How to Get to the Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud And What to Expect

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud

Do The Campuhan Ridge Walk

When in Ubud there are many fantastic things to do. There are some really nice walks, be it through the village, 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 walk which is filled with greenery and hills. It’s more of a jungle or forest walk so if you wanted to only see rice fields and terraces there are other walks you can do. We have been doing this walk every year since 2015, and although it gets busier each year, it’s still such a beautiful experience.

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Contents

Campuhan Ridge Walk Video
What To Expect
When To Go: What Is The Best Time To Visit The Campuhan Ridge Walk?
How Long Does It Take To Do The Campuhan Ridge Walk?
How To Get To The Campuhan Ridge Walk
Campuhan Ridge Walk Route Map
What To Bring

Campuhan Ridge Walk Video

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 Campuhan Ridge Walk has the scenery of a jungle or forest rather than that 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 and are closer to Ubud centre like the Kajeng rice fields walk. There are also more impressive and popular rice terraces such as Tegalalang or Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (although Tegalalang has changed so much and become much more touristy, not quite the experience it once was).

Read More: The Best Walks In Ubud

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud Views

Campuhan Ridge Jungle

When To Go: What Is The Best Time To Visit The Campuhan Ridge Walk?

We always try to start the walk as early as we can around sunrise. 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. Unfortunately, the walk has become very popular so it is now much busier than when we first did it in 2015. So if you’d rather have a more peaceful walk, the earlier the better.

We recently did the walk just before sunset, and although it was quite hot when we started, it was actually a beautiful temperature by the end which is nice. Again, it was pretty busy but still enjoyable.

Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud Sunset

Campuhan Ridge Walk With Kids

We probably wouldn’t recommend doing the Campuhan Ridge Walk in the afternoon or at night. During the day it’s most likely going to be pretty hot and less enjoyable, as there is not a lot of cover from the sun. And at night there is no lighting so you would miss all the beauty and it would make it a lot harder to do.

So when is the best time to do the Campuhan Ridge Walk? Either early morning or late afternoon, sunrise or sunset is when to do the Campuhan Ridge Walk.

Read More: Our Ubud Field Guide

How Long Does It Take To Do The Campuhan Ridge Walk?

Campuhan Ridge Walk Timings And Distance

From the Warwick Ibah to the end of the Ridge is about 20 – 25 minutes one direction if you are walking without stopping. You can walk further to Karsa Kafe and other warungs in the area which will take another 5 – 10 minutes. Obviously, you will need to double these times as you need to turn back to get back to the beginning. And if you stop to take it all in or take photos, it may take a fair bit longer. So to add the walk into your day, you should expect to need 1 to 2 hours.

So how far is the Campuhan Ridge Walk? We used an app on our last walk to time the distance, and we got 1.22 km from the Warwick Ibah to the end of the ridge itself, one direction. So with the return trip, you are looking at about 2.5km, more if you walk further to Karsa Kafe.

Is There A Loop Walk?

You might be wondering, as we did, if there is a loop walk you can do rather then having to double back. The simple answer is no. However, technically you can continue on the walk until you come to the road Jalan RSI Markandya II, just before Jungle Fish, and turn left onto this road. Then you follow this around until you can turn left onto Jalan Raya Sanggingan. You then follow this road until it turns into Jalan Raya Ubud and it will take you back past the start of the walk. But this will take a lot longer then if you were to double back. According to Google Maps, doing this loop would be 1 hour 40 minutes and 7.7 km.

How to Get To The Campuhan Ridge Walk

Obviously this will depend on where you are staying in Ubud. If you are staying in Ubud Village you can just walk to the start of the Campuhan Ridge Walk at the Warwick Ibah and continue. But if you are staying in the outskirts of Ubud, you can park your scooter in the parking just down the hill from the Warwick Ibah sign.

Campuhan Ridge Parking Ubud

Parking

Here are the walking directions. Let’s start from the Ubud Traditional Markets on the Corner of Jl. Monkey Forest and Jl. Raya Ubud. Head towards the bridge or Warwick Ibah.

From the markets, you walk along Jalan Raya Ubud past Saraswati Temple direction and you walk here (photo below). Once you walk through the section below, you are almost at your turnoff.

The Hill Heading To The Campuhan Ridge Walk

Just before the bridge, you will see signs to the Warwick IBAH villas and spa.

Ibah Sign

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.

Second Ibah Sign Head Left

Going To The Hill Sign 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.

To Karsa Kafe Sign Head Right To The Lower Bridge

From here you will walk around the walls of the Pura Gunung Lebah Temple, a great example of how beautiful Balinese Temples are.

Pura Gunung Lebah Temple

Your last turn until you’re in the clear and cruising along the Campuhan Ridge Walk now has a sign and a fence. Basically, as you follow the Temple around you will be given the choice of following the temple (now with a fence/gate) or heading off to the right. Head off to the Right to begin this great walk in Ubud.

The Last Turn Head Right

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. We 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.

Karsa Kafe or 5 mins past is a good point to collect yourself and either stop or head back. There are now a few other places to eat around Karsa Kafe too. We have also heard that you can get a local driver to take you to Karsa Kafe, so you can just walk the one direction of the Campuhan Ridge Walk back to Ubud. This would be a great option if you are doing the walk with kids.

