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Hiking the Escapardenne-Eislek Trail in the Ardennes (5 days)

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Join Olivier, a UIMLA Mountain Leader, on a 5-day hike along the beautiful Escapardenne - Eislek Trail in the Ardennes.


5 Days

Apr - Nov




* Hike along a beautiful, world-renowned European trail

* Visit sights with centuries worth of history

* Enjoy nice meals and comfortable accommodation along the way


Come along with me on an unforgettable 5-day hiking tour along the Escapardenne-Eislek Trail in the Ardennes. This trail has earned the “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe” award – and for good reason. The beautiful scenery and the knowledge that centuries of history played out in this area make this a hike to remember.

What to expect

Over the 5 days, we’ll cover around 100 kilometers of territory. We’ll average around 5-6 hours of walking per day and cover between 16 to 25 kilometers daily. We’ll also cross the border from Luxembourg to Belgium. On the way, we’ll explore the Ardennes plateau, the Tailles plateau, and the Wiltz basin.

The trip 

Our trip begins in Kautenbach, Luxembourg, and ends in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium. Along the trail, we will hike up high plateaus, enjoy spectacular views, then hike through the deep valleys. We’ll also pass through historic world war sites. There will be many points along the trail where we’ll hear very little noise from the outside. In these areas, we’ll be able to walk peacefully with just the sounds of nature.

Don’t miss out on this unique experience to hike one of the most beautiful trails in Europe. Request to join one of my upcoming group tours, and we’ll be seeing each other in Wiltz, ready to hike.

While you’re in the area, why not check out this great 2-day hike of the Hubert Forest in the Ardennes.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Luggage transfer

Price details

This is the per person price to join one of my group tours.

The price includes half-board accommodation, midday picnics, baggage transfer, the transfer at the end of the stay to Wiltz or the nearest station, and the services of a tour guide during the stay.

The price does not include cancellation and/or assistance insurance, transportation to the meeting place, and from the place of separation, transfer by train from Wiltz to Kautenbach, drinks during and after meals, and possible visits to museums, castles, monuments.


Day 1: Kautenbach - Clervaux: 22.5 km

We’ll begin hiking at 9 am from Klautenback on the crayfish path to  Schibberich before falling back into the valley. Then we will continues in the direction of Lellingen and head to a viewpoint where you can admire the Kischpelt.
We can also stop at the village of Lellingen. Then, we will take the asphalt path on the left side of the railway line, pass through the “Geeslay” rock, and reach the villages of Wilwerwiltz and Enscherange.
After an ascent on the plateau near Enscherange, magnificent views of the Kiischpelt arise. Passing through the copses near the “Walber” hill, you continue your way towards the Irbach valley. Finally, the hike goes over the “Nol” bridge, where it is possible to reach the village of Munshausen, to finally reach the Clervaux station.
5h30 walk M + 683m / D – 819.

Day 2: Clervaux - Asselborn: 19 km

We’ll follow the creek from Clervaux, upstream, covering a vast ecological restoration area to the Beischend forest. We’ll pass war memorials and take in views around Troisvierges and Sassel. Finally, we’ll follow the valley of the brook Troine to it’s source-the mill of Asselborn. We’ll finish up the day there.

5h00 walk M + 558 / D – 532

Day 3: Asselborn - Houffalize: 21.5 km

First, we’ll cross valleys and natural and protected areas. One particular highlight includes Hoffelt, near the remains of the canal between Meuse and Moselle. We’ll then cross over into Belgium and we’ll explore picturesque villages and forests. After five hours of walking, our day will end in the city of Houffalize.

5h00 walk M + 318 / D – 397

Day 4: Houffalize - Nadrin: 21.5 km

On our penultimate day, we’ll leave Houffalize and quickly return to the forest before arriving at the valley of Nabiselle. We will then return to the plateau, grazing the village of Bonnerue, and reach the mill of Rensiwez. A small forest crossing will take us to the banks of the Ourthe. Later that day, we’ll reach the Nisramont Dam. We’ll end our day in Nadrin.

5h30 walk M + 714 / D – 661

Day 5: Nadrin - La Roche-en-Ardenne: 17 km

On the last day, we’ll explore the Celtic site of Chesle as we make our way to our final destination La Roche-en-Ardenne. As we hike, we’ll pass through the village of Bérismenil, the small hamlet of Maboge and Borzée. Our trip will end in La Roche-en-Ardenne.

5h30 walk M + 564 / D – 732



More info

A physical training

To fully enjoy your trip, do not forget to keep in shape once a week by walking (about 15 km) if possible on a route with a drop in height (250 m / h) or by practicing a sporting activity (1 hour to 1h30).

For this trip, you will need both a backpack to be worn during the walk of about 30-40 litres and a travel bag with a padlock, flexible and solid 15 kg maximum, preferably with a side zipper for easy access to hold the rest of your belongings. We recommend you bring the following items: - A cap or a hat - Sunglasses (index 3 minimum, 4 for the high mountains) - A rain cape - Breathable underwear (quick drying) - A waterproof and breathable Goretex jacket - T-shirts - A pair of gloves - Detachable trousers at mid-leg - Thermal tights (depending on the season) - A swimsuit - Spare clothes - Walking socks - A pair of sandals - A pair of waterproof hiking boots - A pair of spare laces - A toilet bag and a towel - A gourd (or water pouch gourd, pipette) - Wet towels type wipes - Toilet paper - A pocket knife (pack in your hold luggage) - Some plastic bags to protect your belongings - A needle and thread - walking sticks. - Survival blanket - Lighter - Camera - Travel books - Disposable lenses or emergency glasses - A headlamp and batteries - A bag of dirty clothes to separate with clean linen - Anti-theft pouch and documents - Passport (or identity card) - Visa according to the country - Certificate of any vaccinations and medical indications - Currencies, credit card - Assistance and insurance contract - Personal papers

Meeting point

Wiltz, Luxembourg


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Le Presbytère Houffalize Belgium
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Hotel des Ardennes Houffalize Belgium
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Hotel d'Europe Houffalize Belgium
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About the guide

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E-S Adventure Guides



Mountain 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.

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We had an incredible trek with Olivier!

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