Mountain Trek Health Reset Retreat

Mountain Trek Health Reset Retreat

3800 North St., Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia V0G 1A0 Canada
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Rated one of the best health retreats in the world, Mountain Trek is a week-long immersive health reset program proven to dramatically transform your body, mind, and spirit. Whether you feel overworked, overweight, or just in need of time to unplug, slow down, and recharge, Mountain Trek is for you. Located in the majestic and healing forests of British Columbia, Canada, our award-winning health reset program features daily guided hikes, nourishing chef-prepared meals, functional fitness classes, gentle yoga, guided relaxation sessions, therapeutic massages, and a state-of-the-art spa. Every aspect of your week is meticulously designed and personalized by our team of 40+ professionals, who expertly guide you (and a maximum of 15 other guests) through a life-changing health journey. You will work hard, relax deeply, and thoroughly reset your physical, emotional, and mental health. Melt stress away, restore energy levels, burn fat, purge toxins, and return home revitalized, recharged, and years younger than when you arrived.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Hiking
Aerobics
Free airport transportation
Wifi
Plunge pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Evening entertainment
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Spa
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Laundry service
Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air purifier
Bathrobes
Seating area
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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English, French

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3800 North St., Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia V0G 1A0 Canada
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HSOMass wrote a review Jul 2013
United States1 contribution7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
was disappointed in the "trails" - some were gravel paths, as opposed to hiking trails and then some were repeated "treks" :( I had heard from a friend that they took different trails every day, but that was not my experience. It's a lot of money to have the same hikes repeated. That being said, the guides were phenomenal and the lodge staff was amazing. Everyone was nurturing and positive. The kitchen and its staff were incredible! Is comparable to other spas I have stayed in -- just wish they had ventured more often away from the lodge.
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Date of stay: June 2013
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Response from MountainTrekRetreat, Guest Relations Manager at Mountain Trek Health Reset Retreat
Responded Jul 25, 2013
Thank you for your comment. Indeed, our guests who stay for two-week "Renewal" program do experience some repetition of trails and this is because clients who come for our one-week "Reboot" program want to do all the favourite trails as well, including the famous Fry Creek and Idaho Peak. However, we are looking into ways of altering the program so that our two-week guests experience new trails every day.
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jbel55 wrote a review Aug 2009
Olympia, wA6 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After 3 weeks at MT I felt like a different person. My endurance is better, I no longer crave junk food and am 23 lbs. lighter. Be advised this program is not for wimps and will test your physical and mental limits. If you follow the program you will undoubtedly see great results. The MT staff are top notch and they make every effort to make the stay enjoyable. The food is healthy and very well prepared. The accomodations are simple but very comfortable. Ultimately, you will reap what you sow. I think If you are spending the $$ plan on taking advantage of all aspects of the program. Downsides: After 3 weeks the hiking locations became redundant, a greater variety fof hiking locations for guests staying longer would be nice. The evening fitness classes were not all that interesting to me (perhaps that is a gender bias).
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Date of stay: July 2009
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Carrie wrote a review May 2018
New York City, New York16 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mountain Trek is the best gift I've ever given myself. I've done the program twice - once for one week, once for two full weeks. I will go back for the third time in the fall. There is simply no better place to clear the cobwebs and reconnect with the real you. It's not just a spa or a luxury retreat or a fitness program - it's a place to reset, learn, grow, heal and have fun in a breathtaking setting, free and clear of daily distractions. Thanks to an exceptionally talented, kind staff and the array of resources available to support you, you leave feeling rejuvenated and armed with practical tools to tackle life AND live it. Yes, it's a splurge and yes, it's a bit of a hike to get to (pun intended), but how much is your future worth? MT reminds you that you deserve to invest in yourself and why 'putting the oxygen mask on first' makes you a better family member, employee, employer, friend, etc. back home. Please feel free to message me with questions or if you are on the fence.

