EXPERIENCE

2-Day Course

Baekdu Daegan Course 1 (Jungnyeong ~ Yeonhwabong Peak ~ Birobong Peak ~ Gungmangbong Peak ~ Gochir [Sobaeksan]
  • Travel Time : 10 hours 35 minutes
  • Distance : 25.7 ㎞
At Yeonhwabong Peak, you will see Birobong Peak in the distance in the northeast direction. After the path for natural observation, there is a long downhill path. It is an area full of trees. Following a path of many gentle slopes, you will reach a spot where you are faced with a peak in the opposition direction in an abruptly opened space.
The end of the long stairs is First Yeonhwabong (1,394m high). Walk for a while and you will find a wooden deck and the dense forest starts to end gradually. Soon, you will be at a wide flat land, where the wind blows so strongly that trees can’t live. There, Birobong Peak beckons in the distance. After walking for a while, passing yew trees standing here and there, you will reach the Cheondong Junction. The staircase path to Birobong Peak is a longer course, but less rigorous than the course to First Yeonhwabong Peak. In winter, you will find yourself lighter, with the help of the wind pushing you from behind.
After reaching Birobong Peak, the summit of Sobaeksan Mountain, you walk along the path in the north and find a flat area, Eouigok Junction and then turn right in the direction of Gungmangbong Peak. Here, you should check in advance to see whether the course is open, as it is closed during some period every year for prevention of forest fire.
Passing Eouigok Junction and walking toward a forest, two steel stairways are waiting for you. Groups of royal azaleas are here and there on both sides of the path. Near the 01-20 Spot, you will find five rocks among trees on the right. Then, you are at the final slope leading to Gungmangbong Peak. Walking up the slope full of royal azaleas, you are at a junction. You make take either way, as the two ways meet again.
The final section of the path to Gungmangbong is a flat land and you will find Sangwolbong Peak on the right. Walking pass a rock standing in the way, Gungmangbong comes in to view. Gungmangbong (1,420m high) offers an open view, with Birobong Peak standing in the distance in the southwesterly direction. Sangwolbong Peak stands in the northeasterly direction and Sinseonbong Peak (1,389m) in the northern direction. You can also see the entire town of Yeongju in the southern direction.
Sangwolbong Peak stands along with a towering figure of a penis-shaped rock at the end of a wide green area after Gungmangbong Peak. The path from Sangwolbong Peak to Gochiryeong Pass is a ridge different from that leading to Sangwolbong. It is a mountain path you can find everywhere. After Neujeunmaegijae Pass and Sinseonbong Junction, where there is a signpost “No Proceeding to the Direction of Guinsa Temple,” Yeonhwadong Junction, Madangchi and Hyeongjebong Junction, you will reach Gochiryeong Pass.

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