Dutch Mountain Trail Seven Summits

Dutch Mountain Trail Seven Summits

This six-day trek offers the complete experience of the Dutch Mountain Trail. This trail starts in Eygelshoven and ends in Maastricht on the sixth day. In total, you will then have hiked 101 kilometres

The first day

This first day starts in Eygelshoven (10 minutes by train from Heerlen station). The first kilometres of the trail give the familiar start-up restlessness as you take in - in a short time - many different impressions. But while walking in the East of Limburg with its geology of mines and coal layers, this restlessness diminishes with every step. In the landscape, you see many watercourses and streams and hilly forest where you can still recognise the coal dust in the upper layer. You climb the Wilhelminaberg (the first summit) and then walk through the built-up area of Kerkrade. The route continues along narrow strips of forest and streams, such as the Anstelerbeek. You also see an old mine shaft as the landscape gradually changes. Around you, you see more agriculture and more space. The trail continues towards the German village of Horbach and, unnoticed, you climb a plateau where wind turbines and remnants of the Sigfried Line alternate. At wind turbine no. 8, you leave the trail and turn right onto Akerweg. After 1.5 km you arrive in Bocholtz where you take the bus to Eikhold. The first day and 20 km of hiking on the Dutch Mountain Trail is over!

Strijthagen, foto: Femke Mooij
Strijthagen, photo: Femke Mooij
Foto: Femke Mooij, Kattenroth
Photo: Femke Mooij, Kattenroth

The fourth day

The fourth day starts in Gulpen at bus stop Oude Geul (35 minutes by bus from Eikhold) and starts with a pleasant climb to Gulpenerberg. You are then right at altitude to face a fantastic hike from there. First you descend through a meadow and then the route slowly climbs along surprising forest edges, with beautiful views of Vijlen and Aachen.
Through gates, you walk along the forest edge and cross the forest to the hamlet of Bissen. The route continues to Eperheide and offers several views. You are now in the Voer region overlooking the Ardennes. A real mountain experience!

Climbing the Hakkenberg starts here and you end up in Wallonia where you descend on a sharply descending hollow road with limestone slopes. The route passes through an ancient landscape, until above Teuven. Via a small stretch of asphalt road, you then continue down another hollow road until you reach the small river Gulp. Via farm tracks, you pass Nurop and re-enter Dutch territory. At a triangle with a tree and a prayer statue, you then walk the last kilometre to Slenaken. There you can take the bus that takes you back to Eikhold in 45 minutes.

The second day

The second day starts in Bocholtz (35 minutes by bus from Natuurvriendhuis Eikhold) and runs via the - just in Germany - village of Orsbach over the chalky plateau of the Schneeberg. This is a southern slope that with sunshine gives beautiful views as far as the Eifel and the Ardennes. The descent then begins via the Vaalser Quartier and the climb to the Vaalserberg starts. From the highest three-country point (once even a four-country point), the route continues on a path through woodland and a descent through meadows and along forest edges. Enjoying the landscape with unexpectedly beautiful views, you leave the Holsetterbos and then also the route. Via the pretty village of Oud Holset, you walk back to the bus stop in Lemiers which takes you back to Eikhold in 30 minutes.

Vijlnerbos, foto: Karin Eken
Vijlner forest, photo: Karin Eken
Langs de Maas, foto: Yvette van Eekelen
Along the Meuse, photo: Yvette van Eekelen

The fifth day

On the fifth day, you'll take the express bus to Gulpen in the morning and, via a transfer, be in Slenaken in 40 minutes. Here you walk back to the triangle and continue the Dutch Mountain Trail through a small-scale and hushed landscape. You walk through an old forest on a descending path until you can cross the small river Veurs in Sint Martens Voeren. From there you start the climb to the Kattenroth.

The mountain atmosphere is palpable and the landscape beautiful. The landscape alternates between small-scale agriculture and vistas. Descending through meadows, you return to the Netherlands and end up in a different landscape before the village of Mheer. Over narrow stony paths with lots of marlstone and old flints, you enter the atmosphere of the Meuse. After a short ascent through a meadow, you arrive in Eysden via fruit orchards interspersed with badger setts. By train from Eysden and changing trains in Maastricht, you'll be back in Eikhold in 45 minutes.