A few specific notes:
- *MT attracts a wide range of guests, men and woman, of all ages, with completely different, individual goals.* My last group had two couples, two single retirees, a pregnant woman, a colon cancer survivor, someone mourning the loss of a spouse, former athletes, several solo travelers who came w/o their significant others or kids, and a bunch of other out-of-shape professionals hoping to break habits and shed a few pounds. The one thing trekkers have in common is the desire detox from the stress of daily life and to support each other on that journey. I leave each trip with a few new friends.
- *No expertise or technical skills required.* Many people come to MT never having hiked or used hiking poles before. You don't need to bring any equipment other than the right shoes. They provide everything else and teach you what you need to know.
- *Huge premium on safety.* There are four groups to accommodate a variety of fitness levels, each with its own professional guide. No hiker is left behind. No hiker is out of the sight of a guide at any time.
- *The food is delicious, and they accommodate all dietary needs.* They also generously share any and all recipes on request.
- Onsite infrared sauna, steam room, hot tub, cold plunge and 24-hr gym. The local hot springs are just down the hill and a cool cultural experience.
- In addition to the included massages, there are numerous services available at additional cost to support your goals: acupuncture, cranial sacral work, private nutrition sessions, private counseling, private yoga sessions, naturopathic/food sensitivity testing, etc. I'd put some of the services in the 'outstanding' category on par with or superior to anything you can get in NYC.
- *Go to the classes.* You may think you've heard it all until you sit through one of Kirkland's talks. I have learned so much both in class and on the trail.
- Save up and make the commitment to go to MT. You are worth it!
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Date of stay: May 2018
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cherese m wrote a review Sep 2016
4 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved my week in the mountains. I gave this experience as a gift to myself to destress, detox and feel rejuvenated. You arrive at this beautiful lodge, and although the bedrooms are quaint you do not need anything more as you are really only in them to sleep. There is daily laundry service which is nice, one less thing you have to think about. The food was amazing, you almost forget you are only eating about 1200 calories per day. I never felt hungry or that I couldn't push myself during the hikes or fitness classes. The staff are more than willing to give you more food if you feel like you aren't getting enough. The schedule is pretty intense without much down time but I knew what I was signing up for, a bootcamp style program, to kick my butt into gear. The morning yoga was a great way to start the day, and very beneficial after hiking the day before. The hiking was challenging and intense for me, as I really wanted to push myself, but the views were breathtaking and made it all worth it. The group was broken up into four smaller hiking groups so people could hike faster or slower depending on their abilities and fitness levels. I knew that I could drop back to a slower paced group if I needed to. I really enjoyed hiking with a different guide each hike as it was a good way to get to know them. I found the lifestyle talks very helpful (and they were a perfect time to soak my feet after a day of hiking). The evening fitness classes were fun and interactive. The spa, sauna and massages were a great way to relax and unwind throughout the week. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. I left Mountain Trek not only destressed, detoxed, and rejuvenated, but six pounds lighter and full of energy. I will definitely be back. It was a busy week, but so rewarding! Invest in yourself and enjoy a week in the mountains!
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Carlo A wrote a review Jun 2014
1 contribution6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I thought I was pretty healthy in regards to lifestyle, fitness, and diet before I went there. By the end of it I'd lost almost an inch off my waist and gained muscle. More importantly I left with a lot more knowledge of what it takes to be truly healthy, beyond just the healthy eating and exercise aspects. They deal with other lifestyle factors which affect our health like stress, sleep, emotions, and mental and spiritual aspects. These things are often overlooked but they're all part of who we are as humans and not addressing them is sabotaging other efforts to be healthy. I came out with several more tools and a fresh way of looking at things. The program is extreme (lots of exercise), but the approach when it comes to an entire life is gentle. They show you how to do it, and show you that results can be obtained in a week or two, but they also teach you how to realistically integrate what you learn into your daily life. All the staff, from the guides to the physical therapists to the kitchen staff, are all friendly, approachable, and very knowledgable. If you're looking for a lifestyle change, I highly recommend it. They really are changing people's lives. As full disclosure I was an invited media guest of the lodge, but the words above are my true experiences and would never positively review something if I didn't believe it.
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Date of stay: May 2014
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jackiesva wrote a review May 2011
Palmetto, Florida6 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Or "There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps." Whether you believe Nietzsche or Cohen, both applied to my week at Mountain Trek. I'm a chubby 57 year old - less chubby and feeling younger when I left the Mountain. I have a quicker smile, less worry lines, a smaller waist, and an aching knee. But, as soon as I lose another 30 pounds on my own using the life lessons of the program, I'm going back. It's true that I may have missed the "boot camp" ideal in the literature but did adjust to the rigid schedule and endless energy of the staff...many not much younger than I am. You are wonderfully cared for by a team of top notch professionals tucked away in the mountains of BC....from the chef, body work specialists (massage), guides to yoga instructors.
Rooms are meticulous, though not fancy. Groups are small - 11 our week and 14 max. Has steam room, hot tub with jets, infrared sauna, gym, and a breathtaking view.
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Date of stay: April 2011
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dbgerull wrote a review Sep 2010
Boulder, Colorado1 contribution6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to Mountain Trek to lose some weight and think, I came away with much more. The hikes range from old growth rainforest with trees taking a dozen people to wrap their arms around to high alpine meadows with simply awesome views and endless flowers. The staff definitely walks their talk, best combination of current science and natural approaches to health I have encountered. I left with new friends, an understanding of nutrition, sleep, and stress presented in a way I can remember (and use) easily as well as a place I will go back to every year I can from now on. And... I lost 11.2 pounds the first week and 7 the second, while gaining muscle mass and even some water weight the second week.
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Date of stay: September 2010
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TheSpaw wrote a review Sep 2018
6 contributions8 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
It is human nature, Unfortunately, to focus on the negative. We all do it, whether it's when people point out that one little flaw or we keep watching something horrible on TV. Reviews are no different we gravitate to the negative reviews and we skim through the good ones. SO I feel bad telling you that I would never give this place less than 5 stars but I really wanted you to read this and I dont think this will effect their star ratings. Mountain Trek can be life changing and while everyone will have different levels of what to expect, if your main goal is to change your life, even if it's just a little bit, MT is the most well rounded place to do it. You will probably not find a place that will satisfy every person and I truly believe if YOU are focused on Change and not the size of rooms or if there is chair out side of the steam room, this is the place. MT, offers well educated, passionate, hardworking, friendly staff. Educational classes are easy to follow, Food was fabulous, abundant and not redundant. Hikes were challenging, beautiful and not repetitive. Fitness classes were well thought out, fun and challenging. Schedules were timed well and everything ran smoothly but remember what makes their program work well is the people who are participating in it so each group can change the dynamics. My group was fabulous and everything ran great. A big heartfelt thank you to MT for helping me change my life. Cathy, you are truly amazing and all the little extra things you do did not go unnoticed. I hope you will continue to inspire people you meet and inspire your fabulous team.
This "REALLY" is the best you will
find

