Escapardenne Eislek Trail

Duration: 7 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Complete one of the 'Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe'
> Literally cross the border
> A true escape on foot in the Ardennes

In the Luxembourg and Belgium Ardennes, you will find two of the ‘Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe’, namely the Lee Trail and the Eislek Trail. These two hikes together are called the Escapardenne Trail. This 159 kilometer long hike is divided into the relatively short Lee Trail. This hike is only 53 kilometers, which can be hiked in 3 days. The remaining 106 kilometers are part of the Eislek Trail.

The Escapardenne Eislek Trail is probably the best-known trail in the Benelux among hikers who want to train for a real hut-to-hut hike in the Alps, and is even sometimes compared to the GR20 on Corsica. Indeed, the deeply incised valleys provide a good number of altimeters in one of the rougher parts of the Ardennes.

The Eislek Trail is the second part of the Escapardenne Trail and runs from Kautenbach to La Roche-en-Ardenne, in 106 kilometers. This is a long-distance trail that connects the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with the Walloon province of Luxembourg. So it crosses borders, and not just literally!

In this hike you will again find a lot of variation in the surroundings and you will have considerable ascents and descents. In addition, in this route you will find a compelling history, and the dream of William of Orange is vividly told. It is also possible to take the via ferrata here, if you dare.



Arrival in Kautenbach

Today you will have to make your way to Kautenbach. Here, you will spend the night preparing for your Escapardenne Eislek Trail adventure.

Hotel Huberty Kautenbach (Kautenbach)

Hotel Huberty Kautenbach (Kautenbach)

Kautenbach - Clervaux

Duration: 08:45 h
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 820 m
Descent: 660 m
Lowest Point: 260 m
Highest Point: 470 m
At the station of Kautenbach you will find the starting point of the Escapardenne Eislek Trail. You start right away with a tough first hiking day, so make sure you leave on time. Soon, after a steep climb, you have a beautiful panoramic view of Kautenbach. Soon you pass the campsite of the same name. After this, the trail leads you past Schüttburg, a castle 85 meters above the valley of the Clerve. The trail continues in the direction of Lellingen over which you have beautiful views just before you descend. You walk a short distance along the railroad track, and this gives you the opportunity to also take a look at Lellingen itself. You continue along the Geeslay rock and walk past the villages of Wilwerwiltz and Enscherange. You continue on forest paths towards Drauffelt, then walk through the Irbich valley. A little further on you have the first beautiful views of the St. Mauritius Abbey of Clervaux, which is getting closer and closer. After a descent you will reach the overnight location for tonight, in Clervaux.

Koener Hotel & Spa (Clervaux)

Koener Hotel & Spa (Clervaux)

Clervaux - Moulin d'Asselborn

Duration: 06:50 h
Distance: 19.6 km
Ascent: 480 m
Descent: 470 m
Lowest Point: 370 m
Highest Point: 500 m
Today you leave Clervaux behind, and follow the trail towards the mysterious forest of Beischend. Along the route you will find several memorials, such as a plane shot down by "Friendly Fire" or the Cinqfontaines, and an old monastery built at the beginning of the 20th century. The Troine River is one of the last Luxembourg rivers you will see along the way. It is almost completely in its natural state. Following the path to the source of this river, the mill of Asselborn appears on the horizon. In this mill, in addition to a hotel and restaurant, you will find an art gallery and mill museum. In addition, you can witness the operation of the water mill.

Domaine du Moulin d'Asselborn (Moulin d’Asselborn)

Domaine du Moulin d'Asselborn (Moulin d’Asselborn)
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  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Escapardenne Trail in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive Escapardenne Trail hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire Escapardenne Trail trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.


  • What and Where Is the Escapardenne?

  • Do I Do the Lee Trail or the Eislek Trail?

  • What Is the Best Season for the Escapardenne Trail?

  • Getting to and From the Escapardenne Trail

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