Climb Mount Halla

Standing tall at 1,947 metres Mount Halla or Hallasan is South Korea's highest mountain. Located in the centre of Jeju island and surrounded by the scenic Hallasan National Park, the mountain has long been popular with hikers of all ability. The great views and opportunities to spot wildlife provide a natural escape from the frenetic hustle and bustle of South Korea’s cities.

There are a range of hiking trails suitable for all fitness levels ranging from 3.7km to 9.6km (one way) in distance, but only two trails finish with views of the crater lip at the mountain’s summit. Taking around 8-10 hours to complete only experienced hikers with a good level of fitness should try and undertake these trails. The Gwaneumsa Trail (8.7km one way) is considered to have the best views but involves some steep inclines and lacks a rest station while the Seongpanak Trail is the easier of the two and includes rest facilities on the trail.

The best way to get to the hiking trails is by taxi from Jeju City a journey time of around 25 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, the services of a specialist driver-guide can be arranged to accompany you on your day’s hike.

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