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Enjoy a cleansing day of hiking and nature on Seoul’s highest mountain, followed by a rejuvenating spa treatment at a traditional Korean spa. Depending on your group’s skill level, your guide leads you on a vigorous 2- or 3-hour hike on Mt Bukhan, where you walk by crystal-clear streams and granite peaks. Have lunch after your exhilarating trek, then soak away any sore muscles at the  'jjimjilbang' — an authentic Korean spa. A hot bath is followed by a full-body scrub, oil massage, face mask and shampoo by an expert practitioner.
  • Half-day hiking and Korean spa experience in Seoul
  • Trek past the granite peaks of Mt Bukhan to a mountain stream or Seunggasa Temple
  • Relax your muscles in a hot bath and cleanse your skin with a body scrub at a traditional Korean sauna
  • Receive the expertise of a local practitioner, including oil massage, cucumber facial and shampoo
  • Stop by an amethyst factory or a ginseng center to browse for great gifts with your guide
  • Lunch and round-trip hotel transport included
Your day starts with pickup at your Seoul hotel in the morning, followed by a scenic drive to Bukhansan National Park.
Learn from your guide about the region's granite mountatins, gorges and many Buddhist temples along the way, then experience the natural beauty firsthand during your hike on Bukhansan, or Mt Bukhan.
Your experienced guide chooses a route that is suitable for your group’s ability and preferences. Expect some challenging uphill sections with plenty of time for rest stops and photo ops. The 2-hour hike to Seunggasa Temple climbs approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters) in elevation. This popular trail is relatively easy for beginners. If you’d like more of a challenge, the 3-hour Bibong path follows a narrow trail with a mountain stream flowing on either side, climbing approximately 1,835 feet (560 meters).
Celebrate the completion of your hike with a delicious Korean lunch, then drive to the jjimjilbang (Korean spa) to relax and rejuvenate. Soak for about 20 minutes in a hot bath, then head over to the sauna for an hour-long treatment. Start the seshin, the name for this Korean cleansing, with a rub-down by a ddemiri or ‘scrub mistress,' who sloughs away layers of dead skin from your entire body using a thin, coarse towel. The exfoliation is followed by an oil massage, cucumber face mask and shampoo administered by your expert practitioner.
Nudity is the norm at this communal indoor bathhouse, separated by gender, and your guide waits outside after describing what to expect.
At the end of your spa treatment, settle back into your vehicle and make a brief stop at an amethyst factory or a ginseng center — two of Korea’s most famous goods — before drop-off at your hotel around 5pm.


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, Oct 2018

Just found this link. I don't remember ever getting an email to rate. I remember this trip fondly. This is an actual hike up the mountain. The large rocks are our stairs. It was strenuous for me. When I got to the Buddha Temple about three fourth way up, I opted to go to the temple instead of hiking up to the summit. The temple was quite a sight! I loved it. The best was yet to come after lunch! I LOVED the Korean style spa! They scrubbed off a layer of my dead skin. My had literally looked younger. Even my husband can tell the difference!

, Oct 2018

SAVE YOUR !! Disappointed that our hike destination was certainly not the one featured in the picture!! Hike was one of the shorter and easier routes that ended at the rock that looks like a hat. On the way to the rock, we passed on a lovely stream and a buddhist temple. Our guide was nice however, didn't bother informing us of any details, background, history, etc where we're going or where we're at. Most important, she didn't even check if we had all the proper necessities for the hike and not even offering water! She was on her phone most of the time while hiking ahead of us, not even bothering to look back if we're ok until we asked her to slow down and give us a helping had when necessary. It's more like just hiking with a friend, not a tour guide! Basically she just walked/hiked and led the way..that's it! She didn't even want to stop at the temple saying it's part of another tour but we insisted - how can we not?! Best to save and hike on your own.

As for the Korean style spa, it's just ok. I've been to several jijimbangs before so I know the drill. This spa only offers 20 minutes of scrub usually 40 mins, barely there cucumber mask left on for 5 minutes and 15 minutes for mud wraps not really a wrap - more like mud thrown from a bucket at you and DIY spread the mud all over your body. We added an hour massage extra which was so-so. The spa is very clean, first steam room is nicely hot but the other two for the mud wraps were not. Pools were warm enough. One wouldn't know any better if you're new to a Korean-style spa. This is a shadow of what it really is..short and very basic. We weren't even offered any kind of fruit, food or drink except water. Usually there's beverage and food for free available at these places.

It's not that bad if we didn't know any better kind of tour. Such a shame..

, Oct 2018

Super fun hike! It definitely raised my heart rate, but was worth the beauty at the top. The spa was a perfect way to end the day after the hike. I added on a massage and it was amazing. The guide was sweet, and oh lunch was delicious.

, Jul 2018

Great hike! The tour guide picked us on time at the hotel. From the beginning to the end of the hike was about 3 hrs included one stop at the temple. I wouldn't recommend this tour to children that is 10 yrs old and under. It was very hot and a lot of bugs/misquotes, so don't forget to bring misquotes sprays, sunblocks, a towel, and a least two bottles of water. Our tour guide didn't say much. Lunch was really good. We skipped the Ginseng part since we weren't into ginseng, which now I regretted that we passed on that part. We wanted to have more time at the massage place. I didn't know that the massage people dropping us off at the hotel otherwise I would have gone to the ginseng place. We paid extra hour for the massage and it was ok. And it was not cheap.

, Mar 2018

We hiked in the rain. Longer hike than what we expected. Good experience though. We enjoyed the lunch ...

, Mar 2018

We always schedule something active for our first day in a country it helps with jet lag and long-haul kinks. This was a great walk with a very pleasant and interesting guide - followed by one of the best lunches of our vacation.

, Nov 2017

This was an excellent hike! We enjoyed the representative that guided us. The spa experience was wonderful. . . Especially enjoyed the exfoliation and soaking in the warm water. Great rejuvenation after the hike.

, Nov 2017

Great experience! The guide Chance was awesome, the hike was manageable and is rewarded with a beautiful view from Mt. Bukhan. Highly recommend!

, Sep 2017

Loved the hike to Mt Bukhan, terrific guide who was very knowledgeable and entertaining!
We had a delicious lunch at the end of the hike - fabulous day!
Was not as keen with the Korean spa as it was inside a building - thought mistakenly that it would was not really my cup of time will try an all-day hike!

, Sep 2017

The hike was really good, our guide, chance, was really chatty which made the whole thing more interesting. The top of the mountain has quite a view. The only think i would chance about this tour would be the spa. After the lunch we were taken into this underground foreigner only spa. Included on the tour was body scrub and cucumber facial and sauna, but they will reccommend other more expensive stuff to do it actually amounted to 250 dollars. So i took it. It was a just a massage and face pack. The massage was really painful, and the face pack i didnt enjoy as i just my eyelashes done so i was worried about them breaking it. I wish i didnt take that extra course. Also, they talk in japanese to me. Also, i was naked the entire time in the spa and the staff were just there sitting chatting one was even brushing her teeth. I was walking in between their chairs naked while they were chatting. That ws very awkward for me. I wish they would take the talking
/meeting/gossiping outside. Also during massage, i was never able to relax as my masseur was talking with someone very loud the entire time. The staffs in the spa need to learn professionalism and customer service.

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