75 Best Trekking Quotes for 2021

We love trekking. It is on a trek that you can truly get away from real life and have your world shrunk down to the basics of sleeping, eating and walking. We have gathered the best trekking quotes including mountain trekking quotes, mountaineering trekking quotes, trekking with friends quotes and short trekking quotes so that if you are looking for inspiration for your next trek or for the perfect trekking captions for Instagram we have you covered.

We quit our jobs over 10 years ago and have been travelling ever since. We have made it a point to seek out some of the best trekking around the world from Nepal to Europe to New Zealand, just to name a few. These are some of the quotes on trekking that spoke to us and reminded us of our favourite treks.

Quotes About Trekking

These are some of our favourite general quotes about trekking. They bring across the feeling that we get when we are on a trek.

“Trekking means a travelling experience with a thrilling excitement.”

– Amit Kalantri

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well.”

– Terri Guillemets

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

– Rosalia de Castro

Woman walking on path towards mountain with a quotes about trekking on top
One of our favourite treks was the Tour du Mont Blanc. It usually takes 10 days, each day averages 1,000 metres of elevation gain and loss and the trail travels through France, Italy and Switzerland in a loop around Mont Blanc.

“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot”

― Werner Herzog

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

― Beverly Sills.

Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mountain Trekking Quotes

Trekking in the mountains is when you really get away from civilization. We especially felt this on our treks in Nepal, Bhutan and Peru. These quotes for trekking in the mountains encapsulate that feeling of being surrounded by the mountains in the thin clear air and feeling so small in the grandeur of nature.

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

– Edward Abbey

Man hiking away from mountain with low cloud in front and a mountain trekking quotes on top
We were trekking part of the Three Passes trail on the way to the Gokyo Lakes in Nepal as the cloud chased us up the valley but we eventually climbed above it to see the surrounding mountains.

“You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.”

― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Every mountain has its soul… if the mountain does not accept you & you don’t submit to her will, she will destroy you.”

― Bernadette McDonald, Tomaz Humar

“I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here.”

– Wislawa Szymborska

“The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.”

– Sam Cummings

“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied—it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”

– Ansel Adams

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”

– John Muir

“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”

― Jeffrey Rasley, Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

“Feeling LOW? Go on mountains.”

― Prajakta Mhadnak

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

– Anatoli Boukreev

“Mountains make me believe that nothing can be bigger than nature, not even human ego.”

― Jay Kumar Singh

“Trekkers at high altitudes sometimes sense a person walking a few paces behind them, just out of sight. Often this person is dead. I never feel this, but once or twice I imagine someone walking a little ahead of me.”

― Colin Thubron, To a Mountain in Tibet

“A mountaintop is not simply an elevation, but an island, a world within a world, a place out of place.”

― Paul Gruchow

“Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.”

– Paul D. Boyer

Mountaineering Trekking Quotes

Climbing mountains is a whole other level of trekking. It tests you and your resolve while being one of the more rewarding experiences. If you are looking for mountaineering trekking quotes these are our favourites.

“It is the mountain that has been calling me, and it’s time to answer.”

― Susan Jagannath, Chasing Himalayan Dreams

Picture of man standing in front of pointy mountain with a mountaineering trekking quotes on top
While trekking in the Everest Region we took an extra day to hike to and above the Ama Dablam base camp to get a closeup view of this amazing mountain as the clouds came and went.

“There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest.”

– Alex Lowe

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.”

― Sir Martin Conway.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

– Jack Kerouac

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain, he is inspired by it.”

– William Artur Ward

“As climbers thronged the scope of Everest, the Rupal Face retained its solitude, remaining a formidable oabjective.”

― Bernadette McDonald, Tomaz Humar

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

– Dag Hammarskjold

“When preparing to climb a mountain—pack a light heart.”

– Dan May

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”

 – Greg Child

“Tomaz believed that 80% alpinism was mental and spiritual and that his third eye vision & openness of his mind to the language of the walls were critical”

― Bernadette McDonald, Tomaz Humar

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”

– John Ruskin

“Remember that time spent on a rock climb isn’t subtracted from your life span.”

– Will Niccolls

“Many climbers become writers because of the misconceptions about climbing.”

– Jonathan Waterman

Trekking with Friends Quotes

These trekking quotes with friends work well for Instagram or other social media. They may be friends that you started the trek with or friends that you made on the road but trekking with friends make the hike go faster and the shared memories are invaluable.

“Always hike with someone in worse shape than you.”

“Happiness is hiking with friends.”

Three people with backpacks hiking on road with storm clouds above with a trekking with friends quotes on top
The Camino Frances (the most popular of the pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago) is one of the first long-distance hikes that we had done and we found a ‘camino family’ along the way. It really taught us how close you can get to people that you hike with.

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

“Let’s travel together and get lost in beautiful places.”

“In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.”

– Charles Schulz.

“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.”

– Tim Cahill

“There is a whole world out there. Pack your backpack, your best friend, and go.”

“Good company in a journey makes the way seme shorter.”

– Izaak Walton

“It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you.”

“A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.”

Captions on Trekking and Nature

You may want a caption for trekking pics that combines both trekking and nature. If so, this list is for you. You might also want to check out some of our other lists of quotes and captions about nature including waterfalls, sunsets, forests, rivers, lakes, trees, mountains, the sea and sunsets and sunrises.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

– John Muir

Trekking gets you far away from ‘civilizaton’ and back in touch with nature. The Milford Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, was a 4-day trek through waterfalls and over an amazing pass with views in every direction.

