Te Kou Ascent North Side

HARD 2 reviews

Te Kou Ascent North Side is a 8.0 kilometer out and back trail located near Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
559 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

views

over grown

hiking
9 hours ago

Very strenuous hike up . Works out your legs and arms as you use the ropes. Amazing views are your reward. Make sure you head across the crater When you reach the top to view the eastern side of the island

5 days ago

Hard trek up. Probably the hardest on the island. Good from beautiful forest walk with a couple of stream crossings to an almost entirely vertical ascent with ropes very quickly into the hike. Over half of the hike is roped.
Finding the start is easy. Take the happy valley road until the pavement stops then just use a bit of common sense on getting to the start. There is a way that 'feels right' and it doesn't take more than 5 minutes.
Two tricky little spots to watch for to make sure you're on the path. There are 3 stream crossings, but the path seemingly leads to a fourth that is a dead end. If you find yourself at the fourth, head back on the path about two meters and look up the mountain to find the first rope of the hike. Then when nearing the summit, one of the ropes will take to past the next rope to an overgrown area. Be on the lookout for the rope on your left. Amazing summit. Very, very slippery when even the slightest bit wet.
Quite edgy at some points.