Stage 1: Kattevennen (Genk) – Pietersheim (Lanaken): 23,8 km

You mainly walk through extensive forests in the southern foothills of the Kempen Plateau. You cross or walk along some crystal clear streams and sometimes you feel a small touch of Haspengouw. This stage connects three "Gates to the National Park": Kattevennen, Lieteberg (1 km from the trail) and Pietersheim, once a seigniory of the Princes of Mérode. An important part of this hike coincides with the legendary GR 5.

Download the GPX of stage 1 here.

Vlog Stage 1

Our vlogger Pedro hiked stage 1 and tells you all about it in this video.