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Te Kou Ascent North Side is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,833 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest Views Wildlife Over grown
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Reviews (6)
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Recordings (2)
Completed (8)
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Simon Ruru
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WalkingOver grown

The trial is over grown and we followed the advice of others regarding using GPS. Take water and electrolytes to have at the summit. There are a lot of spiders, but they aren't poisonous so they can be moved aside easily. Watch out for paper wasp nests that have fallen onto the ground, I got stung at the start of the trial. Take your time and make sure someone knows where you are because there is only cellular coverage near the summit. Don't over estimate your ability and take this on because no one is going to just happen upon you to help out, it's use is few and far between based on the condition of the trial.

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Ziggy Wegner
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Amazing and hard one, hardest one I've done! Apparently locals do not share this one with tourists! it's really overgrown and not marked well, definitely recommend taking gps tracking device with the route loaded in. it's about 20 ropes total and last 45 minutes is basically climbing 13 of them. if you're inexperienced hiker then I recommend doing the Needle first including rock climbing with chains and ropes and if the was easy enough for you then do this one and you won't regret it! ropes are getting harder and harder so you can just bail any time if you feel it's too much. we have done it in June and there were no mosquitoes or any other wild animals.

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John Española
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Great hike. Last 45min-1hr up the summit was all ropes. My only recommendation is when you reach the abandoned taro field, the trail will continue on your right side. The plants have covered the way a bit so it might be hard to find. Other than that, great hike with awesome tips from the previous comments.

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Rob Hooper
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Great walk! Pretty tough. A lot of ropes. Took us about 3 hours all up.

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Gerard Field
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Hiking

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

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Hal Gal
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First to Review

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.