Hallasan – Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering
- Elevation: 1950 m
- Best months to climb: May, June, July
- Convenient center: Seong Sam Jae
Hallasan Climbing Notes
Mindy from SINGAPORE writes:
We lived in Cheongji-dong near the Cheongjiyeom waterfall and was within less than 10min walking distance to the Seogwipo (old) bus terminal where a very genteel and helpful ajussi manned the ticket counter. There were 2 buses (701 & 781) that go to the Seongpanak entrance.
Even though we were unfit, we completed the Seongpanak trail with many rest stops. There were many ajussis and ajumas who overtook us and completed the trail with less pain. There were a couple of friendly ones who shared their food and halting conversations with us. It got more windy towards the summit and windbreakers would be great for this leg.
We took the Gwaneumsa trail for our descent and it was alot more scenic. I could imagine the rapids and streams in times of wetter weather. It was indeed harder with more rocky and steeper terrain but was manageable on the descent. We completed it in 3.5 hours.
At the Gwaneumsa entrance, the surrounding view was awesome and the splattering of cherry blossom was a great delight as we didn't expect to see them towards the end of April. Since it was a Monday, we were told that there was no shuttle bus and spent 20,000W in a taxi to Dongmun Market. That took almost 20mins.
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