Belgium Read-Me

The ultimate Belgium Read-Me


Due to its proximity our most regular climbing destination is Belgium, where we usually stay in the KBF refuge.


Thanks to Ralf for the following link, it's in Dutch but it has all the info you need. Here you can find the latest news of sector closures and the like.

To avoid repeating myself I have outlined most of the information you need to know. If there is anything missing from here then please let me know and I will update this page.


You will find this page handy particularly if you are visiting the KBF Refuge for the first time


The Checklist will also give you some pointers of what you need to pack.


First of all, Belgium is a great place to climb. Travelling time from Amsterdam is about 3hours (though it can take close to 5 if the traffic is bad) and there are many crags all with easy access from the road.


To climb in Belgium you need to be a member of an affiliated climbing organisation, check the KBF website for specifics.

Some federations included are Netherlands NKBV, Scotland MCofS, British BMC and of course the Belgium KBF.


One thing to bear in mind is that the NKBV have more restrictions placed on them than most:


The official situation is this:

  • NKBV members have no automatic rights to climb at Belgian crags
  • Permission is only granted to members who have an additional klimjaarkaart (20euro)
  • Klimjaarkaart members can climb at Freyr, Beez, Hotton, Dave, Sy, Durnal, les Awirs, Pont-a-Lesse / Rochers du Castel.
  • NKBV members have absolutely no permission at all to climb at Yvoir / Paradou.

For more information. See KBF management and permission info or NKBV info.


When visiting the crags you MUST take your membership card. Although they do not always check, if they do check and you are card-less you WILL be asked to leave, the crags are all private property so you do not have automatic rights.


If you're not a member of a climbing federation then please let the event organiser know a long time in advance so this can be taken into consideration.


Make sure you take a look at the Checklist for a list of essential items you’ll need to bring. Of particular importance is a helmet, whilst not compulsory rather ridiculous looking they are definitely worth investing in. Personally I never climb without one and it is the first thing I put on when I arrive at the crag.



Accommodation in Belgium is usually at the Chevee hut or Refuge which is set in the Belgium countryside and run by the KBF. There are dormitories of various sizes with bunk beds which are basic but comfortable.


N.B. The refuge does NOT provide bed clothes, so you will need to take either a sleeping bag or duvet or similar.


Camping at the refuge is also possible; there is a small field out the back suitable for camping.


The prices of the refuge can be seen from their website and it cheaper for club members (that includes affiliated clubs). They will provide breakfast, packed lunch and dinner if booked in advance.  You will need to discuss the plan with your event organiser.

N.B. The Chevee hut only accepts cash



There is a large trekkers-kitchen which for a small fee is available for you to cook your own meals. They have all the necessary equipment, pots pans etc - though they do lack sharp knives and chopping boards. Don't forget you need to bring all the food you need (incl condiments) plus washing up liquid and a tea towel. 


N.B. Do not bring your own wine or beer. The bar is fully stocked with both at very reasonable prices.


Well I think this covers most of it, the refuge is a great place with a friendly atmosphere and a bar stocked full of some lovely Belgium beers :-)

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Comment by Daniel on November 3, 2014 at 8:57

Excellent info Bruno - thanks.

Comment by Bruno on November 2, 2014 at 12:11

Another hut which is quite closer from Hotton, Sy and Durbuy, if you want to climb there:
It is run by the NKVB, and works in a similar way as the Chevee hut: bunk bed dorms, kitchen to cook your own food, drink to be purchased at the bar, friendly atmosphere...
Last summer we could even make our own BBQ outside the hut next to the river.

Comment by Bruno on November 2, 2014 at 12:09

It is possible to climb in Marche les Dames, with a valid alpine club membership and your personal ID, Saturday or Sunday. When you arrive you leave those documents at the guards, and get them back when you leave. 

I went several time there, many routes in the 5 grade are quite polished, but harder routes are oke.

A part of the area is dedicated to climbing training so it might also get busy sometime

Nevertheless, it is worth to try, and if you realize it doesn't suit you, Beez is not so far away, as a backup plan

Comment by Daniel on May 1, 2013 at 9:54

I think so but only on Sundays and you need some sort of ID.

It's also not supposedto be very nice, polished from all the soldiers big big boots :)

Comment by Carmen on April 30, 2013 at 22:27

Anyone knows if we are allowed climb on the crags of Marche-les-Dames?

Comment by Daniel on July 23, 2012 at 11:24

Thx Carmen.

Comment by Carmen on July 23, 2012 at 8:31
Update for 2012

Climbing areas:
Plain des Fosses/Rocher de la Naussée
Carrière des Awirs
Grands Malades
Pont à Lesse/Rochers du Castel
Yvoir (Le Paradou)


* means it is not allowed for groups, only for individuals.
Comment by Carmen on February 21, 2012 at 14:18

the link to the NKBV info doesnt work, it should be now!

Comment by Hans ter Wal on April 18, 2011 at 15:48

As of 2011:


  • Les Awirs (Carrière des Awirs), beheerd door CAB
  • Fréyr (Rochers de Fréyr), beheerd door CAB
  • Beez (Rochers de Beez), beheerd door CAB
  • Dave (Rochers de Néviau), beheerd door CAB
  • Durnal (Carrière de Durnal), beheerd door KBF
  • Hotton (Rochers du Renissart), beheerd door KBF
  • Yvoir (Rochers du Paradou/Fidevoye), beheerd door KBF
  • Pont à Lesse (Rochers du Castel de Pont à Lesse), beheerd door KBF
Comment by Dave on November 24, 2010 at 17:30
For individuals, no, though they make the point that numbers are limited. Groups are supposed to let the NKBV know, though it's an open question whether we're a group or just a collection of individuals going to the same place.

BTW. To order the klimjaarkaart you have to be a member of the NKBV, and take out their insurance.
Comment by Daniel on November 24, 2010 at 17:13
Dave, do you still have to notify the KBF to reserve your place at the crag?
Comment by Daniel on November 24, 2010 at 17:12
Thanks for that Dave.
Comment by Dave on November 24, 2010 at 17:05
The NKBV have just posted an update regarding the klimjaarkaart. A number of things have changed:

- a card for 2011 now costs 15 euros;
- holders don't have to notify the NKBV any longer if they plan to climb at a location;
- kilmjaarkaart holders can now climb at Yvoir/Paradou, and at Pont a Lesse.

Dan, could you update the above info so it's up-to-date? Cheers.

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