The classically Balinese combo of rice fields and river gorges is what makes Ubud’s landscapes so beloved, and the Campuhan Ridge Walk, the best-known walk in Ubud, is the perfect way to appreciate them. Starting at Pura Gunung Lebah, choose between a 2-hour circular route around Campuhan and Sanggingan or a longer hike to Keliki and Taro.
You don’t need a guide to explore Ubud’s Campuhan Ridge, although many walkers appreciate the insights a guide can provide.
Campuhan Ridge Walk tours typically introduce Bali’s “subak” shared irrigation system, which has earned UNESCO World Heritage status, and the island’s highly individual brand of Hinduism. Some guides will also share information about on the abundant bird life amid the rice fields and in the valleys of Wos Barat and Wos Timor.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a must for photographers and nature lovers.
- Snacks are available along the way, but be sure to bring a water bottle anyway.
- The route follows made and unmade sections, and there are steps, so wear comfortable shoes.
- Save time by joining a tour—or arranging a private driver—that collects you at Bangkiang Sidem or Sanggingan.
How to Get There
You can reach the starting point of the Campuhan Ridge Walk on foot from most central Ubud accommodations. If you’re visiting from south Bali, catch the Kura Kura tourist bus from Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Seminyak, Kuta, or Sanur to the Puri Lukisan Museum, then walk about half a mile (800 meters).
When to Get There
To enjoy the best views and capture the best photos of the Campuhan Ridge Walk, visit either early or late in the day: an early start is ideal if you prefer relative solitude. Walking in Bali is most fun during the dry season (roughly May to October), when temperatures are cooler and it rains less than it does during the wet season.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk Loop Route
About 330 feet (100 meters) before the Campuhan Bridge, turn off the main road to Pura Gunung Lebah, then follow the ridge to Bangkiang Sidem. Turn left after the village temple onto a made road, and follow that through Payogan and Lungsiakan to Sanggingan, then back to Campuhan.