It was a perfect trip in every possible way. Your partnership with Mountain Lodge is genius! The opportunity to avoid the hoards of people who hike the Inca Trail at the same time exploring the magnificent Vilcabamba Range and in the shadow of Salkantay and Humantay Peaks is precious!! We bonded as a group, we were inspired and cared for by David and we were well fed and instructed by the staff of mountain lodges! All in all, a trip of a life time. Thank you.
Fantastic trip! Very well organized, great lodges. Greatly exceeded my expectations. Dave was amazing! He was very encouraging, fun to be with, a gentle, but serious leader. I am totally impressed and hope to do another Alpine Ascents trip.
"I had the best time ever. The trip was first rate all the way. - Kim F."
"The trip was really good and most enjoyable. Peru is a beautiful and very clean country, and it's people are very outgoing and friendly. The facilities/lodges were exceptional. All of our group were shocked by the quality of the lodges. You would pay to stay in these lodges if they were located in Seattle. Not enough can be said about how "good" they are and the quality of the staff personnel. We were also most impressed by the quality of the food and the presentation of the food at the dinner meals. Also, the hotel" Harris P.
"The trip was fabulous; very well organized. The guides were #1, lodges were great, food great. 100% satisfied!" Andre L.
A really great trip. Lodges were over the top. A three or four star lodge in the middle of nowhere. Food great both in the lodges and on the trail. Machu Picchu must be seen to really appreciate how majestic is the site and ruins" BB
Machu Picchu Lodge Trek
Our six day trek leads us through remote river valleys and over a 15,000 ft pass to our final destination, Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas and one of the New 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. As we cross these different eco systems we meet the indigenous people and explore their unique way of life. Our route traverses the snow covered Cordillera Vilcabamba Range and we walk beneath its highest mountain, Mt Salkantay (20,600ft) the 2nd most sacred mountain in Inca mythology
Besides the Peruvian people and the incredible views, our trek is exceptional because we dine and sleep in luxury lodges along the entire route. Three of the four lodges accommodate only 12 people, all lodges have incredible views and we have the hot tubs and chefs to ourselves.
Our journey begins in Cusco, 11,200 ft, where we spend one day and two nights acclimatizing and touring this beautiful city. We then travel by car to the beginning of our trek, the enchanting valley of Soraypampa, – this trekking route is less traveled, and far more scenic than the famous “Inca Trail”. Trekkers spend two night in the Salkantay lodge and one night each at three other Lodges located at strategic points along the route. At the end of the 6th day we reach a train that takes us up to Aguas Calientes where we stay in a beautiful hotel for the night. The next day we spend the entire morning and early afternoon exploring Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco.
Key points of the Trek
- Trek through fifteen different bio-zones, changing altitudes and varied terrain.
- Marvel at the exquisite beauty of the Salkantay Peak, Salkantay Glacier and Humantay Glacier Lake.
- Share in the culture and customs of local Andean families who maintain age-old traditions.
- Witness environmental and social initiatives to maintain the natural integrity and improve quality of life in the region.
- Indulge in the comfort of enchanting mountain lodges, the innovative local cuisine, the warmth of the people, and your daily retreat to a mind-and-body recovery Shangri-La.
- Be inspired by the majesty of your surroundings and the knowledge that you are following in the footsteps of the Incas.