The third day

On the third day, in the morning you'll take the bus to Lemiers in 35 minutes and walk via Oud Holset into the Holsetterbos. There you continue the trail where you left it yesterday afternoon. Through the old Vijlnerbosch follows a stretch of ascending and descending forest paths. The forest has a very old and rich variety of biotopes. It is the only part of the Netherlands where mountains influence the climate and provide the first snow in winter.
You could continue to follow the forest area into the Eifel and Haute Fagnes, but during this trail you leave the forest at the small village of Rott to start the descent on a stony road to Wahlwiller. A nice resting point before the climb to the Eyserbos offers the little church where you can enjoy the unique stations (16), painted by Aad de Haas in a deeply human humane handwriting. Via the southern slope above Wahlwiller, you then walk through vineyards and agricultural fields to the start of the Eyserbos. You pass the small hamlet of Piepert, where the peace never fades and where life has the atmosphere of a small farming mountain village. You climb through mountain meadows and emerge at the top of the Eyserbos. You then descend along a stony path to the bottom of Wittum, with Gulpenerberg on the other side of the road. At bus stop Oude Geul you take the bus back to Eikhold (in 35 minutes).

Uitzicht op Ardennen, foto: Yvette van Eekelen
View of Ardennes, photo: Yvette van Eekelen
De ENCI groeve, foto Yvette van Eekelen
The ENCI quarry, photo Yvette van Eekelen

The sixth day

On the sixth and final day, you will take the morning train to Eysden via Maastricht. Check in advance whether the ferry sails across the Meuse to Lanaye. If so, walk from the station through the pretty bourgeois town of Eysden. You can see the town's history from its houses and castle dwellings. Near the Meuse river is the ferry to Lanaye on the Belgian side of the river. Once there, you walk north along the river for several kilometres. Before the Lanaye lock, you walk through a special lagoon landscape of dead arms of the Meuse. Take your time with the birds and discover the toads and tortoises that have their habitat here.

Following the footpath of the sluice gates, continue north until you arrive at the Observant. You begin an exciting ascent of this mountain built of marl gravel. With magnificent views at altitude over the Meuse, the last stretch to the top is a real challenge: a steep slope where a rope gives you support. Mountain hiking boots with good tread will definitely come in handy here - until you reach the top. The seventh summit is in the legs and in your memory!
After descending, you walk past a small ENCI lake to a large quarry that has been freely accessible for a few years. Via the quarry, which gives a special view of the marl and flint layers, you arrive at the Meuse after a short time. There, impressions of the city of Maastricht betray that the tour is at an end. Whether or not after a terrace and a farewell pint, you take the train back to Heerlen.

The first day

This first day starts in Eygelshoven (10 minutes by train from Heerlen station). The first kilometres of the trail give the familiar start-up restlessness as you take in - in a short time - many different impressions. But while walking in the East of Limburg with its geology of mines and coal layers, this restlessness diminishes with every step. In the landscape, you see many watercourses and streams and hilly forest where you can still recognise the coal dust in the upper layer. You climb the Wilhelminaberg (the first summit) and then walk through the built-up area of Kerkrade. The route continues along narrow strips of forest and streams, such as the Anstelerbeek. You also see an old mine shaft as the landscape gradually changes. Around you, you see more agriculture and more space. The trail continues towards the German village of Horbach and, unnoticed, you climb a plateau where wind turbines and remnants of the Sigfried Line alternate. At wind turbine no. 8, you leave the trail and turn right onto Akerweg. After 1.5 km you arrive in Bocholtz where you take the bus to Eikhold. The first day and 20 km of hiking on the Dutch Mountain Trail is over!

Strijthagen, foto: Femke Mooij
Strijthagen, photo: Femke Mooij

The second day

The second day starts in Bocholtz (35 minutes by bus from Natuurvriendhuis Eikhold) and runs via the - just in Germany - village of Orsbach over the chalky plateau of the Schneeberg. This is a southern slope that with sunshine gives beautiful views as far as the Eifel and the Ardennes. The descent then begins via the Vaalser Quartier and the climb to the Vaalserberg starts. From the highest three-country point (once even a four-country point), the route continues on a path through woodland and a descent through meadows and along forest edges. Enjoying the landscape with unexpectedly beautiful views, you leave the Holsetterbos and then also the route. Via the pretty village of Oud Holset, you walk back to the bus stop in Lemiers which takes you back to Eikhold in 30 minutes.

Vijlnerbos, foto: Karin Eken
Vijlner forest, photo: Karin Eken

The third day

On the third day, in the morning you'll take the bus to Lemiers in 35 minutes and walk via Oud Holset into the Holsetterbos. There you continue the trail where you left it yesterday afternoon. Through the old Vijlnerbosch follows a stretch of ascending and descending forest paths. The forest has a very old and rich variety of biotopes. It is the only part of the Netherlands where mountains influence the climate and provide the first snow in winter.
You could continue to follow the forest area into the Eifel and Haute Fagnes, but during this trail you leave the forest at the small village of Rott to start the descent on a stony road to Wahlwiller. A nice resting point before the climb to the Eyserbos offers the little church where you can enjoy the unique stations (16), painted by Aad de Haas in a deeply human humane handwriting. Via the southern slope above Wahlwiller, you then walk through vineyards and agricultural fields to the start of the Eyserbos. You pass the small hamlet of Piepert, where the peace never fades and where life has the atmosphere of a small farming mountain village. You climb through mountain meadows and emerge at the top of the Eyserbos. You then descend along a stony path to the bottom of Wittum, with Gulpenerberg on the other side of the road. At bus stop Oude Geul you take the bus back to Eikhold (in 35 minutes).

