Eventhough the winter of 2018-2019 was not very cold, it was somehow unpleasant. Maybe because days were short and trees were naked without leaves. No flowers were blooming during this time. But suddenly in March I could notice the first signs of spring…
It begann with the magnolia tree I saw in the Yonsei University’s campus. It was full with those little white buds, but not yet opened.
Some days later, I couldn’t remember anything else than the golden hedges over Seoul. They were colored beautifully by the yellow blooming fosythia.
After the first cold and windy hike on the first day, we could luckily rest and sleep well at Yeonhacheon Shelter. The plan for today was only to reach Jangtomok Shelter, which is approximately 13km away. However, we thought, if we‘d reach the Jangtomok Shelter as early as Yeonhacheon, we should then hike to Cheonwangbong Peak.
Well… why not! That means: starting from Yeonhacheon Shelter → Byeoksoreong Shelter → Seseok Shelter → Jangtomeok Shelter – ~13km, then from Jangtomok Shelter → Cheonwangbong Spitze → Jangtomok Shelter – ~3,5km on the same day.
Our 2nd hiking day on Jirisan – full with Sunshine and Highlights
We woke up at 6 am in the dawn after a long rest. It was still cold. We prepared our “Gourmet breakfast” with rice and porridge, made some coffee, filled the water balloon and thermos, then hit the road with the first sunshine.
지리산 – Jirisan National Park is designated as the first and the largest National Park of South Korea. Located in the south, it spreads across three provinces – South-Gyeongsang (Gyeongsangnam-do), North-Jeolla (Jeollabuk-do) and South-Jeolla (Jeollanam-do). Many Korean and international visitors come to Jirisan to enjoy its wonderful sceneries, walk on the stunning hikes through a lot of valleys and mountains, as well as to reach the highest peak in Korea mainland – the Cheonwangbong (1915m).
I was there on Jirisan with my friends from Germany – Kerstin and Sven. After spending 3-day-2-night there, we‘ve not only seen the beautiful landscape of Korea, but also experienced the friendliness and warm hearts of the Korean people. What an unforgettable hiking tour!
Our plan for Jirisan
Kerstin and Sven came from Germany to Korea for the first time to visit me. We were climbing mates back then in Germany and all love mountains. That’s why, my first thought of what to do with them was: Let’s plan a cool hike!
But where to? Jirisan, Seokraksan, Bukhansan? All supposed to be wonderful. But the highest one is on Jirisan! Go for it!
For the preparation, we‘ve found a lot of useful information online, such as on the blog of Juno Kim (2017) or Elicia und Thomas (2014). The blog entries described everything in detailed with amazing photos. Reading and looking at the pictures we just wanted to be there immediately!
Based on the information we found we decided to hike for 3 days and 2 nights on the „Jirisan Ridge Hike“, which is also named as “Jongju (Traversing) Course“ on the Korea National Park Homepage.