N.Korea Allows Trekking on Symbolic Mountain

      August 21, 2018 13:35

      North Korea has allowed foreign tourists to go off-road trekking and camping on the symbolically charged Mt. Baekdu for the first time.

      Roger Shepherd became the first foreign national to climb the whole of the Baekdudaegan mountain range in South and North Korea, as he guided tourists from Australia and Norway, hiking in the highest mountain on the Korean Peninsula last week.

      Foreign tourists take pictures at the top of Mt. Baekdu in North Korea on Saturday. /AP-Yonhap

      They went up to Heaven Lake on the first day of their six-day trip, and set up with tents in the plateau area.

      AP reported Monday that Shepherd persuaded North Korean authorities to give permission. The North seems to have complied because it is desperate for hard currency.

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