From all the things to do in Bali, Campuhan ridge walk perched near the central highland town of Ubud is an absolute must. The lush and scenic setting combined with free and easy walking makes it a popular hike among nature and photography lovers alike. The sweeping hilltop views, local village life and beautiful art galleries make it much more than just another trek.
I hiked the Campuhan ridge on Kuningan Day-a day that marks the end of a ten-day festival called Galungan. On Kuningan day the Balinese Hindu ancestors are believed to return to heaven after visiting the Earth during Galungan celebrations. Not surprisingly most places and businesses close during this holy day and any transport to anywhere will cost an arm and a leg. As I was perfectly located in Ubud during the festivities, it was an excellent day to check out the beautiful vistas I had heard so much about.
Finding the trail head can be confusing, especially as the entrance is next to the Ibah Resort and it feels as you are trespassing. Worry not my friend, as you are on the right track! Just bear to the left to walk down the path leading to Campuhan river gorge and temple, using the lower bridge to cross the river. Keep the temple to your left and river to your right by simply following the path that leads out of the trees and upwards along the Campuhan ridge.
The ridge is not the only highlight during the nine km round trip, but is certainly the most photographed. It only takes a short walk up the hill from the temple to enjoy the most pristine hillside vistas in the region. If you are lucky, catching a glimpse of the highest volcano in Bali-Mount Agung can make the views even more breathtaking. This is where you should take your time to enjoy the scenery and get some fantastic photos taken.
Past the ridge, you will find a local village with luxury resorts dotted on both sides of the track. This is where infinity pool dreams are made to reality and where local artists have set up beautiful art galleries to showcase their work. The scenery has changed too, with the jungle forest leading its way to beautiful green rice terraces with local farmers working on the fields. It is certainly refreshing for your mind to get away from the busy streets of Ubud and into the lap of nature.
The hot weather will surely leave you wanting for some refreshments and Karsa Cafe should be your next stop. With some of the best views and most scenic setting, smoothies in the balinese huts overlooking the rice fields was definitely one of the highlights of the whole trek. The tranquility was only disturbed when Michael went to feed the many hungry fish in the ponds around the hut we were sitting in. I haven’t seen fish this hungry before! I was a bit disappointed they didn’t have any fresh coconuts to drink and if you want to use the bathroom, it’s best to wait until you are back in Ubud. Ha!
While you can continue on the trail to do a loop to get back to Ubud, we decided to head back the same way we got there. The best photos of Campuhan ridge are taken on your way back anyway!
Things To Know
It’s a good idea to allow yourself at least two hours for the hike. This should allow enough time to enjoy a leisurely stroll and a twenty minute stop at the cafe or one of the art galleries. Factor in more time for a visit to the Jungle Fish infinity pool (part of Chapung Sebali Resort & Spa, open to visitors).
It’s a good idea to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the track is exposed to weather. Don’t forget to bring water, although once you reach the village, water is readily available to be bought.Most importantly, don’t forget your camera and enjoy the views!
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