Climbing the Halla Mountain is no easy task. Located at the center of the Jeju Island, Hallasan(Halla Mountain) is 1950 meter-high mountain, the highest in South Korea. If you climb the mountain, you will definitely realize that Jeju Island is an island made out of basalt rocks indeed. Paths to the peak are filled with rocks, rocks and more rocks, so be sure wear hiking or trekking shoes before you climb the Halla Mountain. One can choose between Gwaneumsa(관음사)-8.7 km and Seongpanak(성판악) Trail-9.6 km to reach the summit, as Eorimok Trail (어리목) – 4.7 km, Yeongsil Trail (영실) – 3.7 km, Donnaeko Trail (돈내코) – 9.1 km will only take you to halfway up the mountain. Weather condition matters to see the lake at the mountain top, as it can only be seen after the rain. To experience just a bit of Hallasan, visit Yeongsil Trail. Otherwise, choose the Seongpanak to reach the top!
Overall, It took me 9 hours to climb up and down the Halla Mountain. I was exhausted after the climbing, but it was worth the visit as I could see the crater lake which cannot be seen easily on a sunny day. After the rain comes the crater lake, so Mountain climbers, come visit the Halla Mountain when it clears after the rain!
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