North Korea allows tourists to climb rarely seen peak

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North Korea allows tourists to climb rarely seen peak

Sinead of Australia stands in the cool water of Lake Chon during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Sinead of Australia, left, and Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway walk past North Korean soldiers during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea, a huge volcano that straddles the border that separates China and North Korea.
Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea walks past North Korean soldiers while leading a hike on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway, center, gestures near Jo of Norway, left, and Paula of Australia, while resting on the banks of Lake Chon during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea. The mountain is a huge volcano that straddles the border of China and North Korea.
Paula of Australia takes a photo for North Koreans during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Paula, right, and Sinead, second from right, of Australia, react as their North Korean guide takes a break during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, top left, on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway walks past his tent as day breaks during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea. The mountain is a huge volcano that straddles the border of China and North Korea.
Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, in light green, center, walks near the camp site near Mount Paektu in North Korea. The mountain is a huge volcano that straddles the border of China and North Korea.
Jo of Norway gets his bottle bag filled up during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
A group of foreign hikers lead by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, third from left, visits a monument near Mount Paektu in North Korea. Shepherd, a New Zealander, is leading the first group of foreign tourists allowed to trek off road and camp out under the stars on Mount Paektu, a huge volcano that straddles the border that separates China and North Korea.
Sinead of Australia, center, and Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway, left, stand near North Korean guides during a hiking trip organized by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, which included a tour of a monument near Mount Paektu in North Korea.

North Korea allows tourists to climb rarely seen peak

Sinead of Australia stands in the cool water of Lake Chon during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Sinead of Australia, left, and Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway walk past North Korean soldiers during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea, a huge volcano that straddles the border that separates China and North Korea.
Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea walks past North Korean soldiers while leading a hike on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway, center, gestures near Jo of Norway, left, and Paula of Australia, while resting on the banks of Lake Chon during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea. The mountain is a huge volcano that straddles the border of China and North Korea.
Paula of Australia takes a photo for North Koreans during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Paula, right, and Sinead, second from right, of Australia, react as their North Korean guide takes a break during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, top left, on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway walks past his tent as day breaks during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea. The mountain is a huge volcano that straddles the border of China and North Korea.
Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, in light green, center, walks near the camp site near Mount Paektu in North Korea. The mountain is a huge volcano that straddles the border of China and North Korea.
Jo of Norway gets his bottle bag filled up during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea.
A group of foreign hikers lead by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, third from left, visits a monument near Mount Paektu in North Korea. Shepherd, a New Zealander, is leading the first group of foreign tourists allowed to trek off road and camp out under the stars on Mount Paektu, a huge volcano that straddles the border that separates China and North Korea.
Sinead of Australia, center, and Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway, left, stand near North Korean guides during a hiking trip organized by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, which included a tour of a monument near Mount Paektu in North Korea.

North Korea allows tourists to climb rarely seen peak

Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway, who is hiking with Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea, stands near a view of the caldera and Lake Chon on Mount Paektu in North Korea.

North Korea allows tourists to climb rarely seen peak

Sinead of Australia, right, chats with Paula of Australia, left, and Tarjei Naess Skrede of Norway during a hike arranged by Roger Shepherd of Hike Korea on Mount Paektu in North Korea, a huge volcano that straddles the border that separates China and North Korea.

North Korea allows tourists to climb rarely seen peak

Roger Shepherd, founder of Hike Korea, wears a North Korean hat he found while hiking down Mount Paektu in North Korea.
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