Carrie Hyde
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Response from MountainTrekRetreat, Owner at Mountain Trek Health Reset Retreat
Responded Nov 12, 2018
Hi Carrie! I love the psychology you're using here and agree, sometimes you need to be bold to be heard. I will forward along your kind words to Cathy! Thanks and we hope to see you again in the future! Feel free to email us at anytime with questions - we're not just here for you during your stay... All the best, Mountain Trek
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Carync6 wrote a review Sep 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina223 contributions185 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been here before so I am not a newbie to this experience. I have also been to a similar program in Malibu. The overall hiking and views/scenery are spectacular. The lodge itself is nice and the views from the eating area and exercise studio are amazing. Most of the staff was incredibly nice and supportive and upbeat. What I found surprising this time was how stressed the manager was. I had commented to a guest I was bringing how "chill" everyone was. Boy was I wrong, which bothered me since I had convinced someone to take on this expensive trip. The first full hiking day, this person was "snapping" at one of the guides and then snapped at several of us. Everyone was commenting on this saying that the behavior of this person was stressing them out. This is NOT what people want when they pay to go to de-stress. He also was very irritated when we saw a bear outside and wanted to look at it versus listen to his lecture. The second thing that was "off" this time was the food. Twice, we were served chicken breasts which were tough and almost impossible to cut. We were a challenging group of 16 with many folks no bean, or vegan only or no garlic etc...so I know it made the kitchen crazy. However, at several thousands of $$ and a #'1 ranking, you expect the kitchen to deal with the varied requests. I am "no beans". One morning I got lentils and roasted chickpeas! Clearly they were off.
On a positive note, the hikes were nice. They do their best to group people according to skill. The alpine hikes to the glacial lakes were so beautiful. We were even treated to a quick snow shower one day at the top of Idaho Peak, which I thought was fun (cold but fun).
I think that there is work to do to keep the standards competitive with other programs but overall a positive experience. If you want beautiful scenery and great hiking that will challenge you, it is a solid place to go.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Response from MountainTrekRetreat, Manager at Mountain Trek Health Reset Retreat
Responded Sep 19, 2016
Thank you so much for your honest comments. It's true that particular week was a stressful anomaly for our manager and we apologize that some actions negatively affected a handful of occasions. We are very aware of how stress has a ripple affect on staff and guests and we assure you the extraordinary circumstances in this instance are definitely not the norm at Mountain Trek. We also want to thank you for providing suggestions related to the menu items at the lodge.
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BillJKnight wrote a review Sep 2016
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada208 contributions142 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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