Krahun Tree Planting
Krahun is excited to invite visitors to the DPRK for a special service opportunity! In Spring 2014, Krahun organized the first ever tree planting service project in North Korea, offering visitors a rare opportunity to plant trees in the northeastern region of North Korea. We’re proud to say that our visitors planted 4000 trees then and thousands more the following year! This service trip is one of our most popular tours, and the only tour of its kind in North Korea. Come join us to provide a service that tangibly benefits the local environment for generations. We will partner with the local Forestry Bureau once again to offer visitors this unique experience.
Visitors will also have the option to ride bicycles to/from the hotel to Krahun Farm, our headquarters (near the tree planting site). Our visitors are the first foreigners given permission to ride bicycles along the beautiful, scenic 6-kilometer (one-way) ride along the coastline.
In addition to providing a valuable service, visitors will also tour Rason and enjoy the sights and sounds of the area: visit foreign-run companies and meet their presidents (exclusive for Krahun guests), visit the only open market in the country where foreigners can shop for local goods using the Korean won, tour the strategic ice-free Rajin Port, and more!
We are also offering an exciting 5-day Pyongyang Add-On Option! April 15, 2016 marks the 104rd birthday anniversary of the former leader Kim Il Sung and is one of the biggest holidays in the DPRK, making this the perfect time to visit the capital. Guests will have a chance to witness first-hand Pyongyang’s grand celebrations and festivities and even join the mass dances. In addition to the celebrations, guests will see many of Pyongyang’s famous monuments and explore other cities in the region such as Kaesong, Sariwon, and Hamhung.
Application Deadline: March 9, 2106
Off to North Korea!
Thursday to Saturday
Tree Planting Days
A Visit to Krahun
Final Farewell for Rason Only Guests
Optional Pyongyang Add-On
Rason to Pyongyang Via Domestic Flight
Exploring Mount Myohyang and Pyongyang
Visit to Kaesong and the DMZ
Birthday Celebration Day
Back to China
Some Things to Keep in Mind
Tours are guaranteed to run with a minimum of three people
Guest may also add a Chongjin-Mt. Chilbo leg to the Rason-only portion of this tour. Please contact us for more information.
Included in Tour Fee
Not Included in Tour Fee
Frequently Asked Questions
Why plant trees?
It’s part beautification, part long-term investment. The North Koreans plant trees every spring, and we want to join in on their efforts to help beautify the land and make a positive contribution for future generations. We believe this will be a positive, eye-opening experience for both Koreans and foreigners.
What kind of trees will I be planting?
We will be planting larch trees (a type of evergreen, similar to pine tree). The local Forestry Bureau will provide the tree saplings.
I’ve never planted trees before – what should I bring?
Officials from the Forestry Bureau will come teach the visitors how to plant trees properly. Krahun will provide the necessary tools and gloves. Bring comfortable shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Do I need to be physically fit?
While there is no quota to be met — meaning visitors can plant at their own pace — tree planting involves physical work. Visitors can expect a lot of digging, crouching, and walking up and down hills.
The optional bicycle ride to/from the hotel to Krahun Farm (which is near the tree planting site) is a beautiful ride and you will see other local Koreans and villages along the way. However, it is a challenging, hilly route and the road is a countryside dirt road. Everyone is welcome to try the ride, but there will be a van available for those who wish to enjoy the scenic ride from a more comfortable seat.