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Grands Malades (Namur) guided via ferrata

Grands Malades via ferrata
Grands Malades via ferrata
Grands Malades via ferrata
Grands Malades via ferrata
Grands Malades via ferrata

Christophe, Belgian rock climbing instructor, invites you to a half day technical via ferrata program in the beautiful rocks of Grands Malades (Namur).

Private and Group

1/2 Day

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




By the Meuse river (Maas river), between Beez and Namur, we find the Rocks of Les Grands Malades. This place in Belgium used to be exploited to get blue rock (Namur rock), but today it is restored as a beautiful green area.

I invite you to a fun half-day of via ferrata in Les Grands Malades. Here we find a technical and varied route, including suspended bridges. There are also ascending and descending vertical sections, a vertiginous zip line, and an abseiling descent at the end. Besides, it’s possible to combine it with some rock climbing for the other half of the day, also in Les Grands Malades.

This is one of my favorite programs to guide because:
– The itinerary is technical, varied, and aerial
– It’s possible to combine it with some easy rock climbing.
– It’s easy to get there and there is convenient parking

Les Grands Malades is a great option if you want to learn some basics to get autonomy. For example, how to use the equipment correctly and respect the security rules, how to belay your partner with a rope on a vertical section, or how to use the rope when partners are climbing together. If you also want to learn some rescue techniques we can talk about spending a full day.

For this rather technical itinerary, it is preferable to have a strong upper body. It is necessary to be in great physical shape in general as we will hang from our arms at times, upper body strength is important. You need to have previous via ferrata experience or to climb with a min level of 5b. If you don’t have this, we recommend you the Via ferrata of Pont à Lesse which is suitable for beginners.

We will be in the area of Namur. If you are in the area for several days, we can also do some rock climbing in Beez or Durnal. Or if you prefer to do only via ferrata, we can go to Pont a Lesse or Landelies.

Did you find this via ferrata program in Grands Malades interesting? Then don’t hesitate and request to book this trip! I am sure you will enjoy this technical route in a beautiful environment. 

If you are fast and if you still have energy after doing the via ferrata, we can do some abseiling and/or initiation to rock climbing.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

- If you are not a member of an alpine club, you will have to pay the access to the rock (10€ for adults, 5€ under 18 years old).

- Equipment rental is 5€ per person (harness, helmet, quickdraws, rope, belaying device, via ferrata sets).

Both the insurance and the equipment rental will be paid on the spot.



There are hotels, lodges and campings nearby.

More info

  • If conditions are favorable, we can also practice via ferrata during the rest of the year.
  • Try to book at least 5 days before via ferrata days.
  • This via Ferrata requires a first experience in via Ferrata (or to climb at min 5b), a very good physical shape, strength and endurance in the arms and not to be afraid of the height.
  • From 15 years old
  • If you come with a larger group, I'll be coming with another rock climbing instructor.
  • Equipment: good trekking shoes, warm clothes and rain jacket (depending on the forecast), picnic, water, ID card, and your own technical material if you have it (if not, you can rent it with me).

Meeting point

Parking on right of "Belisol". There is public transport around.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have to cancel the spot(s) I've booked for an open group tour?

I wish I did the via ferrata at Les Grands Malades by myself, but I need the equipment. Can you provide this?

Can I join a group?

Can children join the activity?

Do I need to have experience to join the activity? What fitness level must I have?

What are the extra expenses to cover?

What equipment do I need to take with me?

About the guide

Gauthier and his team of IFMGA/UIMLA-certified mountain guides & leaders and rock climbing instructors (Anabelle, Andrea, Andrej, Claire, Christophe, Daniel, Elis, Enrico, Etienne, François, Guillaume, Ivan, Jessy, Julia, Mathis, Mitja, Olivier, and Robin) are some of the top outdoor adventure professionals in Europe.

Whether you wish to climb some of the best mountains in the Alps or go on an exciting bouldering adventure in Fontainbleau, among other amazing options, they will be able to show you the top spots and the ropes to ensure you have an unforgettable and safe adventure.

Gauthier will be your main point of contact during the booking process and will be able to help you with all the questions you have in order to make sure you receive the best possible guiding service.

Pick one of the programs featured for E-S Adventure Guides and start planning an awe-inspiring experience in the mountains!


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What people are saying about this trip

Cédric Lapage


September, 2023

Super organisation, très conciliants pour trouver des solutions, magnifique site des Grands Malades, et excellent boulot de Willy, bonne ambiance garantie en sécurité et très pro. Encore un tout grand merci Willy et Gauthier pour l'organisation!

Magali Ronsmans


June, 2022

Christophe a fait preuve d'une belle patience, de beaucoup de psychologie et d'une excellente capacité d'adaptation, c'était top ! Merci !

Marianne Bellens


November, 2021

Dommage de recevoir des infos en anglais et d'avoir une quantité de mails pour une activité qui pourrait être organisée très simplement... Sinon, l'activité en elle-même était très chouette :-) Merci

Viktor Budín


August, 2021

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Ibolya Kovacs


July, 2021

I am very pleased to have booked with this group.👍 All of my mails have been answered in no-time, I felt really safe on the rock and the atmosfere of the whole group helped a lot not to mind stressing. 🙏 Will be back for more😁😁🤩

Sebastian Blazejczyk


May, 2021

That was really great experience, exciting and with right, proffesional staff. That was a pleasure



April, 2021

Great experience with Ann-Laure and Melanie. We went on this climbing trip with kids from 6 to 11. Ann-Laure and Melanie were very tactful, encouraging and empowering them all. The whole family felt so proud to have been able to challenge ourselfves out of our comfort zone! Although the group was mixed in age, we all enjoyed the experience together - definitely a family hit!

Hannelore Brijs


October, 2020

We hadden een prachtige dag! Christophe was een fantastische gids die ons wist gerust te stellen tijdens de toch-niet-zo-gemakkelijke via ferrata. Het was een heel fijn avontuur, met mooie foto's ter herinnering.

Martin Detournay


July, 2018

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Ines Machado


June, 2018

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Flo Thy


May, 2018

Superbe journée en Via Ferrata du coté de Namur, encadrement pro et très sympathique, je recommande  :)

Fabrice Mous


May, 2018

As of group of 4 guys we wanted to be more skilled in via ferrata. I approached Christophe and asked him if he could learn us some safety techniques to prepare ourselves for via ferrata in the Alps. We learned rope and knot techniques and a solid base on how you be (relatively more) safe in the mountains. Something we noticed later on when were doing the via ferrata is that all the training and theory came back in our via ferrata trip. Training and real practice were excellently combined and all theoretical topics were practiced for real. We found that Christophe has excellent knowledge transferring skills. Finally, Christophe is a very social and likeable dude and we immediately said we wanted to do a follow up on this trip with him. So very, very highly recommended if you are looking to learn something on climbing and mountaineering.




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