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”

– John Muir

Short Trekking Captions

Choose one of the these short trekking quotes if you want to share your thoughts in a short and sweet caption.

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”

– Nemann Buhl

“Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.”

– Margaret Young

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary

“Hike Your Own Hike.”

The trek to Volcano Acatenango takes you up to stay overnight and watch the sunrise over the very active Volcan Fuego. It’s an experience to remember.

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”

– Ed Viesturs

“After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.”

– George Macauley Trevelyan

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

– John Muir

Long Distance Trekking Quotes

We have done a few long-distance treks including the Everest Base Camp & Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, the Druk Path in Bhutan and the Rota Vicentina in Portugal as well as the Camino de Santiago Frances and Norte. Each time that we trek long enough to settle into the rhythm of daily hiking we realize that we want to do more. These quotes will help inspire you in your own long-distance treks.

“The long distance hiker, a breed set apart, from the likes of the usual pack. He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail; Long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back.”

– M.J. Eberhart

“Never quit on a bad day.”

― Ben Crawford, 2,000 Miles Together

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.”

– Cindy Ross

“The trail was designed to have no end, a wild place on which to be comfortably lost for as long as one desired. In those early days nobody fathomed walking the thing from beginning to end in one go. Section hikes, yes. Day hikes, too. But losing yourself for five months, measuring your body against the earth, fingering the edge of mental and physical endurance, wasn’t the point. The trail was to be considered in sections, like a cow is divided into cuts of beef. Even if you sample every slice, to eat the entire beast in a single sitting was not the point. Before 1948, it wasn’t even considered possible.”

– Ben Montgomery

“Ignore the outside voices telling you you’re doing it wrong; there is no “wrong.” But also watch out for wanting to fit in so badly that you start hiking someone else’s hike”

― Ben Crawford, 2,000 Miles Together

“Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.”

The 10-day Rota Vicentina in Portugal is fairly unique as it is along towering cliffs, on sand dunes and past hidden beaches with stops in traditional Portuguese villages each night. It isn’t well known but should be on every trekkers’ list.

“Under gold clouds, he pushed the limits of my body, setting a faster pace—some days surpassing forty rugged miles, unstopping through morning’s thick peach haze; noon’s warmth; red evening sun.”

– Aspen Matis

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“Within minutes my 115-mile walk through the desert hills becomes a thing apart, a disjunct reality on the far side of a bottomless abyss, immediately beyond physical recollection. But it’s all still there in my heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered. Returned to the mountains with my blessing. It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.”

– Edward Abbey

“I would walk 500 miles.” The Proclaimers

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”

― Cheryl Strayed, Wild

“Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.”

― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“The trail will only provide if you accept its offer. All of it. You must leave home. You must be broken. It will cost you your entire life as you know it. And then, and only then, can you receive. What you receive will be far greater than anything you had or anything you lost. It will change you. It might even heal you.”

― Ben Crawford, 2,000 Miles Together

“Within minutes my 115-mile walk through the desert hills becomes a thing apart, a disjunct reality on the far side of a bottomless abyss, immediately beyond physical recollection. But it’s all still there in my heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered. Returned to the mountains with my blessing. It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.”

― Edward Abbey, Beyond the Wall

“A significant fraction of thru-hikers reach Katahdin, then turn around and start back to Georgia. They just can’t stop walking, which kind of makes you wonder.”

― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

“None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with. Walk alone, across mountains or through forests. You are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greenery. You are no longer a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind. When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. Always the same thing to do all day: walk. But the walker who marvels while walking (the blue of the rocks in a July evening light, the silvery green of olive leaves at noon, the violet morning hills) has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him the eternal child. While walking I am but a simple gaze.”

― Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

“How fabulous down was for those first minutes! Down, down, down I’d go until down too became impossible and punishing and so relentless that I’d pray for the trail to go back up. Going down, I realized was like taking hold of the loose strand of yarn on a sweater you’d just spent hours knitting and pulling it until the entire sweater unraveled into a pile of string. Hiking the PCT was the maddening effort of knitting that sweater and unraveling it over and over again. As if everything gained was inevitably lost.”

― Cheryl Strayed, Wild

“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”

― Ryel Kestenbaum, The Ultralight Backpacker

“The long distance hiker, a breed set apart,

From the likes of the usual pack.

He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail;

Long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back.”

― M.J. Eberhart

“Walking causes a repetitive, spontaneous poetry to rise naturally to the lips, words as simple as the sound of footsteps on the road. There also seems to be an echo of walking in the practice of two choruses singing a psalm in alternate verses, each on a single note, a practice that makes it possible to chant and listen by turns. Its main effect is one of repetition and alternation that St Ambrose compared to the sound of the sea: when a gentle surf is breaking quietly on the shore the regularity of the sound doesn’t break the silence, but structures it and renders it audible. Psalmody in the same way, in the to-and-fro of alternating responses, produces (Ambrose said) a happy tranquillity in the soul. The echoing chants, the ebb and flow of waves recall the alternating movement of walking legs: not to shatter but to make the world’s presence palpable and keep time with it. And just as Claudel said that sound renders silence accessible and useful, it ought to be said that walking renders presence accessible and useful.”

― Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

We also have other lists of quotes and captions on mountains, hiking quotes, hiking captions for Instagram, climbing mountains quotes, funny hiking quotes, and funny hiking captions. Check them out!

And that is the roundup of our favourite 75 trekking quotes. Let us know in the comments if there are any that we missed and we will update the list.

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