The Ultimate Seoraksan Hike, Naksan Beach, Lavender Flower Festival

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Please make sure you have correct selection for dinner below. YES food or NO food.

Also will take the tents for those who ask for it. Can take shower in the motel room. So far two people have asked for tents.

The following people will not be hiking. Bus driver will take you to Jjimjilbang in Sokcho:

Hi Folks,

Now its spring and a great time to hike the great mountains of Korea. And perhaps the greatest of the hiking mountains in Korea is Seorak Mountain.
And when hiking experts talk about Seorak Mountain they always include two places that is a must.

Perhaps the greatest view point in Seoraksan is the masterpiece view at the highest peak (Dae Chung Bong). At 1708 meters (5603 feet) it is 3rd highest of the big 3. Jeju Halasan is 1950 meters (6397 feet) and Jirisan is 1915 meters. Since you can begin the hike at 980 meters, the elevation rise is 700 meters (or about 2400 feet).

And the other must hike trail is the Dinosaur Ridge trail for its very impressive series of rocky peaks.
These two areas cannot be seen by your regular Seoraksan sightseers. The views from cable car peak or other easy hikes from Seorak Valley (outer Seorak) cannot compare to the scale of these sights of inner Seorak.

The Giant Dae Chung Bong and Dinosaur Ridge Combo Course:
Probably the most giant of day hikes in Seoraksan, you start at Han Gae Ryung overpass (980 meters) and head up to Dae Chung Bong peak (5 hrs). Then from the peak head down to Hee Woon Gak (1hr) which is the starting point of the Dragon Ridge trail (5hrs) and then hike down to Bi Sun Dae (2 hrs). From Bi Sun Dae its easy stroll down to Seorak Valley (1hr).
Total Hike/Walk Time = 14 hours or so.

If you feel you are not up to taking on the Dinosaur Ridge, you can choose to head down the mountain just before start of the Dinosaur Ridge trail.

Bisundae is a good place to rest and get makgeolli or beer and pajun. We can all meet here.

The Dae Chung Bong Course:
You start at Han Gae Ryung overpass (980 meters) and head up to Dae Chung Bong peak (5 hrs). Then from the peak head down to Hee Woon Gak (1hr). From here continue heading down Chun Bul Dong Valley and on to Bi Sun Dae (3 hours). From Bi Sun Dae its easy stroll down to Seorak Valley (1hr).
Total Hike/Walk Time = 10 hours or so.

The site you see open before your eyes at the peak will not disappoint you. It is truly spectacular. And what better way than to conquer these two most scenic parts of Seorak Mountain than to leave all of the heavy baggage on the bus and do the hike carrying only a camera and water bottle.

This ultimate hiking combo course is not recommended for the 1st time hikers or those with physical conditions. The non-hiking option:
If you are not up for hiking you have the option to go with the bus to a nearby jjimjilbang facility which is open 24hrs so you can get some shuteye. You are free to look around the city or beach. Then you can come to Seorak valley by around 3PM so you can look around. We will all meet at entrance to Seorak valley at 5:30PM so we can depart to Naksan Beach which is a 25min ride. After the giant hike those who wish we will be dropped off at a nice sauna for a relaxing bath. Then we will all kick back all evening having a nice meal and beers. Its possible to stay in a tent on the beach if you prefer. We will stay at a very nice beachside motel.

Then on Sunday we will then head up the coastline to the Lavender festival around 11AM. They will have herb bibimbob and some hands on experience things like soap making. People who prefer to stay on a beach you can stay and we can pick you up on the way back home.

The plan is:
6/25 (Fri)
11:30PM Depart Seoul

6/26 (Sat)
3:00AM Arrive Seorak Mountain (Han Gae Ryung overpass) and Start Hike
5:30PM Depart Seorak Mountain and go to Beachside Motel (Sauna stop on the way maybe possible)
11PM Football Match on TV or at Sokcho city giant screen.

