Do the Walk
When in Ubud there are many reasons for your visit and many fantastic things to do. There are some really nice walks, be it through the centre, through rice fields or just a beautiful nature walk. The Campuhan Ridge walk is definitely at the top of the list of must do walks when in Ubud. It is a beautiful green walk which is filled with greenery and hills. More of a jungle or forest walk and if you wanted to only see rice fields and terraces there are other walks you can do.
What To Expect
This is a beautiful paved walk along the Campuhan ridge. This walk definitely showcases the natural side to Ubud. Many trees and hills, the Campugan Ridge Walk has the scenery of a jungle or forest than of rice terraces and fields. There are rice fields further along the walk near Karsa Kafe but there are other rice terraces and fields that require less walking to get to, closer to Ubud centre or more impressive and popular Rice terraces such as Tegalalang or Jatiluwih.
When to go Campuhan Ridge Walking
We always try to start the walk as early as we can. As long as the sun is up the earlier the better. The walk is pretty exposed to the elements and gets hot quickly! Start between 6-7:30 in order not to melt too much! At this time you may also bump into a few locals on their morning walk before the sun rises (and the visitors). We have never done this walk in the late afternoon, but the same principle of avoiding the sun and enjoying a slightly cooler walk still apply. So either early morning or late afternoon is when to walk the Campuhan Ridge Walk.
How Long Does It Take and What Else Do I Need To Know
From The IBAH sign to Karsa Kafe and Back (Including A stop at Karsa Kafe) you should allow around 2hrs. This we feel is not walking too quick and also stoping for 15-25mins. You know us, we did some videos and photos along the way too 🙂
Definitely take some water, you will not get the opportunity until you reach the end. We did not take water the first time we did this walk and wished we had!
As mentioned, the Campuhan Ridge walk is exposed to the weather (sun and rain) go early morning or late afternoon when the sun is not as ridiculously hot, and also if it looks like a storm is coming it would be best to save the walk for another day.
How to Get There
Obviously this will depend on where you are staying. Lets Start from the Ubud Traditional Markets on the Corner of Jl. Monkey Forest and Jl. Raya Ubud. Head towards the bridge.
If you head from the markets and you walk here you are almost at your turnoff.
Just before the Bridge you will see signs to the Warwick IBAH villas and spa.
Turn into that driveway area and you will see another IBAH sign at a fork in the road. Below the IBAH sign you will see a small sign saying “Going To The Hill” and you will see an arrow telling you to Go Left.
At the bottom of the hill you will get to a bridge and stairs. The first time we did this walk there was no sign but now it’s easy to know where to go. You will see the sign saying “This Way Trekking Campuhan Ridge ‘Karsa Kafe’ 2 Kilometres” Head Right down the stairs.
From here you will walk around the walls of the Pura Gunung Lebah Temple, a great example of how beautiful Balinese Temples are.
Your last turn until you’re in the clear and cruising along the Campuhan Ridge Walk now has a sign also which helps. Basically as you follow the Temple around you will be given the choice of following the temple or heading off to the right. Head off to the Right to begin this great walk in Ubud.
By the time you get to the ‘end’ you will most likely be parched and in need of a refresh. The ‘Karsa Kafe‘ which all the signs refer to is actually quite a nice setting for exactly that. Mandy and I enjoyed a juice in one of the huts out in the ponds, filled with Lotus Flowers. We did not try their food but it was quite nice to get the feet up and cool down after the walk and prepare for the walk back. We have heard people continuing the walk past the cafe but considering the walk you just did you need to do again, unless your super curious the Karsa Kafe or 5 mins past is a good point to collect yourself and either stop or head back!
One of my favourite views of the Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud is on the walk back…
The Campuhan Ridge walk is, in our minds, a must do if you enjoy a early morning or late afternoon walk, or just want to see another beautiful side of nature in Ubud & Bali.