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Peru Mountain Lodge Trek
Experience the very first trans-Andean lodge-to-lodge trek to one of the ancient world's most extraordinary sanctuaries: Machu Picchu. The Peru Mountain Lodge Trek may be booked as a 7-day trek only or as a complete 9-day Peru travel package. The trekking portion consists of 6 days (2 days the hikes are optional) of moderate to strenuous hiking at elevations of 6,600 to 15,000 feet and u p to six miles per day. Diverse types of trails along the way range from flat and grassy to steep and rocky slopes, and you'll cross nine different eco-zones.

Your journey begins in Cusco, former capital of the Inca empire at 11,000 feet, where you'll follow a little-known route through the Vilcabamba range, a spellbinding region of misty foothills blanketed in lush greenery and high Andes peaks cloaked in white. Cross a mountain pass at nearly 15,000 feet, marvel at hidden ruins and visit isolated communities where traditions of pre-Columbian cultures still thrive. Experience the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, and four trekking lodges, each offering a full bar, hot tub and views of snow-clad peaks or subtropical hillsides. Spend evenings unwinding by the fireplace, stargazing and enjoying a wealth of creature comforts.

View the 9-day Peru Mountain Lodge Trek route, which includes pre- and post-trek accommodations in Cusco, as well as a guided city tour, by clicking on the Itinerary tab, and see the Alternative Itinerary note for details on the 7-day trek-only option.
read more Experience the very first trans-Andean lodge-to-lodge trek to one of the ancient world's most extraordinary sanctuaries: Machu Picchu. The Peru Mountain Lodge Trek may be booked as a 7-day trek only or as a complete 9-day Peru travel package. The trekking portion consists of 6 days (2 days the hikes are optional) of moderate to strenuous hiking at elevations of 6,600 to 15,000 feet and up to six miles per day. Diverse types of trails along the way range from flat and grassy to steep and rocky slopes, and you'll cross nine different eco-zones.

Your journey begins in Cusco, former capital of the Inca empire at 11,000 feet, where you'll follow a little-known route through the Vilcabamba range, a spellbinding region of misty foothills blanketed in lush greenery and high Andes peaks cloaked in white. Cross a mountain pass at nearly 15,000 feet, marvel at hidden ruins and visit isolated communities where traditions of pre-Columbian cultures still thrive. Experience the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, and four trekking lodges, each offering a full bar, hot tub and views of snow-clad peaks or subtropical hillsides. Spend evenings unwinding by the fireplace, stargazing and enjoying a wealth of creature comforts.

View the 9-day Peru Mountain Lodge Trek route, which includes pre- and post-trek accommodations in Cusco, as well as a guided city tour, by clicking on the Itinerary tab, and see the Alternative Itinerary note for details on the 7-day trek-only option.
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Day 1 - Arrive Cusco, Peru

Day 2 - Cusco to Salkantay Lodge (12,690 ft)

Day 3 - Hike to Humantay Lake

Day 4 - Crossing Salkantay Pass

Day 5 - Descending into the Cloud Forest

Day 6 - Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Day 7 - First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass

Day 8 - Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

Day 9 - Depart Cusco


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Day 1 - Arrive Cusco, Peru

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, our local representative will transfer you to your accommodations. Cusco, at 10,856 feet, is the center of the Inca Empire. Embark on an afternoon guided orientation of Cusco's Spanish churches and ancient Inca sites, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman with its megalithic stone terraces. Enjoy a briefing at your Cusco hotel and then have time to relax before your trek.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL DAY: Full-day guided excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (call for pricing). Your first stop will be the picturesque town of Chincheros, next continue down the Urubamba Valley to reach the charming town of Ollantaytambo (9,185 feet). After lunch, visit Pisac and its open-air market. Return to Cusco to overnight.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
El Mercado Hotel
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Cusco to Salkantay Lodge (12,690 ft)

After breakfast, you'll be picked up at 7 am your Cusco hotel by a guide and vehicle. En route, take a break to visit the impressive Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where you'll stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 minutes from Mollepata by vehicle).

