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!

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Hallasan Guesthouse where I stayed for a night. Recommended for backpackers. $25/day.
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Trail to the Hallasan begins
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First Shelter(Sok-Baht Daepiso) where you could take some rest
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On the way to the 2nd shelter
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2nd Shelter where you can buy water, chocolate bars or a ramen. You should visit toilet here before you reach the peak. No toilets at the peak.
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Hallasan covered with clouds just before it clears
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Stairs to the top. Before reaching the peak, most of the trails are not paved at all.
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Cloudy peak seen from the stairs
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I reached at this point at around 9:40 AM
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Signpost told me that I was 1km away from the peak. Signposts could be seen often.
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Time for the rocky stairs
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You’ll hate the stairs when you reach here
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Almost at the top!
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I was glad to see the guidepost here
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People waiting to see the lake
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I once again realized that I was at the top of the mountain!
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Written, Baekrokdam(백록담-Crater lake) in Chinese
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Clouds surrounded the lake
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Waiting for the cloud to clear
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Now it’s time to see the crater lake
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Ta-da! the lake could be seen
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When the sun shines, the lake looks like this
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I took a photo of myself and this will be the profile photo of me
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Crows were watching me when I looked around
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View of the Halla Mt on my way down
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View of the Halla mountain
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People were having hard time climbing the mountain in the afternoon due to the hot weather. I started climbing at 6:30, which was a wise move.
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Stairs to the entrance
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More stairs… and stairs
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A stream could be seen
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Took a picture of the Seongpanak Entrance, just before leaving
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You’ll be given a certificate for $1 when you climb down. Make sure to take a photo of you at the peak to prove that you’ve reached the peak!

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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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22 comments

  1. Hi, is the trail safe for a girl to hike on her own? Is it mostly crowded along the trail?
    Also, if we are visiting in late May, would that not be a good time to see the lake – as it’ll be pretty warm during that period and you mentioned it won’t be easy to see crater lake on a sunny day?
    Thanks so much!

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    1. Hello J, I’ve seen countless girls climbing up the mountain by themselves. Just remember to wear hiking shoes to be safe. Also be careful not to injure your ankles. If you climb the Mt.Halla after the rainy day, you might have a chance to see the lake. Enjoy your trip! 🙂

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  2. Hi J, saw your comment and just wanted to say that I hiked on my own (I’m a girl, non-Korean) about 3 years ago and it was very safe. Just make sure you wear hiking shoes (those with thicker soles) as normal sneakers or running shoes won’t be able to withstand the volcanic rocks (your feet would be really sore after if you wore those and the shoes might break). I went up via Gwaneumsa and went down via Seongpanak, highly recommended! Enjoy!

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  3. Hi.. would like to know if there is need for a guide (mandatory?) or we can just go with the flow among other hikers?
    Is there a fee for the hike?

    Thank you so much in advance.
    More adventures to come 🙂

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  4. Your information has been helping me to describe the setting of my novel 🙂 if only you could make similar posts of Seoul or Busan.

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  5. Hi…How early should I be at the Seongpanak trailhead to finish the whole hike before the end of the day?
    Im planning to stay in Seogwipo area worried about the transportation to the trailhead.
    Thanks in advance

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  6. Hi There,

    I’m looking forward to visit Jeju next year (Jan) 2017.

    Grateful for your advice if it is possible to climb Mt Hallasan during winter.

    Planning to visit most of the places via intercity bus, is the bus now reliable & convenient?

    Look forward to hear from you.

    Regards,
    BujangSenang

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  7. hi….its possible for me to get the certificate if I climb from gwaneunsa trail and down through seongpanak trail? I’m planning climbing early June.

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