The highest spots in Belgium are to be found on the plateau of the High Fens, in the very east of the country. The region lies between Ardennes and Eifel and consists mainly of raised bogs, low grass- or wood-covered hills, moorland and forest. The highest point is Signal de Botrange, at a very modest 694 m. Despite its relatively low altitude, the area catches and retains quite a bit of moisture, which gives rise to temperatures that are lower than anywhere else in the country, by a substantial margin.
In winter there is often a quick succession of colder and warmer periods, and during cold snaps a snow cover of 20-50 cm (or more) can quickly, but temporarily, build up. During one of these cold snaps I spend a weekend snowshoeing and bivouacking the area around Baraque Michel. Temperatures are fairly steady between -4°C and -1°C, and snow lies 30-40 cm thick. The first day is rather bleak and foggy, but on the second day the sun gradually comes out and unveils a fairy-tale winter landscape!
Report > Belgium 2019: High Fens