At Marcoccasa, begin the trek to Soraypampa on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful six-hour trek and a picnic lunch en route. Guests who do not wish to do this moderate-level trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley - Mt. Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 20,600 feet, the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by the lodge's friendly staff, you'll be shown to your room and have time to freshen-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Salkantay Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Hike to Humantay Lake

Today take an acclimatization hike (moderate to challenging, approximately 4 hours) on the slopes above the lodge to Lake Humantay, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. The hike is optional, but the views are amazing, and those brave enough can even go for a dip. Return to the lodge for lunch, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Afternoon at leisure. Spend the night at the Salkantay Lodge with gourmet food and warm, comfortable beds. In the evening, the guide briefs you on gear and the itinerary for the following day. All meals are served at the lodge.

OPTIONAL CHAKANA HORSEBACK RIDE: This 5- to 6-hour guided horseback/trekking combination is the ultimate adventure when in Soraypampa. It allows you to enjoy the best views of the Soraypampa Valley, Mt. Salkantay, Mt. Humantay and Humantay Glacier Lake. A mystical offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth) at the Chakana (Inca Cross) performed by a local Shaman, in view of the awe-inspiring Apu Salkantay (“Apu” or mountain god), tops off this unique experience. Riding horses are also available at Soraypampa in the afternoon for 2- to 3-hour guided rides around the valley. Itineraries may vary depending on the guests’ riding experience. Contact AdventureSmith for pricing.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Salkantay Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Crossing Salkantay Pass

This is the big day! After an early start, hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is Salkantay Pass at 15,213 feet. At the pass, stop to take in views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above. Keep your eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass, descend toward Wayra Lodge ("Wayra": wind; from the name of the location Wayracmachay: "the cave where the wind lives"), your destination for the evening. A hot lunch is served en route; dinner and overnight at the lodge. Trekking time today is 6 to 8 hours, including lunch. The hiking level is challenging as you cross a 15,213 mountain pass.

OPITIONAL HORSEBACK RIDE: Trade today's hike up to Salkantay Pass for a horseback ride (entirely or partly). Contact AdventureSmith for pricing.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Wayra Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Descending into the Cloud Forest

On this day enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Then continue the descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery, for 3 to 4 hours of easy to moderate trekking. Feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge you are greeted with a Pachamanca meal, a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables. Everything is then covered with hot stones, plantain leaves, high Andean grass and local herbs, and the contents are baked in an underground oven. Your home for the night, Colpa Lodge, is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail before dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Colpa Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Today, hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas. Total trekking time is 5 to 6 hours, including lunch, and is moderate to challenging due to the distance covered. Pass through banana, granadilla and avocado orchards. A hot picnic lunch is served by the river. After lunch, hike another hour before a private vehicle meets you for a short drive to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail (30 minutes or so). From the head of the newly restored Inca trail, you can easily make your way to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard and located at 7,003 feet. On the way visit an organic coffee plantation where you join the owner on a short tour of the farm and learn how coffee is grown, harvested, dried and processed.

OPTIONAL CANOPY ZIP LINE TOUR: Looking for more adventure? Join this exclusive half-day excursion on an exciting and scenic canopy zip line tour. This optional activity includes vehicle transfer, a 2.5-hour guided canopy zip line tour, all necessary safety equipment, training and lunch. Please contact AdventureSmith to book this activity in advance (limited spaces available, runs with minimum of two guests), but you can book the excursion anytime until the afternoon of the previous day.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Lucma Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass

After a hearty breakfast, tackle the last day of your trek, which includes 4 to 6 hours of moderate to challenging trekking. Head uphill for 2 to 3 hours toward Llactapata Pass, 8,974 feet, to come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. Take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. Then begin your final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu, is a short 1-hour scenic train ride away. Upon arrival, check into your hotel for celebration dinner with your guide and one last briefing.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Your trip leader will give the group an introductory 2-hour guided tour of the ruins, after which you have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours. The top is worth it though, affording great views of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, meet up with your guide again and return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to meet your train. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1.5 hours, and then a private vehicle will drive you back to Cusco (an additional 1.5 hours). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 pm), retire to your hotel.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL DAY: Spend another day at Machu Picchu (call for pricing). Arise early and be among the first to experience this spectacular spiritual monument before the tourist train arrives. Take a hike to the Temple of the Moon, climb Machu Picchu Mountain, or hike the Inca Drawbridge. You can take more time to visit the town of Aguas Calientes and shop the local craft markets. Return by train to Cusco.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
El Mercado Hotel
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 9 - Depart Cusco

