Hike and drive your way through South Korea’s most epic natural and cultural landscapes
Hike in South Korea’s finest national parks and explore its fascinating cultural landmarks as you embark on a day 10-day guided hiking and cultural tour spanning several provinces and regions.
The 10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour provides the perfect opportunity to experience the best of South Korea’s natural landscapes while also getting a feel for its rich culture and ancient traditions. You’ll lace up your boots for challenging days of hiking interspersed with scenic drives and cultural sightseeing on foot. Immersed in South Korea’s culture, you’ll explore its sacred temples, fascinating museums, and bustling street markets.
As well as experiencing the breathtaking landscapes of South Korea’s scenic national parks (including several mighty peaks), you’ll also explore vibrant cities like Seoul, and small traditional villages like Hahoemaeul, giving you a feel for both big-city and small-town life in South Korea.
See the best of South Korea’s natural and cultural landscapes. Strike the perfect balance between exploring on foot and in a vehicle, on the 10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour.
Highlights of the 10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour
10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival
Welcome to Seoul, the heart of South Korea!
You’ll be met at the airport by your friendly tour guide with a transfer to your first accommodations to follow. Soak up those first impressions of Seoul as you make your way from the airport to your comfortable hotel through the vibrant city.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Day 2 Explore the Heart of South Korea: Seoul
Known as the political, cultural, and economic hub of South Korea, Seoul is often referred to as the nation's heartbeat. Today you'll embark on an exciting tour of Seoul, driving through several of its districts where you'll explore the charismatic city's historical and cultural highlights on foot.
Peruse the pedestrian-friendly Gwanghwamum Plaza and later, take a trip back in time with a visit to the impressive Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you'll find yourself immersed in the colourful history of the capital.
Next is a visit to the National Folk Museum of South Korea, where you'll learn more about the country’s rich culture before soaking up the vibes (and snacks) at a traditional Korean street market. The bustling Gwangjang Market dates back to 1905 and is currently home to over 5000 individual vendors!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Wonju
Day 3 Birobong Peak, Ipseoksa Temple and Gosu Cave
Today’s exciting itinerary marks your first day of Hiking in South Korea. You’ll set out from the Guryong Visitors Center to tackle the Birobong Peak (1,288m/4,225ft). A spectacular stretch of trail unfolds this morning through a scenic valley, leading you to the majestic Seryom Falls. Stop to snap some epic photos here before continuing on a steep ascent as you press on towards the summit. As you complete the challenge, you’ll enjoy breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys as your reward.
Next, you’ll descend to Hyangnobong Samgeori and on to the Hwanggol Visitors Center. On the way, stop at the Ipseoksa Temple, where a seated Buddha statue lords over the complex. Once in the gorgeous city of Danyang, further highlights include the Dodam Sambong rocks and the Gosu Cave, known as the most beautiful limestone cave in South Korea, dating back nearly 400 million years.
The day ends with a scenic cruise to Cheongpung, where you’ll find tonight’s accommodations. You’ll no doubt rest well here tonight after an exhilarating day of exploring on foot!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cheongpung
Distance: 6 hours, 9.8km
Day 4 Peaks, Temples, and Buddhist Ceremony
This morning you’ll set out on a transfer from Cheongpyung to the Hwabuk Visitors Center in Saongnisan National Park. Today you’ll tackle the Munjangdae Second Course, an exhilarating hike of the Munjangdae Peak (1,033m/3,389ft). Navigating a challenging rocky trail alongside scenic springs and cascades, you’ll reach the flat rock summit of Munjangdae, where breathtaking views of the park unfold in all directions.
Up next, you’ll enjoy a scenic stretch of trail through woodlands until you reach the Beopjusa Temple, dating back to 553. Stand in awe of the colossal golden Buddha that dazzles as it towers high above the temple and its 5-story wooden pagoda.
Be sure to treat yourself to the Four Buddhist Instrument Ceremony while here, a profoundly moving traditional experience that you won’t want to miss.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Songnisan
Distance: 6 hours, 9.7km
Day 5 Hahoemaeul Village and Andong
This morning you’ll transfer to Andong! Known as a stronghold of Confucianism, Andong is home to a plethora of interesting sites and experiences.
Visit Hahomaeul Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 15th-century, where you’ll find remarkably well-preserved traditional Korean houses. Enjoy this fascinating encounter with history as you explore the village’s narrow alleys, soaking up its boundless rustic charm.
