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Hello All,


In Korea the Taebaek Snow Festival is a big winter event that everyone either knows about or goes to. It’s because the Taebaek Mountain Range is best known for its snow hike trails. And because they have so much snow Taebaek puts on quite a snow festival with giant snow sculptures and a thrilling tube slide area and a ice slide using ice blocks. We will depart Friday night so we can avoid traffic and start the hike before sunrise. You can choose between two groups. The Hike Group and the Non-Hike Group.



TAEBAEK SNOW FESTIVAL


Taebaek Snow Festival is one of the most famous winter festivals in Korea. The giant snow sculptures are their biggest attraction along with a range of other winter-themed artwork, both local and from other countries. Besides the snow sculpture exhibition, they also host a lot of other points of amusement such as snow tunnel, tube sledding, ice slides. They even have a guy who owns huskies for dog sled ride. 



TAEBAEK SNOW HIKE


Taebaek Mountain snow hiking is famous in Korea. It is on the top of the 5 best snow hike mountains in Korea. We will start the hike early (in the dark in the beginning with headlamps) to avoid the crowd. We should be able to catch the sunrise at the peak and then hike down the other side to end up at the Festival! 


The hike up to the peak is about 2 to 2.5 hours. 



SNOW HIKING GEAR


Strap-on-spikes (also called crampons) are required. Gaitors are also recommended just in case you step into knee high deep soft snow. Gaitors will keep snow out of the sides of your shoes to keep your shoes dry. See below for links to crampons and gaitors available online. Take multiple layers so when you are at the top and want to take rest you are warm. We will form groups of similar hike speeds. It is important to hike together in case one needs help.



JJIMJILBANG NO HIKE OPTION 


If you prefer not to hike we can drop you off at the jjimjilbang which is near the entrance to the festival. You can get some rest then meet up in the morning to get some breakfast and then head over to the festival.






SCHEDULE A (HIKE GROUP)



1/13 (Fri)


10:00PM Suwon Pick-up Possible


11:30PM Depart Seoul Nat. Univ. of Education Exit #14


11:45PM Jukjeon Bus Stop Pick-up



1/14 (Sat)


1:00AM Wonju Pick-up Possible


2:30AM Arrive Taebaeksan


Rest in Bus or Check In Jjimjilbang


5:00AM Start Hiking


7:34AM Sunrise


10:30AM Finish Hike


12:30PM Meet to go for Lunch


2:30PM Depart Festival


5:00PM Wonju Drop-off Possible


6:45PM Arrive Seoul




SCHEDULE B (NON HIKE GROUP)



1/13 (Fri)


10:00PM Suwon Pick-up Possible


11:30PM Depart Seoul Nat. Univ. of Education Exit #14


11:45PM Jukjeon Bus Stop Pick-up



1/14 (Sat)


1:00AM Wonju Pick-up Possible


2:30AM Arrive Taebaeksan


Check In To Jjimjilbang


8:30AM Meet to go for Breakfast


9:30AM Enter Festival


12:30PM Meet to go for Lunch


3:00PM Depart Festival


5:00PM Wonju Drop-off Possible


7:00PM Arrive Seoul



*Arrival and departure times may vary and will depend on traffic conditions.






COST


The "basic cost" to join this event is 34,000 KRW if deposit is made on or before 12/14 and includes:


1. Private Chartered Bus 


2. Entry to Taebaeksan


3. Breakfast Muffins


4. Trip Leaders



Starting 12/15 and on or before 12/21 the Basic Cost of trip is 39,000 KRW


Starting 12/22 and on or before 1/4 the Basic Cost of trip is 42,000 KRW


After 1/4, the cost of this trip is 45,000 KRW.



GROUP DISCOUNT


4,000 KRW off for each person of a group of 5 to 9.


7,000 KRW off to each person of a group of 10 or more.


*TO APPLY: The group leader must email all names that will receive the discount from which point all deposits from those on that list must be received within 24 hours.*



FREQUENT TRAVELER DISCOUNT


3,000 KRW off for having attended 1 or 2 trips.


5,000 KRW off for having attended 3 or 4 trips.


7,000 KRW off for having attended 5 to 9 trips.


10,000 KRW off for having attended 10 or more trips.


**TO APPLY: List all of the trips you have been on in your confirmation email after making your deposit.**



Please email us for all question to: wheninkorea@gmail.com










SIGN UP PROCEDURE



(1) Send all inquiries to: WHENINKOREA@GMAIL.COM and be sure to check event page postings for any changes and updates before the trip. Trip Leader Contact Numbers will be posted day before the trip begins. Email response hours are 10AM to 6PM Mon-Fri.



(2) Deposit to:


Woori Bank 우리은행


1002-544-603-817


Cho, William (조윌리엄)


BANK CODE: 20



OR



PAYPAL: wheninkorea@gmail.com


Paypal amount will be the amount in won divided by 1,100. So as an example if it says 110,000 won then its $100 USD for paypal amount. USD only please.



(3) Send the following confirmation form to wheninkorea@gmail.com after making your deposit.



GENDER: 


NAME (First Name Last Name):


MIDDLE NAME (if you have it for your bank account)


TRIP NAME:


TRIP DEPARTURE DATE:


DEPOSIT AMOUNT:


DEPOSIT DATE:


DEPOSIT TIME:


CELL PHONE #:


WHERE WILL YOU MEET US?:


WHAT TIME?:


WHERE ARE YOU COMING FROM (which town or neighborhood will you go back to?):


HIKE OR NON HIKE?: 


WHICH OPTIONS/EXCEPTIONS IF ANY?: 


WHICH TRIPS DID YOU ATTEND BEFORE?: 


We need the above information for each person of a group if you are a group with any rooming requests. If you are part of a group please identify the group leader or contact person.



(4) TRAVEL INSURANCE


You can buy travel insurance online. Here is an example of one of the many sites where you can buy insurance online: 


http://www.worldnomad...


We do not provide travel insurance. It is not required to have insurance to join the trip but highly recommend to get one in case. Please keep in mind the Liability Disclaimer below. We are not liable in anyway during or after the trip.



(5) LIABILITY DISCLAIMER:


THIS TRAVEL GROUP IS NOT LIABLE IN ANYWAY DURING OR AFTER YOUR TRIP.


Please be careful and be mindful of safety. You are responsible for your own safety. You have the right to not do anything that you believe is too dangerous. None of the activities will be forced on you against your own will.



(6) REFUND / CREDIT POLICY:


Time of Deposit to 7 Days before Departure Time = 5,000 won Cancellation Charge per person.


7 Days to 72 hours before Departure Time = 30,000 won Cancellation Charge per person.


72 hours to 24 hours before Departure Time = 50,000 won Cancellation Charge per person.


24 Hours before Departure Time to Not Attend = 10,000 won non-transferable credit for future trip.


Please provide account # by email to WHENINKOREA@GMAIL.COM in order to receive the remaining amount as refund or keep that amount as credit for your next trip.



Liability Disclaimer: 


THIS TRAVEL GROUP IS NOT LIABLE IN ANYWAY DURING OR AFTER YOUR TRIP.


Please be careful and be mindful of safety. You are responsible for your own safety. You have the right to not do anything that you believe is too dangerous. None of the activities will be forced on you against your own will.



List of all upcoming trips at:


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M-F 10AM to 6PM


Emails after 6PM on Friday will be replied by Noon on Monday if not sooner.

Seoul - Korea (South)

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