After a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight or to continue on to other adventures.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

The route listed above is for the 9-day Full Itinerary. A 7-day trek-only option is available for those who wish to make their own arrangements pre- and post-trek:
Day 1 - Cusco to Salkantay Lodge (11,800 ft)
Day 2 - Hike to Humantay Lake
Day 3 - Crossing Salkantay Pass
Day 4 - Descending into the Cloud Forest
Day 5 - Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
Day 6 - First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
Day 7 - Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife or National Park regulation. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Peru Mountain Lodge Trek 9-day full itinerary begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. Arrive by 1:00pm on Day 1 and be transferred to your hotel. The trip ends in the morning on Day 9 at the time of check out from your Cusco hotel. Please schedule flights around these time frames.

If you're doing the 7-day trek-only portion, the trip begins on day 3 of the itinerary at 7:00am in Cusco. A prior nights' stay at a hotel is required. The trip ends in the late afternoon on day 9 in Cusco. If not staying another night, plan flights for no earlier than 5:00pm. We can assist with hotel arrangements.
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$3990 - High Season - Full Itinerary 2014

The full itinerary is 9 days. High season rates apply Apr 1-Oct 31 & Dec 15-31.

$3490 - High Season - Trek Only 2014

High season rates apply Apr 1-Oct 31 & Dec 15-31. The 7-day Trek-Only itinerary begins on day 3 of the outlined 10-day itinerary at 7:00am. A prior nights' stay at a hotel is required. The trip ends in the late afternoon on day 9 in Cusco.

$3490 - Low Season - Full Itinerary 2014

The full itinerary is 9 days. Low season rates apply Mar 1-31 & Nov 1-Dec 14.

$2990 - Low Season - Trek Only 2014

Low season rates apply Mar 1-31 & Nov 1-Dec 14. The 7-day Trek-Only itinerary begins on day 3 of the outlined 10-day itinerary at 7:00am. A prior nights' stay at a hotel is required. The trip ends in the late afternoon on day 9 in Cusco.
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Included

FULL ITINERARY: Accommodations & meals as outlined in itinerary; water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, fresh fruit juices at the lodges (filtered water and tea only at Aguas Calientes); all services and transfers between pick up and drop off in Cusco; service of a bilingual guide (English/Spanish); transportation of personal belongings on the trail by pack horses/mules and/or porters; guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance, transportation to the site and Huayna Picchu permits); wireless internet access at all lodges and hotels; US$50 gratuities for service staff (MLP lodge staff, mule drivers and route chefs), excluding guides; Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh juices are free of charge at the MLP Lodges. Only filtered water and tea are available free of charge at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

TREK ONLY: All services and transportation (vehicles and trains) from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7; 6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges, 1 night in Aguas Calientes in a 4-star hotel); all meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7; service of a bilingual guide (English/Spanish); transportation of personal belongings on the trail by pack horses/mules and/or porters; guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance, transportation to the site and Huayna Picchu permits); wireless internet access at all lodges and hotels; US$50 gratuities for service staff (MLP lodge staff, mule drivers and route chefs), excluding guides; Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh juices are free of charge at the MLP Lodges. Only filtered water and tea are available free of charge at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Exclusions

Airfare from US to Lima & Cusco; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Peru; optional activities; tips to local staff and items of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, bottled water and sports drinks, massage/spa services, laundry fees and insurance of any kind. Call or click flights for a free quote.

Room Configuration

Requested single accommodations are available at a 50% supplement. Willing to share accommodations are available at a 25% supplement; in case ultimately no roommate is found then the guest would only be subject to a 25% supplement of the retail cost per person.

Families & Children

The recommended minimum age of participants is 12 years old. However, we may consider exceptions depending on experience and physical conditions.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of 50% of your trip cost is required to confirm a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

This trip requires proof of insurance coverage as a minimum for Medical Emergency Treatment and Evacuation; please be sure that your policy includes Adventure Travel Activities or similar when purchasing. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote. If you do not present valid proof of insurance at least 60 days prior to your trip start date, you will be charged a rate of $8 per person per day for such insurance through IHI - a member of the BUPA Group.
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