Uitzicht op Ardennen, foto: Yvette van Eekelen
View of Ardennes, photo: Yvette van Eekelen

The fourth day

The fourth day starts in Gulpen at bus stop Oude Geul (35 minutes by bus from Eikhold) and starts with a pleasant climb to Gulpenerberg. You are then right at altitude to face a fantastic hike from there. First you descend through a meadow and then the route slowly climbs along surprising forest edges, with beautiful views of Vijlen and Aachen.
Through gates, you walk along the forest edge and cross the forest to the hamlet of Bissen. The route continues to Eperheide and offers several views. You are now in the Voer region overlooking the Ardennes. A real mountain experience!

Climbing the Hakkenberg starts here and you end up in Wallonia where you descend on a sharply descending hollow road with limestone slopes. The route passes through an ancient landscape, until above Teuven. Via a small stretch of asphalt road, you then continue down another hollow road until you reach the small river Gulp. Via farm tracks, you pass Nurop and re-enter Dutch territory. At a triangle with a tree and a prayer statue, you then walk the last kilometre to Slenaken. There you can take the bus that takes you back to Eikhold in 45 minutes.

Foto: Femke Mooij, Kattenroth
Photo: Femke Mooij, Kattenroth

The fifth day

On the fifth day, you'll take the express bus to Gulpen in the morning and, via a transfer, be in Slenaken in 40 minutes. Here you walk back to the triangle and continue the Dutch Mountain Trail through a small-scale and hushed landscape. You walk through an old forest on a descending path until you can cross the small river Veurs in Sint Martens Voeren. From there you start the climb to the Kattenroth.

The mountain atmosphere is palpable and the landscape beautiful. The landscape alternates between small-scale agriculture and vistas. Descending through meadows, you return to the Netherlands and end up in a different landscape before the village of Mheer. Over narrow stony paths with lots of marlstone and old flints, you enter the atmosphere of the Meuse. After a short ascent through a meadow, you arrive in Eysden via fruit orchards interspersed with badger setts. By train from Eysden and changing trains in Maastricht, you'll be back in Eikhold in 45 minutes.

Langs de Maas, foto: Yvette van Eekelen
Along the Meuse, photo: Yvette van Eekelen

The sixth day

On the sixth and final day, you will take the morning train to Eysden via Maastricht. Check in advance whether the ferry sails across the Meuse to Lanaye. If so, walk from the station through the pretty bourgeois town of Eysden. You can see the town's history from its houses and castle dwellings. Near the Meuse river is the ferry to Lanaye on the Belgian side of the river. Once there, you walk north along the river for several kilometres. Before the Lanaye lock, you walk through a special lagoon landscape of dead arms of the Meuse. Take your time with the birds and discover the toads and tortoises that have their habitat here.

Following the footpath of the sluice gates, continue north until you arrive at the Observant. You begin an exciting ascent of this mountain built of marl gravel. With magnificent views at altitude over the Meuse, the last stretch to the top is a real challenge: a steep slope where a rope gives you support. Mountain hiking boots with good tread will definitely come in handy here - until you reach the top. The seventh summit is in the legs and in your memory!
After descending, you walk past a small ENCI lake to a large quarry that has been freely accessible for a few years. Via the quarry, which gives a special view of the marl and flint layers, you arrive at the Meuse after a short time. There, impressions of the city of Maastricht betray that the tour is at an end. Whether or not after a terrace and a farewell pint, you take the train back to Heerlen.

De ENCI groeve, foto Yvette van Eekelen
The ENCI quarry, photo Yvette van Eekelen
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Due to the large number of applications for the DMT, registration is temporarily not possible, so as not to make the waiting list too large.

 

 
  • price for non-NIVON members
  • number of hiking days
  • number of overnight stays
  • hiking guide
  • walking guide
  • bed linen and towel
  • breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Seven Summits

€474
  • price for non-NIVON members€539
  • number of hiking days6
  • number of overnight stays7
  • hiking guide
  • walking guide
  • bed linen and towel
  • breakfast, packed lunch and dinner