We woke up at 6.20am to prepare ourselves for another tiring morning. This time, fortunately, would be I should say 95% easier than our challenging ascent to Mt Batur. For that morning, on 8 June 2016, we would be having a leisurely walk on Capuhan Ridge Trail. It is 10km long (2 way) and would have nice sceneries and lush green hills.
After our 10min preparation which consisted of brushing our teeth and washing our faces, we headed to the reception where to our surprise, no one was there to serve us. No guard, no driver…nothing! We were taken by surprise and had to waste 40min calling, texting and searching for a single Indigo Tree staff.
At around 7am, finally, the breakfast waitress arrived and we had caught her in the nick of time as she was in the brink of losing our sight. We asked her for any clue where the staff of the hotel might be and she helped us by calling the drivers and staff. We all hoped it would be a success. Despite the pure patience of the waitress, she was not able to find anyone to resolve the unexpected matter. Luckily, she kindly let us have early breakfast as the hotel was supposed to start serving at 8am although it was only 7.15am.
Once our tummies were satisfied and hunger has been blown away into thin air, I went alone to the reception to have a peek whether there were staff at the counter. As I suspected, there was. So, we got ready once again, frustrated by the inconvenience caused and would really want to have some words with the lady who served my mom yesterday. We left at around 8.15am without any drama just yet as the receptionist who came to our service was not the one we were looking for.
To get to the trail, you must search your way through the 1 way or 2 way streets of Ubud until you reach this dark area which has a small road leading to this place called Ibah, where you take the other alley which goes downhill.
You would soon see another alternative route which has a short flights of stairs. That’s the route you should take. It goes under a bridge and up, once your back on the surface, beside you would be a temple where you might want to take some photos.
Once that area’s been left alone with, you’d be having a relaxing walk up rice paddies and you could see another cliff at the opposite side of the trail. It was awesomely relaxing and you’d feel like in a vast garden with tons of greenery waiting for you. Well, you also have to be careful of lizards and millipedes that you might see crossing the trail from one side to the other. The pathway was like a natural pedestrian crossing! We were able to catch a glimpse on some big lizards!
We had just finished 1km 200m when we came across a village which is quite small and has many guest houses for rent. There are also many famous local painters and many other type of stores you will encounter as you advance.
We ended our trek at Karsa Café where you could go overhead and relax in front of the peaceful rice paddies which were thick and green! There were also 3 huts on the 1st floor which is also a relaxing hotspot to many tourists. To be honest, we prefer having a seat at the 2nd floor than one in the huts.
After getting some energy from my delicious French fries made from sweet potatoes, we washed up our dirty or oily hands and headed to the rice paddies where we had such a relaxing…and wet walk!
We started of near the extravagant café and left the main road to enter the tranquil terrain. We explored their fields and saw the farmer’s different types of scarecrows way out in the green fields. It was like the famous walk of a lifetime, it was scorching hot which we liked a bit and were able to hear many types of sounds from nature’s sleeves.
In spite of the high steps we had to take across the farm, we eventually ended the walk with only my shoes wet when I lost balance and got my shoes sucked and dipped into the water which was supposed to be absorbed by the plants, not my hiking boots.
From then on, all we saw was cloned from what we saw at the beginning as it was the exact same route we took from the starting point.
Since we had the unfavorable turn of events back at the hotel, it was noon when we had finished this walk of a lifetime. Well, it was time to have lunch!
As an end to this journal entry, I should point out that the surroundings of the ridge was beautiful!