Machu Picchu Lodge Trek


It was a perfect trip in every possible way. Your partnership with Mountain Lodge is genius! The opportunity to avoid the hordes 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.

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.

We are the only outfitter for this trek to add a professional mountain guide to the local staff. Most of our trekkers have commented that having a Western guide was a crucial part of their trekking experience.

Our trek was fantastic. I enjoyed every part of it. Our AAI guide, Ben Jones and our two Peruvian guides were OUTSTANDING. El Mercado in Cusco and Mountain Lodges were excellent in every respect. The guides worked together seamlessly to meet the needs of all trekkers of various capabilities and paces. Ben Jones, AAI was excellent in preparing us for trek conditions and altitude. He did a great job of keeping us on schedule too. Our Peruvian guides, particularly Raul were extremely well versed in all local subjects. Great 'color commentators.' Roger, our Mountain Lodges cook, was absolutely fantastic. The food was wonderful. - 2014 Trekker

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 nights in the Salkantay Lodge and one night each at three other lodges located at strategic points along the route.  At the end of the sixth 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.  

"The trip was fabulous; very well organized. The guides were #1, lodges were great, food great. 100% satisfied!" Andre L.

Key points of the Trek

  • Trek through fifteen different bio-zones, changing altitudes and varied terrain.
  • Your trip is led by a professional mountain guide along with local experts.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy your days on trail unfettered by heavy packs while your personal belongings are carried by pack horses/mules and/or porters
  • Be inspired by the majesty of your surroundings and the knowledge that you are following in the footsteps of the Incas.

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.

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

"I had the best time ever. The trip was first rate all the way. - Kim F."

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