is surprising... Read more

Bukhansan 북한산

Bukhansan 북한산

Seoul's premier outdoor recreation area, Bukhansan's rocky crags are home to a wealth of hiki... Read more

Bulgoksan 불곡산

Bulgoksan 불곡산

Not to be confused with the Bulgoksan in Seongnam (in Southern Seoul), Bulgoksan in Yangju Ci... Read more

Buramsan 불암산

Buramsan 불암산

Download for free. A small mountain in ... Read more

Chiaksan 치악산

Chiaksan 치악산

Meaning 'The Magpie Crags', Chiaksan is a formidable mountain comprising of steep, rocky valleys... Read more

Daedunsan 대둔산

Daedunsan 대둔산

Daedunsan is a small provincial park located in Jeollabuk-do. Its main draws are its elaborat... Read more

Deogyusan 덕유산

Deogyusan 덕유산

Home to several peaks over 1500m, Deogyusan is a wonderful hiking destination along the centr... Read more

Dobongsan 도봉산

Dobongsan 도봉산

For the thrill of walking mixed with rock climbing, nothing beats Dobongsan. While not high i... Read more

Geumjeongsanseong 금정산성

Geumjeongsanseong 금정산성

This magnificent fortress walk is Busan's premier hiking destination. Set high along a ridge ... Read more

Hallasan 한라산

Hallasan 한라산

Hallasan is home to Korea's highest peak, the formidable Mount Halla (1950m). Hallasan is one of the very few volcanic pea... Read more

Hwaaksan 화악산

Hwaaksan 화악산

Obscure, high, and serene, Hwaaksan is one of the lesser-known peaks in the country. Official... Read more

Inwangsan 인왕산

Inwangsan 인왕산

Most visitors to Seoul will have seen Inwangsan before ever hearing its name. Located in the ... Read more

Maisan 마이산

Maisan 마이산

Nicknamed 'horse ears mountain', Maisan consists of two uniquely-shaped rocky peaks which are true to its name. Unusually ... Read more

Namhansanseong 남한산성

Namhansanseong 남한산성

Namhansanseong is a lovely loop fortress walk south-east of Seoul. Easily visitable from the city centre in one day, Namha... Read more

Namsan 남산

Namsan 남산

Visible from practically everywhere in Seoul, Namsan is an essential walk for any visitor to ... Read more

Seoraksan 설악산

Seoraksan 설악산

Seoraksan is Korea's premier national park. It's hands down the best place to go hiking in th... Read more

Sobaeksan 소백산

Sobaeksan 소백산

Famous for its late May/early June Royal Azalea festival, Sobaeksan forms part of the legenda... Read more

Surisan 수리산

Surisan 수리산

Located in the deep south of Seoul but just an hour away, Surisan is a pleasant ridge walk ta... Read more

Taebaeksan 태백산

Taebaeksan 태백산

Famed in the country for its ancient and mysterious altars, high without being difficult, lon... Read more

Woraksan 월악산

Woraksan 월악산

Woraksan is located in the heart of Korea's mountainous interior, encompassing part of the Ba... Read more

Yongmunsan 용문산

Yongmunsan 용문산

A manageable day trip from Seoul, Yongmunsan is famous for being Gyeonggi-do's third highest ... Read more

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