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... are comfortable and very adequate. The spa and fitness center are steps away and always open for guests. The food is...
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... meal is a pice of art and taste like a master pice. The gym equipment is garbage. It should all be thrown out. This is...
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... this is due to my own lack of being in good shape. The yoga studio is incredible and I loved the experience of daily...

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DME wrote a review Jul 2013
Greenville, South Carolina324 contributions185 helpful votes
This was my second two week stay at Mountain Trek....with three years between visits. This program is not for someone seeking a relaxing vacation but instead is for guests who love hiking, seek to improve their overall fitness level, are motivated for a vigorous and active experience, and who want to do so with like minded guests. The setting is simply beautiful and the natural beauty makes the travel to this remote locale quite worthwhile. The Lodge and accommodations are comfortable and very adequate. The spa and fitness center are steps away and always open for guests. The food is notably delicious and the kitchen team is willing to accommodate to any specific food need or preference. Most notable is that Mountain Trek is staffed by people who love their jobs and who are real professionals regardless of their role. I travel often and it is rare to find staff who are so grateful to work at a venue and who are proud enough to share their pride with guests....and I think that says a lot about the program. Guests who seek a getaway to focus on themselves and who are willing to put forth a consistent effort while at MT will find the experience very productive and beneficial. If you seek a cushy vacation and want to be pampered in a luxurious environment then look elsewhere. If you seek an opportunity to improve your fitness level, to meet interesting people from all over the world, to learn and to hike in awesome settings then Mountain Trek is the place for you. A MT experience will be very busy and action packed with little down time. Each time I have returned home invigorated and feeling great about myself and the opportunity to establish new patterns for a healthy lifestyle. I have found a two week stay to be the perfect duration for me and yet most guests stay only for a week. Two weeks will help you establish new patterns and to begin the process to change. Hiking is the big activity at MT and if you don't like to hike this venue is not for you. Most, but not all guests are solo....their significant others don't hike and/or the guest seeks a solo experience to focus on themselves. Friendships are quickly established and you will be exchanging addresses with your new friends before you depart.
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Date of stay: July 2013Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Book early and ask for a room with a larger beds. Couples ands guests who are staying longer than...
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BillJKnight wrote a review Sep 2016
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada223 contributions142 helpful votes
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I went to Mountain Trek to lose weight but I left with so much more .When I first checked in I was a little concerned about the room. The lodge it's self is very nice but rooms are dated and small. After a day you quickly realized it's very comfortable,clean& all you need .

The food is amazing I would go as far and say it is some of the best I have ever eaten. Being limited to 1400cal a day I was worried,but I was never hungry extra food is offered if needed, but I never needed. The chefs really believe in eating with you're eyes first and these people knock it out of the park!! Every meal is a pice of art and taste like a master pice.

The gym equipment is garbage. It should all be thrown out. This is not why you come and offering programs to use this stuff only hurts Mountain Trek's reputation. The real gym is out side and the hikes are beautiful.

The yoga room is very nice but needs some sun blinds. When the sun pops up in the morning it's very hard to see the instructor. Yoga should be relabelled stretch class which is still good. there is a wide range of people here and they are trying to do a program everyone can do. Its a great way to start the day and I enjoyed and looked forward to it each morning I could not imagine doing the hikes without it.

The night host changes all week and it's up to them for the evening gym program. I can not begin to say enough great things about the staff these people are hard working / encouraging /amazing people that go out of their way at every waking moment to help you get the most out of your stay. They do their best to make the evening gym enjoyable but as mentioned above they are working with dated garbage equipment .

The lectures are good but need to start on time and end on time You do not have a lot of time between lectures /meals & gym so when they run late this makes it impossible to chew your food well and slow down and eat. Which is one of the biggest things they preach about .They need to allow more time between these events.
Lectures did not change between week one and two. This was nice as it allowed more free time on week two which was very nice to take it all in.

Hiking is great my only complaint would be is there was no change between week one and two. This is good and bad; Bad from the point I've already seen the trail great from the point I got to see how much I improved from week one to two. The trails are beautiful and the guide really help you be successful.

Laundry service is offered twice a day, however they do not use a biodegradable detergent. There are great options in the marketplace, and using an alternative would be more inline with Mountain treks values: healthy eating, exercise and being in nature. Putting clothes on filled with chemicals on my largest organ ( skin) goes against everything they preach.

Mountain trek talk about the benefits of journaling, however there are no private spaces to do so. If they reconfigured the rooms and added a chair it would work. In the sleep lecture they are very clear on what your bed should be used for; and journaling was not one of them.

