Mt Seorak, located in UNESCO-listed Seoraksan National Park, is perhaps Korea’s most popular mountain destination. Forested granite peaks and flowing streams fill the 154-square-mile (398-sq-km) designated Biosphere Reserve, home to more than 2,000 animal species and 1,400 rare plant species.
After hotel pickup in the morning, your guide transfers your small group to a shuttle bus stop in downtown Seoul and accompanies you along the 3.5-hour drive to Hanwha Resort. From here, a local taxi service delivers you to your destination at Mt Seorak.
On arrival, your guide recommends a well-maintained hiking path suited to your ability, selected among a dozen possible routes. Embark with your guide on an hour-long trek and keep a lookout for musk deer and local landmarks such as the 33-foot-high (10-meter) bronze Buddha statue at Shinheungsa Temple.
You have the option to continue on a longer hike or ride the Seorak Cable Car, which provides views of Ulsanbawi Rock and the East Sea (cable car depends on availability; own expense).
Afterward, you’re taken to a local restaurant for a Korean lunch of assorted mountain vegetables and meat with rice.
Upon reaching Sokcho, a small town located below Mt Seorak, you’re accompanied on a local express bus back to Seoul, ending your 12-hour day with drop-off at your hotel.
Please note: A minimum of three adults per booking is required.