Karsa Kafe Ubud Grab a Juice And Rest Up For The Walk Back

Rice Field Near Karsa Kafe Campuhan Ridge Walk

One of my favourite views of the Campuhan Ridge Walk Ubud is on the walk back…

Campuhan Ridge Walk View

Campuhan Ridge Walk Route Map

Campuhan Ridge Walk Route Map

What To Bring

There are places to buy food and drink at the beginning and end of the Campuhan Ridge Walk, and there is now one small place to buy drinks along the way. But we would still definitely recommend bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent on your walk with you, as it can be pretty exposed to the elements. Of course, you can bring a camera as well. As for footwear, we like wearing joggers, but it’s definitely doable with flip-flops too. Take a look at our favourite things to pack for Bali here.

The Campuhan Ridge walk is, in our opinion, a must-do if you enjoy an early morning or late afternoon walk, or just want to see another beautiful side of nature in Ubud & Bali.

This amazing walk is one of the few walks we show you guys (with a map) in our Ubud Field Guide. You can find out more about our Ubud Field Guide here, and our other Bali travel guides here.

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What Did You Think Of The Campuhan Ridge Walk? Let Us Know In The Comments…

This post was originally posted on February 1st, 2016 and last updated on March 5th, 2020.

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31 Comments

  • Lidith says:

    Hi! Fast forward in to the year 2020… are these instructions still accurate? Thanks!

    • Hi Lidith, Thanks for your comment :) We actually just updated this post so it has all the up-to-date info about the Campuhan Ridge Walk in 2020. We do this walk every year and love it, although it is getting busier every year. Let us know if you have any questions and enjoy your trip to Bali!

  • Michelle says:

    Thanks so much for the details! We are planning a trip to the Karsa Spa in a few days so this may be a nice way to get back to town again 😃

  • Anne Davey says:

    Hi guys, Is it necessary to wear closed shoes on this walk ?

    • Hi Anne, we would, however, it is definitely doable without, as long as you are happy to walk that far in thongs/sandals. We did it again a couple of days ago and it is a great walk :)

  • Patricia says:

    great post! I have just one question. you say we should save around 2 hours. This include the way back or is that another 2 hours? :)

    Thank you very much!!

  • Julie says:

    Very grateful for your instructions. It was an enjoyable walk and I felt safe as a solo female traveler.

  • Jenny says:

    We can’t wait to do this walk in a couple of weeks and I agree, the photo directions are really helpful. Silly, practical question – how far between bathrooms? :/

    • Hi Jenny, not silly ;) once you start the walk I walk I would say it is about 25 mins to Karsa Cafe but there are toilets at the warungs and cafes about 5 mins before that. Enjoy!

  • Kerri says:

    Thank you!! :)

  • Dharmesh says:

    Doing it as I write. Thank you for making me experience this. One of the best walks of my life.

  • James says:

    On the walk right now! Stopped at the Namo warung for some coconut water. Great, very accurate description. It’s 3pm here and boiling !!! X

  • Phuong says:

    Thanks so much for your detailed information. Is the security for this walk good enough for a female solo traveler?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Phuong,
      Thanks for your comment. We’ve found the Campuhan Ridge walk to feel safe :) I would say try to do in the morning when it is not dark and the sun is not too hot! It is a beautiful walk if you have the time you should definitely do it :) Have a great trip!

  • Phuong says:

    Hi Mandy & Chris,

    Thanks for your very detailed information, it would be very useful for a single traveler like me who is planing to go to Ubud few weeks later.

    I have a question, sound silly, but as I am a solo female traveller, is the security good enough for me to make it in late afternoon? And is there any tricky way that could make someone get lost?

    Thanks a lot!
    Phuong

    • Hi Phuong,
      We just replied to your other comment :)
      If you do the walk late afternoon, make sure to bring a light or torch in case it gets dark before you get back to the street. Once you are on the walk it is easy to follow, but the photos above will help you get there. We have never done the walk when it is dark and would recommend getting back to the street before dark. Thanks again for your comments, let us know if you have any more questions!

  • Daz says:

    Really useful directions and a great walk. My friends and I followed and have recommended to others on our travel blog – http://www.heylookitsjaz.com/2017/08/bali/ great work guys!

  • Chindu says:

    Hi Mandy and Chris! My friend and I did this walk a week ago in the morning. It was really relaxing and we kept stopping to take photos :) We also had a yummy breakfast at Karsi. Would definitely do it again next time, but probably a bit earlier (we started at 9am and it got pretty hot on the walk back). Your directions are really straightforward and I’m really enjoying reading your posts!

  • so says:

    hey! is it good also to do it by bicicle??

    • Hi So, you could do it on a bicycle but it would be a better walk. The path is ’tiles’ so would be a bumpy ride for the most part which may take away for the relaxing part of this path. We definitely recommend the walk though. Hope you have a great time in Ubud :)

  • fran says:

    that’s great, what a good blog. I like the photographic directions! much easier than a map

  • Adam says:

    Really fantastic instructions on how to find this walk, thank you very much. It was as beautiful as you described, definitely a must do in Ubud

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