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In November 2012, YPT and Troy became the first westerner to cross the Tumen border in Namyang, into the extreme North-East of the DPRK. This will be the fourth YPT group to enter the country via Namyang and to undertake this route!

Our trip starts off either in Beijing or meeting us directly in Tumen to cross on foot over the bridge and into the DPRK, and Namyang, where your extreme DPRK experience starts with a bang. This can be considered the most intense border crossing in the country, with every piece of paper that you own, and all your electronics and bags being given the most thorough going over you are ever likely to receive in any border! It might sound scary, but the intensity makes it quite the experience.

We are then met by our extremely friendly guides and driven to Hyeryong, a city only just opened to western tourists, and hometown of not only the most beautiful women in the country (according to the Koreans), but also mother Kim Jong Suk, before heading on to the infamous Chongjin and the scenically beautiful Mt Chilbo, where we indulge in the only home-stay available in the country. This is an extremely unique and interesting experience, and your night spent drinking, eating and playing sports with the Korean family will undoubtedly be unforgettable.

We’ll then hit Hoeryong city and Onsong county, only opened to Westerners last year, highlights there include the Kim Ki Song middle school where you can talk to some students who may quite probably be meeting a foreigner for the first time as well as a great song and dance affair with the waitresses that evening. Onsong is the location of the Wangjaesan Grand monument, one of the most impressive in the country and a must see for any fan of such things.

We then finish the tour Yanji, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, an area with the largest Korean-Chinese population in China.


Monday 22th September
  • Morning
  • Meet at the City Central Hostel in Beijing at 11:00am in the 3rd floor bar area for a pre tour briefing.
  • Afternoon
  • Take the long sleeper train at 1:20pm for Tumen City.
  • During the journey your YPT guide will be happy to answer any DPRK based questions you might have and use his Chinese ability to keep you stocked up with beer and food for the journey.
Tuesday 23th September
  • Afternoon
  • Arrival in Tumen at 2.30pm
  • Check into hotel situated within walking distance of the border
  • Chance to hangout by the river to have dinner and look over the border in the DPRK, this is also a great place to buy local souvenirs.
  • Overnight in Tumen
Wednesday 24th September
  • Morning
  • Breakfast at a local restaurant in Tumen.
  • Up early to drive to the border to go through some very relaxed but also extremely curious Chinese customs.
  • Walk the bridge into the DPRK to meet you local guides and some friendly but amazingly thorough DPRK customs officials.
  • Drive to Hyeryong city (2 hours)- Population 140,000, This city is famous for White Apricots, Ceramics and beautiful girls! It’s also the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung’s revolutionary hero wife- Kim Jong Suk.
  • Lunch at the Hyeryong hotel.
  • Afternoon
  • Drive to Chongjin City (2 Hours)
  • Pay our respects to the statue of President Kim Il Sung in Chongjin City.
  • Visit the Electronic Library in Chongjin.
  • Visit the model for new construction of Chongjin city.
  • Check in at the Chongjin Hotel.
  • Dinner and drinks/bathing at the Chongjin seaman’s club.
  • Overnight at the Chongjin hotel.
Thursday 25th September Morning Breakfast at the Chongjin hotel
  • Drive to Mt Chilbo (2-2.5 hours)- We’ll also stop on the way to take a look at how progress is going on the 5 star hotel they are building between Orang and Kyongsong Counties at the seaside.
  • Arrive at the entrance to Mt Chilbo for an explanation of the area using the worlds largest mineral painting map as a guide.
  • Continue to Outer Chilbo Hotel for Lunch
  • Afternoon
  • Tour of Inner Chilbo’s scenic sites- this region is the most famous part of Chilbo and has lots of colorful stories to explain the various rock structures.
  • Visit the Kaesim Buddhist Temple
  • Overnight at the Outer Chilbo Hotel.
  Friday 26th September
  • Morning
  • Breakfast in the Outer Chilbo Hotel
  • Tour of the outer Chilbo hotel including hikes along the famous Tokgol and Gangsonmun areas.
  • Picnic lunch atop Gangsonmun, the highest point on Mt. Chilbo, while enjoying the fantastic view of the sea cliffs.
  • Afternoon
  • Drive to the Home stay Village in the Sea Chilbo area.
  • Take a tour of the village and hear an explanation about it.
  • Volleyball Match with the Home stay village residents.
  • Drinks and snacks with the Home stay Chief and his family.
  • Dinner at the Home stay Village.
  • Optional Korean wrestling tournament with the villagers.
  • Bonfire party on the beach with the villagers, singing songs and dancing.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Home stay Village (Japanese and US citizens must regrettably go back to the hotel at this point).
Saturday 27th September
  • Morning
  • Breakfast at the hotel/Home stay.
  • For home stay residents help the villagers with some light chores.
  • Sea Boating in the East sea (20 RMB extra)
  • Drive to Outer Chilbo area and Hike Manmulsang
  • Lunch in the Outer Chilbo Hotel.
  • Afternoon
  • Drive to Gyongsong
  • Yombun revolutionary site- On the way we’ll stop at this beautiful scenic site named after being on of the first places on the East Coast where villagers discovered a new way to get salt despite the East sea being almost tideless.
  • Gyongsong Revolutionary Museum
  • Enjoy a hot mineral bath at the local bathhouse in Gyonsong city (30 RMB extra).
  • Dinner and overnight at Gyongsong Hotel
Sunday 28th September
  • Morning
  • Breakfast at the Gyongsong Hotel
  • Jipsam Revolutionary Site and drive to Chongjin
  • North Hamgyong Province Exhibition Centre
  • Chongjin Kindergarten Performance.
  • Bus tour of Chongjin City and the outside of Chongjin Port
  • Shopping and Lunch at the Chongjin Seaman’s club where you can try some incredible Cold Noodles.
  • Afternoon
  • Susongchon Foodstuffs Factory
  • Drive to Hyeryong City.
  • Visit the statue of Mother Kim Jong Suk (Mother of General Kim Jong Il) and her revolutionary Museum.
  • Visit the Native home of Mother Kim Jong Suk
  • Check in and overnight at the Hyeryong Hotel.
  • Enjoy a song and dance performance with the waitresses, participation pretty much expected!
Monday 29th September
  • Morning
  • Breakfast in Hyeryong Hotel
  • Visit Kim Ki Song Middle School
  • Drive to Onsong (2 hours)
  • Lunch in the Wangjaesan Hotel
  • Afternoon
  • Visit Wangjaesan Grand Monument and Museum.
  • Cross the border from Namyang to Tumen
  • End of tour. YPT can offer an extension trip to the Borderlands of Korea and China or ongoing tickets to your final destination. Please get in touch for more details.
  Price inclusive of:
  • All guides
  • All entrance (unless specified in itinerary)
  • All transport
  • All meals
  • All DPRK Visas and permits
Price exclusive of:
  • Chinese visa
  • Getting to China
  • Personal expenditure
  • Dinner and breakfast in Tumen