6/27 (Sun)
3:30AM Football Match on TV
Morning swim at Naksan Beach
Noon Depart Naksan Beach
1:00PM Arrive Lavender Festival
3:00PM Depart Festival
4:00PM Pickup people at Naksan Beach
9:00PM Arrive Seoul

The basic cost of the trip will be 65,000 won.
This includes:
Round Trip Chartered Bus
Beachside Motel (4 per room)
Travel Insurance

If you would like to participate in the cheese burger and/or Korean pork BBQ with lettuce wrap dinner, please add 10,000 won to the basic cost.

Things to bring:
1. Sunscreen
2. Beach Towel
3. Flash light (torch)
4. Water (water can be bought at top)
5. Slippers
6. Bath Towel

Maximum # of people to go is 45.

Sign Up Process:
1. EVERYONE MUST RSVP YES to be eligible to go. (CANNOT RSVP for someone else.) RSVP YES does not mean you have a spot on the bus. 2. If # of spots remaining is less than 5 (show at top of this post) then send me an email ([masked]) to check if there is room for you.

3. Deposit the amount as shown above. Only a deposit AND email confirmation guarantees space!
You can deposit for someone else or someone else can deposit for you. (to confirm your deposit, check for name on the DEPOSIT CONFIORMATION LIST)
You can use ATM to make the deposit if you or your friend has an ATM card.
If you dont know how to make a deposit please ask a Korean friend to help you. Your Korean friend can make the deposit for you using their ATM. Also please do not write "trip" or something like that for the deposit. Then it comes in as "trip" and I do not know who made the deposit.

4. Send email ([masked]) saying you made how much deposit from which bank for which trip on which date. And also please include your cell phone #.
Also please include your middle name. The deposit shows up in my account with sometimes just 4 letters. Sometimes it is the first 4 letters of your middle name. So please let me know exactly what it says on your account in full. Please indicate which is middle name and which is last name and first name because sometimes that is difficult to know.
Also please indicate if you are male or female.

Include Alien Registration Card (ARC) # so I can get insurance for you. It is extra travel insurance in case something happens. Its less than 1000 won and included in the trip only if you send me the info.
If you do not have a ARC card then please provide passport# and birthdate (YYMMDD format i.e. 800429). Please do not combine email with other trips. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND ONE EMAIL FOR EACH TRIP. AND~ Please include the name of the trip in the SUBJECT line!

Once we receive the email and we can confirm the deposit we will add your name to the deposit list. Once your name shows up on the deposit list, then your spot in confirmed. If you make a deposit but do not send the email, that spot may get filled by someone else.

Please keep in mind travel insurance does not cover horse riding nor ATV riding nor bike riding nor any other "risky" activities.

5. Deposits should be made to:
Kookmin Bank [masked]
Cho, William (조윌리엄)

Refund Policy:
From date of deposit to 12hours before departure = Deposit Amount minus 20,000 cancellation fee
12 hours to departure = 0%

This travel group is not liable in anyway during or after your trip.
Please be careful and be mindful of safety.

Please check back here often since new information can be updated anytime and as soon as I get them.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone find a blue Marmot rain jacket or a black Patagonia shirt that were left on the bus after "The Ultimate Seoraksan Hike"?

    June 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great challenge but amazing!

    June 28, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Suzanne - The banks in Itaewon allow you to deposit funds into a person's account without an ID or an account. Some may charge a small fee for the deposit. You complete the deposit slip and provide it to the teller with the money. Itaewon banks have a deposit slip example translated into English. I don't have either ID or an account and have been successful using the KB Bank in Itaewon to make deposits for these trips.

    June 11, 2010

  • William C.

    Suzanne, Can you ask a Korean person to help you? If not I guess we can try to figure out a paypal method but I've not done it before.

    June 10, 2010

  • Suzanne H.

    I've only been here for a week but I would LOVE to go on this trip. I don't have an ID card or a bank account yet. What can I do so I can go on this trip. I have PayPal. Could I use that?

    June 10, 2010

  • William C.

    The deposit confirmation list is being updated on the facebook page at:

    May 26, 2010

  • William C.

    Yes. The same.

    May 26, 2010

  • Tara S.

    is this the same station as Apgujeong?

    May 26, 2010

  • William C.

    Cool. Who's in charge of Rob Cherry welcome back party?^^

    May 14, 2010

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