Mount Changbaishan is an active volcano on the border between North Korea and China. At a little over 9,000 ft. tall, it is the highest mountain of the Changbai range.
Known as Paektusan in North Korea, the mountain is often referred to during early propaganda songs and stories about its leaders and the founding of the nation. The mountain is also prominent in early South Korean lore and attracts plenty of tourist hikers every year.
Heaven Lake at the top of the mountain is an incredible site, and the waters from it helps feed important lakes and rivers in the valleys below, sometimes cascading down the mountain face as beautiful waterfalls.
Both the Chinese and Korean names for the mountain translate to something meaning snowcapped. Hikers will notice the snow capped peaks of the mountain nearly year round, and will need to dress in layers no matter the time of year.