Mullerthal

Impressive rock formations, wide landscapes and deep deciduous forests form the scenery for an unforgettable bikepackingweekend. The Mullerthal region has not stolen its name as Luxembourg's little Switzerland. We are sure you will fond memories of this weekend for a long time!

The Mullerthal region, with Echternach as its capital, is a true gem for the mountainbiker. Slaloming between imposing rock formations and enjoying wide landscapes, you forget that you have arrived at just 250 kilometers from Brussels. The continuously changing landscape on this route makes you fall from one surprise into the another. Whoever goes for altimeters will surely enjoy these two days!

Mullerthal has many sights. While planning this weekend we tried to include this sights as much as possible in the route. The result, a perfect mix of nature and culture. But enjoying peace and nature remains the most important goal, also during this trip.

De bikepacking tocht heeft een totale lengte van 124 km, verdeeld over een avond en twee dagen. Je overnacht in jeugdherbergen waar we ontbijten. Lunch en diner bereiden we zelf voor onderweg. Als bikepacker neem je je bagage mee op avontuur. Trailgrip helpt u hier graag bij en wij adviseren u over de beste aanpak. Investing in special bike packing bags is not yet a must, we offer you the opportunity to rent bike packing bags from us at a favorable rate for participants.

Two weeks before the start of the journey, Trailgrip organizes an information evening. On this evening you will get a extensive briefing and we will give you lots of bikepacking tips. If you have rented bike packing bags you will receive them on the information evening.

DAY 1

Ettelbruck - Beaufort | 25 km - 497hm

Place of appointment is Ettelbruck train station, Friday evening at 8 pm. We check the loaded bikes and after a short briefing we start the evening ride of 25 kilometers. We leave Ettelbruck along the Sauer river. The flat and car-free towpath makes it ideal for a nice chat and an introduction.

With our legs loose, we climb after 15 kilometers out of the valley of the Sauer towards Beaufort. A steep climb and some nice views later we reach the youth hostel on unpaved forest roads. The first challenge completed!

DAY 2

Beaufort - Echternach | 44 km - 1040hm

The adventure can begin! And you can take that literally. The route immediately dives unpaved deep into the valley of the Sauer. Before you know you'll be climbing out of the valley again accompanied by amazing rock formations on either side. At various viewpoints we catch our breath and then continue through a wooded area to the amphitheater "Breechkaul" and the cave "Hohllay" ... Time for lunch!

Provided with the necessary energy, we cycle through the beautiful canyon of the "Aesbech". We use our best cycling techniques as we maneuver over rocks, stairs and bridges. Along the way we stop at beautiful sights such as the giant rock "Perekop" and the steep gorge "Wolfsschlucht".

Further on we are treated to a nice view over the town of Echternach after which we descend into the valley and visit the center. After a refreshing drink we loosen up our legs towards the lake of Echternach where our youth hostel is located.

DAY 3

Echternach - Ettelbruck | 55 km - 1293hm

A mix of sightseeing and adventure in beautiful surroundings is also today on the program. We warm up along the shores of Lake Echternach, after which our route goes steeply up. The climbing is rewarded by a beautiful wooded area where we can enjoy pure nature on unpaved paths.

We exchange the forest for fields after which we descend to the village of Bech. The route takes us through an old railway tunnel to the "Kalktufbron" and the waterfall "Schiessentümpel". This waterfall in the river Zwarte Erns, the symbol of the region, is a perfect spot for a picnic.

We continue on unpaved paths through the valley of the Zwarte Erns until we exchange it for the valley of the Halerbaach. A beautiful small river that takes us to the garden of the Beaufort castle.

A varied trail of forest and meadows with some tough descents takes us back to Ettelbruck. Reminiscing about and recovering from this adventure, we raise our glasses one last time under the tower of the Sint-Sebastiaan Chruch.

Start and endpoint

Start and end point of this trip is the railway station of Ettelbruck. This base was chosen because of its easy accessibility by train from Belgium.

If you wish to come by car, you can park at the free P+R parking near the railway station.

Overnights

At Trailgrip travel, adventure and nature share a common leading role. Where we invariably go for "Back to basics" adventures for the majority of our adventures, we are looking for a little more luxury in Mullerthal.

We find a good mix between adventure and luxury in the youth hostels of Beaufort and Echternach.

After your online reservation, we will check whether the youth hostels still have rooms available in the period you have chosen. If this is not the case, we will contact you to search a new date or an alternative place to stay.

Meals

Who sports needs energy! Trailgrip provides decent freeze-dried meals and some energy snacks for on the road. Be sure you can take enough water with you, for example bicycle drinkbottles or a Camelbak. It is useful if these are already filled on departure. Along the road there are several possibilities to fill them with tap water.

Necessities

As a participant you must have the following equipment. We are happy to advise you on a possible purchase. Or maybe you can borrow certain things from friends or family?

  • A decent mountain bike
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Spoon and cup
  • Cycling clothing and shoes
  • Extra inner tube
  • Drinking bottle and / or CamelBak
  • Bicycle lighting and head lamp

Start bikepacking can take a serious bite out of your budget. That is why we offer our participants the opportunity to rent bikepacking bags. During the online reservation you can indicate which items you wish to rent.

You will receive a detailed packing list two weeks before the start of the trip during an information evening.

Insurance

Each participant of a trip organized by Trailgrip must be insured for the full duration of the trip for physical accidents, legal assistance and civil liability.

Trailgrip recommends the insurance of the Vlaamse Wielerbond - VWB for this. In addition to insurance, membership of the VWB offers various advantages. Your membership with the VWB is fully or partially reimbursed by various health insurance companies. More info

Cancellation

You can cancel your booking up to 30 days before departure. You get the amount paid back with deduction of 5% administration costs.

For cancellations between 30 and 7 days before departure, we will deduct 25% from the amount paid. Cancellation of the trip from 7 days before departure cannot be refunded.

More info, see terms and conditions.

Included

The items below are included in the price and are provided by Trailgrip.

  • Two nights in youth hostels
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday afternoon *
  • A supper on Saturday evening *
  • 8 energy bars for each participant
  • Tea and coffee
  • Use of cooking equipment
  • Use of bicycle repair tools
  • Mapped out mountain bike tours
  • Daily briefings
  • Professional advice and guidance

* The meals we take on the road consist of freeze-dried food. This is the perfect solution for trips where the volume and weight of the luggage play an important role. The offer is large, the quality and taste varying. The Trailgrip team has put together a delicious selection for the participants based on experience.

Not included

The items below are not included in the price.

  • Traveling to and from the starting point
  • Insurance (see practical information)
  • Renting bikepacking-bags
  • Mountainbike
  • Personal cycling equipment (see practical information)

Price

€ 265.00 p.p.

participants per booking

Minimal 4 - Maximal 6

Start and endpoint

Railway station Ettelbruck

Overnights

Youth hostel x 2

Total distance

124.00 kilometer

Total ascent

2830 meter

Technical level

Condition

Luxury level

Available periods

  • 14-04-2023 - 16-04-2023 (6)
  • 28-04-2023 - 30-04-2023 (6)
  • 26-05-2023 - 28-05-2023 (6)
  • 16-06-2023 - 18-06-2023 (6)
  • 23-06-2023 - 25-06-2023 (6)
  • 08-09-2023 - 10-09-2023 (6)
  • 15-09-2023 - 17-09-2023 (6)
  • 22-09-2023 - 24-09-2023 (6)
  • 29-09-2023 - 01-10-2023 (6)

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