I was in Jeju for a couple of days so I dedicated a whole day for a hike to Hallasan. I’m recounting my Hallasan hike, with tips included for my hiker friends who might one day find themselves in Hallasan too
🕒5 am • woke up to get ready
🕒6 am • left my pension in Yeondae Village to make sure to get to Gwaneumsa trail entrance by 9. It’s not that far, it’s just that buses have longer intervals early in the morning.
✳️Be sure to check how to go to Gwaneumsa and how long. (Naver map is more reliable than Google maps.)
✳️You gotta make sure you get to Gwaneumsa by 9, but earlier the better if you don’t want to rush the hike. There’s a cut-off of 12:30 (autumn cutoff; varies by season) at Samgakbong Shelter (2.7km to the summit). After that, hikers cannot proceed to the summit anymore.
Also, you have to get to the summit before 2 pm (autumn cutoff). No one is allowed at the summit after this time.
✳️Prepare lots of water and food. In my case, I bought 1L water, a pack of bread, and ✨kimbap✨ and it was enough for me. There’s a restaurant across the road from the Gwaneumsa entrance, that’s where I bought my food.
✳️Wear proper and sufficient attire. I’d say my attire was proper enough lol but my shoes was not really for hiking ( #packlight
principle, I only brought/wore 1 pair of shoes) but that’s okay cos again the trails are not that cruel. Also, my jacket was a little too thin for the mountain weather so I was really freezing come evening.
🕒8:30 am • started the hike
It’s cool cos there are signages that tell you the level of difficulty of the trail and how far you are til the next checkpoint.
🕒12 pm • reached Samgakbong Shelter (3rd pic), 15-min rest. You could eat lunch here but I decided to eat my lunch (kimbap) at the summit.