While in Andong, you’ll be invited to participate in a traditional paper-making workshop before topping off the day with a visit to the Andong Folk Museum. Here you’ll be made privy to traditional Confucian culture as you explore a variety of fascinating exhibits.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Andong
Day 6 Hike the Yuilsa Course
The day kicks off with a visit to the Dosan Seowon, established in 1574 in memory of Yi Hwang, the Confucian-shrine academy is an exciting complex to explore.
Up next, you’ll hike the Yuilsa Course through lovely woods peppered with beautiful alpine plants and wildflowers. The trail comes to an end as you reach the Taebaek Coal Museum, where you’ll have the chance to learn about South Korea’s once-booming coal mining operation based in the highland town of Taebaek.
A final transfer to your accommodations in Jeongseon marks the end of today’s adventure.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Jeongseon
Distance: 4 hours, 7.5km
Day 7 Drive the Misan Valley and Chill at Naksan Beach
After several jam-packed days, today is an opportunity to take it easy and enjoy some slower-paced activities!
Driving through the beautiful Misan Valley, you’ll pass charming rural villages and working farms as you make your way down to Yangyang, where you’ll note a stark departure from a rural landscape to a vibrant city landscape. Once in Yangyang, you’ll enjoy a pleasant afternoon basking on the sandy shores of Naksan Beach.
Back on the road, you’ll take a short ride to Seoraksan National Park, featuring a myriad of remarkable scenery, including rugged cliffs and peaks, thundering waterfalls and several scenic valleys.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoraksan
Day 8 Hiking in Seoraksan National Park
Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Seoraksan National Park, where you’ll be greeted at the entrance by a towering bronze Unification Buddha.
Several hikes are available in the park today, each varying in length and difficulty.
Some of the Seoraksan National Park highlights include Seoaksan Peak (1,708m/5,603ft), Geumgang Cave, Gyejoam Hermitage, Biryong Waterfall, and the cable car to the Gwongeumseong.
No matter how you decide to tackle the Seoraksan National Park, today is sure to be adventure-filled and gratifying!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoraksan National Park
Day 9 Visit the Unification Observatory and the DMZ Museum
Today you’ll travel by vehicle to the most northern tip of the east coast of South Korea, enjoying pastoral scenery as you make your way to the Unification Observatory. Established in 1983, the observatory invites you to learn about the divisions and subsequent hope for unification between North and South Korea.
Driving along the road that separates the two countries at odds, you’ll note the tank traps that flank your path as you spot the infamous border that divides north from south in the distance. Your proximity to North Korea will allow you to witness its soldiers patrolling the beach and nearby islands, an experience equally eerie and fascinating.
Later, you’ll have the chance to visit the DMZ Museum where you’ll learn further details of the complex conflict between North and South Korea and the paramount importance of the DMZ (demilitarized zone).
Overnight Location: Hotel in Seoul
Day 10 Departures
Following breakfast, your fascinating discovery of South Korea comes to an end. Check out and take a transfer to return to the airport, saying farewell to your tour guide and the country you’ve come to know and love over the past 10 days!
Overnight Location: None
10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour Itinerary
This guided tour of South Korea is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the number of participants. The minimum group size is 3 people.
The best time to travel to South Korea is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September and October). The winters can be cold and summers bring monsoon rains. If you travel in April or May, you could be treated to cherry blossom blooms.
Private Guided 10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
- Guided groups of 3: $4,790 USD
- Guided groups of 4: $3,875 USD
- Guided groups of 5-7: $3,425 USD
- Guided groups of 8+: $2,525 USD
Accommodation on the 10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour
This tour is based in 3-star and 4-star hotels. The hotels offer pleasant private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and basic amenities.
In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $771 USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Single traveller supplements do not apply as the minimum group size is 3 people.
Hotels on Standard Tour
3-star and 4-star hotels in South Korea
The accommodation on this tour will range from 3-star to 4-star hotels in a variety of locations as you travel across different provinces and regions of South Korea.
What’s included in the 10-Day Seoul to Seoraksan Hiking Tour?
9 breakfasts are included.
Accommodations for 9 nights are included.
Transportation during the Tour
All transportation during the tour is included on a private vehicle basis, including airport transfers and all necessary luggage transfers between accommodations during the tour.
- English-speaking guide
- All entrance fees to excursions mentioned in the itinerary
- Flights to and from South Korea
- Visas if required
- Travel insurance
- Tourist taxes if applicable
- Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
- Fees not mentioned as included
- Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
- Single room supplements
- Any additional nights before or after the tour
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