An Invitation to a Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure from Richard Bangs and MTS

In September of 2012, Mountain Travel Sobek guests will have a unique opportunity—the chance to join MTS co-founder and explorer extraordinaire Richard Bangs on perhaps the most momentous trip in our 43 year history: the first adventure tour of North Korea! With a special permit, MTS has been awarded exclusive space for 24 friends to participate in this historic passage. Conducted in cooperation with Richard’s long-time friend C. J. Wheeler, who is one of the few who has led trips to North Korea before, it promises to be a rare glimpse into another world!

Our journey begins in Beijing on September 21, when we’ll fly to Pyongyang, the secretive capital of this isolated nation. Once in Pyongyang we’ll travel by private charter to Mount Baekdu, a stunning volcano near the Chinese border that few westerners have seen. And that’s just the start! The itinerary also includes the following:

  • Samjiyon Grand Monument, with its centerpiece giant bronze statue of Kim Il Sung overlooking Lake Samji
  • Mount Chilbo—one of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s most remote and scenic areas
  • Kaesim Buddhist Temple, built in 826
  • Chongjin, North Korea’s second-largest city. Seen by only a handful of Westerners, here we will visit museums, stores, and a special school where the children will put on a special performance for us
  • Kaesong, an ancient city and capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) from which Korea takes its name. The area is riddled with historic temples and monuments, and we visit the best preserved—the beautiful twin-domed Tomb of King Kongmin and his Mongol princess wife, Queen Noguk

And of course we’ll visit the infamous DMZ (De-militarized Zone), and back in Pyongyang we’ll visit the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung—known as the Kumsusan Memorial Palace—followed by the Moranbong Park, Pyongyang Metro, Monument to Party Foundation, Mangyongdae Native House, the Grand People’s Study House, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, War Victory Monuments, and the Paradise Department Store.

For our grand finale we’ll witness the Arirang Mass Games at May Day Stadium. The London Guardian calls the Mass Games “the greatest, strangest, most awe-inspiring political spectacle on earth.” 100,000 performers in every color of the rainbow move in perfectly choreographed unison. The Guinness Book of World Records says there is nothing like it in the entire world.

At the end of our adventure in North Korea, we’ll fly back to Beijing to connect with our homeward-bound flights.

Land cost for this very special trip is $8,995. A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space.

I hope you can join me on this incredible journey, September 21–29, 2012. Space is limited, though, and spots are sure to go fast, so plan to join me now so you don’t miss this very unique opportunity.



For more information or to book your trip please contact:

Narendra Gurung
Director of Asia Programs