North Korea is probably the most mysterious country in the world today and one almost entirely untouched by tourism.
The capital, Pyongyang, has a few sites worth visiting and Paekdusan is considered one of the most stunning sights in North Korea.
Now on its third hereditary ruler, this nominally communist state survived a quarter of a century since the collapse of the Soviet empire.
A trip to North Korea is strictly on its government’s terms, and it’s essential to accept that you’ll have no independence during your trip – you’ll be accompanied by two government-approved local guides at all times. Those who can accept these terms will have a fascinating trip into another rather unsettling world.