Rock climbing on Koh Tao is popular with both first-timers and experienced climbers looking to hone their skills on our rugged granite landscape. So escape into the jungle and check out the varied array of climbing routes, suitable for rock monkeys of all levels.
Mountain top viewpoints, ocean cliffs, isolated jungle rocks, and complex boulder gardens make for a good mix of easy and more complex climbing routes to try during your stay – and soak in some pretty amazing views at the same time! Rock climbing on Koh Tao offers a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the main village areas of Mae Haad, Sairee, and Chalok. You’ll find all of the island’s main climbing areas peaceful and full of nature.
Never climbed before? Introductory half-day sessions are available, as well as courses, guide services, and equipment rental.
Level up your hiking experience and discover rock climbing on Koh Tao at the same time! Introductory sessions involve minimal theory – it’s all about getting out there on the rocks and having a go! During a typical half-day ‘Try Rock Climbing’ experience, your instructor will take you up to one of the easy climbing areas and introduce you to the basics of rock climbing and abseiling. The staff will take care of safety and all of the equipment, so you can just focus on having fun!
If you want to learn a little bit more, you can sign up for a full-day beginner’s rock climbing course which includes some extra theory, and more practice with knots, tieing in, and belay techniques once you get up on the mountain.
New routes are being added all the time, but Koh Tao rock climbing currently comprises over 70 bolted routes, varying between 4 to 7+ on the Thai/French grading system. So if you want to develop your lead climbing skill level or learn some new techniques, Koh Tao is a great place to expand on your experience.
You can choose from a number of different courses based on a continual and logical progression. Specific courses available include:
There are several local and international climbing professionals based on Koh Tao who are happy to show you the best spots suited to your interests and ability. So if you are already a seasoned climber, hiring a guide is the best way to check out some of the best routes for you, and gain a reliable belay buddy at the same time. Guide services for rock climbing on Koh Tao are usually charged at a half-day rate.
Didn’t bring your rock climbing equipment with you? 24-hour rentals are available for shoes, rope, harness, chalk, and quick draws. If you’re not up for a full climb, then renting a crash pad to check out some of the local bounder fields is also a popular option.