Mt. Insubong sits just north of Seoul and is a go-to for climbers visiting South Korea. All around this granite mountain are beautiful views, and I certainly recommend heading to Bukhansan National Park to climb Mt. Insubong!
How to climb Mt Insubong
Rising up to 810 m, this granite peak boasts more than 50 routes for all levels and is mainly slab and cracks with some face and chimney climbs thrown in.
Nicknamed the ‘Small Yosemite’, Mt Insubong ranges from 1 to 8 pitches and is recommended for more advanced climbers so, needless to say, you need to be fit and should opt for a reputable mountain guide who is knowledgable of the terrain.
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Adventures in Bukhansan National Park
Bukhansan National Park is home to many gorges, granite peaks with stunning streams making this an adventurers paradise. There are three major peaks, Baegundae 836.5m is the highest, followed by Insubong 810.5m, and Mangyeongdae 787m.
The park boasts over 3,000 species of plants and animals, numerous historic relics, and Buddhist temples. Even if you are not a climber, it’s 100% worth hiking the trails in this area. From each entry point, there are several trails to choose from, all marked along the way.
Bukhansan National Park is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Visited National Park per unit area” and bearing in mind it is easy to reach from Seoul, it is recommended to go midweek if possible to avoid the crowds.
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How to reach Bukhansan National Park
Bukhansan National Park has several park entrances and is easily accessible by public transport from anywhere within the city of Seoul. The journey times are approximately 1.5 hrs taxi or bus ride, plus a 45m hiking approach to the crag if you are going to climb Mt Insubong.