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8 days of borderless hiking in the Ardennes – the Lee & Éislek Trail

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8 days of borderless hiking in the Ardennes – the Lee & Éislek Trail

Hiking Collection by Éislek

7-15

days

3-6 h

/ day

98.9 mi

14,300 ft

14,150 ft

The 100-mile-long (160 km) Escapardenne Trail is a beautiful border hike connecting Luxembourg and Belgium. Acknowledged as a “Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe,” the long-distance hiking trail winds its way through the Belgium-Luxembourg Ardennes’ rocky slate landscape, passing picturesque castles, idyllic rivers and impressive viewpoints along the way.

In this Collection, we guide you through the region’s unique landscape in the best way – on foot. Over the course of 8 stages, you’ll follow two wonderful hiking trails along the Escapardenne – the Lee Trail and the Eislek Trail.

On three stages, you’ll follow the Lee Trail as it leads you just over 30 miles (50 km) from Luxembourg's Ettelbrück to Kautenbach. Here, the trail joins its big brother, the Eislek Trail. The serene calm and fragrant coniferous forests will make you completely forget daily life as you follow the 60-mile-long (100 km) trail from Kautenbach to the Belgian La Roche-en-Ardenne.

You can either hike the two trails separately, combine both together, or even just choose to do a few daily stages. The Escapardenne is well-connected to the railway network so it’s easy to reach the start and endpoints.

As you hike, you’ll come across picturesque villages where you can find refreshments. The hikes also finish in a place with hiking-friendly accommodation. If you do not want to carry your luggage yourself, you can also arrange a luggage service from hotels.

The region is also perfect for camping. As well as excellent campsites, you can find wild camping spots in the Parc Naturel des Deux Ourthes in Belgium on stage 4 and 5. Here, you can pitch your tent in the middle of the beautiful nature. Just be sure to follow the regulations and pack all your rubbish when you leave the next morning.

The Escapardenne is a dreamy place to hike, get out there and enjoy the tranquil paths and nature up-close. Allons-y!

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Lee & Eislek Trail

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14,200 ft

14,075 ft

Last updated: December 7, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Ettelbruck nach Bourscheid-Moulin – Lee Trail

    Difficult
    05:24
    11.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Always close to the railway connection between Luxembourg and Troisvierges, the Lee Trail awaits you, a long-distance hiking trail with a lot of original nature, tranquility and numerous rock ridges - by the way, Lee is Luxembourgish for rock ridge, so the name of the trail fits perfectly. The first

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    12.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,550 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 2 on the Lee Trail takes you in an exciting up and down from Bourscheid-Moulin on almost 20 kilometers to Hoscheid. From here the path leads you upstream along the Sauer.

    

    Then you leave the valley and climb up to the village of Bourscheid and the Napoleonsknäppchen viewpoint. We continue to the

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    9.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    2,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    All good things come in threes: The third and final stage on the Lee Trail takes you from Hoscheid to Kautenbach in a relaxed 15 kilometers. Right at the start, it descends into the idyllic Lëtschbaachtal.

    

    Serpentines lead you uphill on the opposite side of the valley - before you descend straight back

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  • Difficult
    07:03
    14.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,500 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Enclosed in a deep valley, washed out by the two rivers Clerve and Wiltz, the village of Kautenbach forms the starting point for the 100 km long Eislek Trail. The first stage of the long-distance hiking trail to Belgium takes you on almost 25 kilometers in a beautiful up and down through the Éislek

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    13.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,600 ft
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    It continues with stage 2 on the Eislek Trail. The 20 kilometer tour takes you from Clervaux to Asselborn-Moulin. Much of the route is accompanied by the Wolz, a tributary of the Sauer.

    

    You leave Clervaux and follow the river upstream. The first few kilometers you roam through a largely renatured area

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    12.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Continue on your hike through the Éislek. On the third stage of the Eislek Trail you hike 20 kilometers on a relatively flat route from Asselborn-Moulin to Houffalize and cross the border from Luxembourg to Belgium.

    

    You start at the mill of Asselborn and walk along the valley to the species-rich nature

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  • Difficult
    06:49
    14.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 4 on the Eislek Trail winds its way from Houffalize to Nadrin on almost 24 kilometers. To warm up it goes uphill through the pretty old town. Once at the top, the path leads you into the forest - time to take a deep breath and enjoy. A little later you will reach the viaduct of the E25 motorway

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    11.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,825 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Final sprint on the Eislek Trail: On the fifth stage of the trail, which is a good 18 kilometers long, you hike from Nadrin to La Roche-en-Ardenne. You leave Nadrin and run partly over forested, steep slopes, partly along the river to the Celtic fortress Cheslé. At the former settlement site you can

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    98.9 mi
  • Duration
    46:56 h
  • Elevation
    14,300 ft14,150 ft

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