The spa for lack of a better word is non existent there is a hot tub/ cold bath /sauna & steam room all very nice but this does not make a Spa. There are evening massages but the rooms are scattered around Two in the spa area one in a room in the main lodge and one in the office Massages are ok but very inconsistent. These do not seem to be Mountain Trek employees

The Internet is turned off at 10 pm and sometimes turned back on at 6 am depending on the over night host. I think this is a great thing. I was going there to disconnect and that allowed me to do it

With all this being said I believe Mountain trek is the best at what they do and only need a few tweaks This is not a weight lose place it's a life altering program. They give you the tools to change habits they educated people to understand choices. You leave there feeling better looking younger with a different out look in life
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Brooklynite_Abroad wrote a review Jul 2012
New York City, New York3014 contributions900 helpful votes
Plus side: Amazing location in the mountains in British Columbia. This is an active vacation; I came to get into shape and to clear my head through communing with nature. I did get better endurance, thanks to the hikes, and better flexibility, thanks to the yoga, and better state of being thanks to the calm and quiet, the healthy diet, the detox and the massage. Communing with nature did not happen as much as I wished, although this is due to my own lack of being in good shape. The yoga studio is incredible and I loved the experience of daily morning yoga. The hikes are challenging, but you pace yourself, and you feel yourself get stronger with each day. The lodge has a small hot tub, and three types of sauna, which are great after a hike or before a massage. The hot springs very near to the resort are such a treat after a day of exercise. Most meals are delicious and always varied, which allows you to come away with many ideas for healthier eating at home. The limited caloric diet never leaves you hungry. The staff are very friendly, the guides are as well. The yoga instructors are excellent.

Minus side: If you are not already in great shape, there is not much opportunity to commune with nature, which is a shame, as the scenery around you, the mountains, lakes and forest is stunning. The problem is that lack of endurance doesn't allow much opportunity to truly soak in the nature. Consequently, get into shape before you go, and when you get there, not only will you improve your endurance, but you will also enjoy the nature more. There is opportunity to soak in the scenery and self-reflect in the evenings, but I was just too tired, and the place lack a pool. The entire time I was wishing for an infinity pool that looked across the lake at the mountains. Additionally, I was expecting somewhat of a spa setting. This is not the case. The lodge is very nice, but can get crowded, and the rooms are spartan, albeit with comfortable beds. The bathrooms are tiny, and some rooms have single beds, so be warned. Additionally, this is not a place for younger people, I am in my early 30's. Most clientele is well into their 50's if not beyond, and most are conservative. If you are a younger urbanite like myself, you may feel like a fish out of water, but then you come here for reasons other than to be social.

All in all, this is an expensive, active vacation. I am glad I did it, but I did expect more luxury for the price point. However, the change in my fitness level and the decrease in stress after two weeks at Mountain Trek are priceless. For an urbanite like me, with indulgence at every turn, I needed to get far away and focus on health. If this sounds like you, then pull the trigger and go.
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Date of stay: July 2012Trip type: Travelled solo
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MarkeB wrote a review Sep 2011
Santa Fe, New Mexico83 contributions92 helpful votes
This is an update of a 12/19/10 review, after I had attended my first Mountain Trek program in Baja California, at the incredibly beautiful Rancho La Puerta. I'm so glad that I also attended a week at MT's (own) lodge in B.C. Both experiences were wonderful, but totally different. Due to the nature of the Lodge, the accommodations in B.C. are smaller than they are in Baja, but very serene and spotless. And because there are only about 10-14 people attending at any one time, it's a much more intimate group. The food is excellent, and offers chicken and beef during the week in addition to fish (the program in Baja is vegetarian and fish). I have never worked out or done yoga in a gym with a more magnificent view; MT's gym looks down through a frame of trees to Kootenay Lake, which is something like 100 miles long. All of this detail does not do justice to the spirit at Mountain Trek in B.C. -- the inspiration, the serenity, the RESULTS!, the fabulous staff -- all of whom are highly personable, professional, caring and motivating. MT doesn't just want you to lose weight/fat while you're there; they aim to help you make practical changes that will allow you to keep losing once you're home. And actually, the weight loss is just part of their overall program, which is to educate you about how to stay vital as you age, rather than just succumb to societal expectations about growing older. This has been a major transitional year for me -- getting divorced at 57, and trying one last time to lose weight and keep it off. I was so inspired by my visit to MT's lodge in B.C. that I climbed the highest peak in New Mexico five days after leaving. My experiences at Mountain Trek this year have made a huge difference in how I live my new single life -- physically and emotionally. I enjoyed the beautiful hiking so much that I'm planning to attend their 10-day "Turkey Burner" snow-shoe session over New Year's. My advice to anyone thinking of going is -- GO! But also make the most of your trip by planning it at a time when you can go home straight into a new, healthier routine. The 2 leaders and the nutritionist emphasize that you should focus on patterns, not details, of a healthier lifestyle and urge you to select a small number of goals/new habits to commit to when you leave. This is easier to do if you don't have to travel, move or change jobs in the first couple of weeks after your MT session.
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Date of stay: September 2011Trip type: Travelled solo
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Suki E wrote a review Sep 2014
Paradise Valley, Arizona176 contributions63 helpful votes
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If you are looking for a professional, warm-hearted, well-run and results-oriented fitness retreat, look no further! The hiking is challenging and beautiful but the program allows its clients to find the best group to hike with. The food is excellent. I was never hungry and lost weight and gained muscle mass. The weight training, stretch yoga classes, cardio work, and de-tox were all beneficial and challenging. The program includes 3 massages but one can buy additional services. There is a natural hot springs just down the road or a large new jacuzzi and cold plunge pool available at the lodge for sore bodies. The lodge sits above the Kootenay Lake so the views from anywhere (but especially from the yoga studio and work-out gym) are spectacular. Mountain Trek also runs their program in November and February at Rancho La Puerto in Mexico just south of San Diego. This is an amazing way to recalibrate one's life, body and spirt. You will feel transformed and re-invigorated!
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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