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First Designated & Largest National Park in Korea

Jongju(Traversing) Course : Best Hiking Route in Jirisan

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Jirisan National Park

Jongju(Traversing) Course from West Peak to East Peak


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Designated as the first national park in 1967, jirisan spreads across1 city and 4 counties in three-provinces – Hadong, Hamyang, Sancheong of Gyeongnam province, Gurye of jeonnam province, and Namwon of jeonbuk , The total area of jirisan National park is 471.758㎢, which makes it the largest mountainous national park in Korea. The name of Jirisan means “the mountain of the odd and wise people.” Perhaps due to this name, many hermits sought for truth, and devoted themselves at jirisan. Since the ancient times, together with Geumgangsan and hallasan, Jirisan has been known as one of the three legendary mountains in Korea, and a hallowed ground of the nation’s faith. The circumference of jirisan is over 320km, and numerous peaks are spread out like a folding screen in the center of Cheonwangbong(1,915m), Banyabong(1,732m), and nogodan(1,507m) peaks. Many valleys are situated over 20 ridges. Jirisan is the cause for the cultural differences and varieties between regions to its east and west. it is not easy to express the attraction of Jirisan with words because it is more than just being big, deep, and wide.

With 4,989 flora and fauna inhabiting it’s grounds. Jirisan is a treasure chest of nature. Various vegetation from warm-temperate forests and temperate central forests to cold forests populate jirisan. Natural treasures such as the Higan cherry tree at Hwaeomsa(Temple) and the Waun Cheonyeongsong(Millennium Pine Tree) are in Jirisan. Which is also native to Hares, Roes, Elks, Wildcats, and other mammals in its hills.



  • Longest Mountain Trail in Korea

  • The best hiking course of Jirisan

  • If You are a Korean mountaineer, must go at least once in a lifetime

  • Can see the most beautiful scenery in South Korea

  • Can try limit as a Hiker

What You Can Expect

The best hiking course of Jirisan is the traversing course. 
The course, which stretches for 25.5km from West side of Jiri Nogodan & Banyabong to East of Jiri Cheongwangbong Peak, usually takes 3 days and 2 nights to cover.


The usual 'traversing course' refers to the course running from Hwaeomsa Temple to Nogodan Peak, Yeonhacheon Shelter, Byeoksoryeong Shelter, Jangteomok Shelter, and Cheonwangbong Peak, while the course runs down in the direction of Dawonsa Temple. It takes 46Km for 4days 3 nights. 

However, most visitors prefer to take the hiking course from Seongsamjae Pass to Nogodan Peak, from where they pass over Cheonwangbong Peak and climb down to Jungsan-ri.


Over a period of 3 days 2 nights, visitors can spend one night at Yeonhacheon Shelter or Byeoksoryeong Shelter, and two nights at Jangteokmok Shelter, after Hiker can watch the sunrise at Cheonwangbong Peak before climbing down the mountain. 

Hikers are advised to carry emergency food, lanterns, extra clothing, drinking water, and a first aid kit. They should also wear mountaineering clothes and shoes. Traveling past Nogodan Shelter and following the ridgeline leading to Nogodan Peak (1507m), visitors will hike to the highest peak of Jirisan, Cheonwangbong Peak (1915m) after passing over so many high peak, with spectacular beautiful view of Jiri 


The weather at Cheonwangbong Peak is so changeable that it is very difficult to see sunrise there. Hikers can climb down from Cheonwangbong Peak via Jungsanni (5.4Km) or Daewonsa Temple (13.7Km). 

A lot of preparation is required to prevent accidents when opting for the traversing course. 


Note : Travel and trekking insurance is not included in the tour. Outdoors Korea will not accept responsibility if the participant has health issues or disabilities which were not disclosed  at the time of booking.  Outdoors Korea also has the right to reject bookings if a participant is found to be unfit to trek  . 

Cancellation Policy

  If you cancel at least 15 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 7 and 14 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 6 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Travel period : 3 or 4 days tour

Elevation : 1,905m

Walking Distance : 25.5Km, 46Km


Tour Cost for 3 days

For 1 person: 1,300USD

For 2 person: 1,800USD($900 Each)

For 3 person: 2,100USD($700 Each)

For 4 person: 2,400USD($600 Each)

For 5 or more: US$ 500 Each

Tour Cost for 4 days

For 1 person: 1,800USD

For 2 person: 2,400USD($1,200Each)

For 3 person: 3,000USD($1,000Each)

For 4 person: 3,400USD($850 Each)

For 5 or more: US$ 750 Each

Approximate tour schedule

1st day- Nogodan & Banyabong Peak

  Accommodate in Nogodan Shelter or    Yeonhacheon Shelter

2nd day - Yeongsin & Chotdaebong

  Accommodate in Seseok Shelter or      Jangteomok Shelter 

3rd day - Cheonwangbong Summit 

  **If you hike a long course 46km,**

  Accommodate in Chibatmog Shelter

4th day - Daewonsa Buddhist Temple



  • Entrance fees

  • Meals(Carry and Cook together)

  • Accommodation

  • Vehicle Service(Can use Bus and Taxi)

  • Fluent English-speaking Mountain expert



  • Personal Snack and Water

  • Porter and Cook

  • Hiking Gear

  • Gratuities (recommended)


Additional info

  • Confirmation will be sent after booking

  • Minimum age is 12 years

  • ​Please Wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes

  • Prepare Wet and Warm Gear

  • Must have head lantern and Crampon(From Dec to Mar)

Departure point :

Depart from Customer's Hotel

(Seoul and Near Seoul)

Return details :

Return to Customer's Hotel

(Seoul and Near Seoul)

Departure time :

7AM to 8AM

(Depend on Customer's Hotel location)

Ask us anything you want to know

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