111 Inspiring Mountain Quotes and Hiking Sayings for the adventurer in you

by Sep 18, 2018Quotes2 comments

Mountains are special for us. We have a special connection with them. Mountains are humbling. They make us realize the enormity of the world. The mountains are intimidating. But once you scale a height, you never feel proud; you are always humbled because the mountain allowed you to climb it. Yes, I always believe that mountains can only be conquered if they want themselves to be. Here are a few mountain quotes and hiking quotes that might trigger the adventurer in you.

Between the mountains and man, it is the mountain that always wins.

Here are a few inspirational Mountain Quotes that might inspire you, to rekindle the passion for adventure in you. If neither, then let them at least inspire you to accept whatever challenges life throws at you and do the best! Here, we have put together a list of some of the inspiring and best mountain quotes along with some quotes on hiking and trekking.

If you like them, please share them around and pin them on Pinterest! These might become the inspiration for a few others.

Our favourite inspiring Mountain Quotes

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  1. Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. ― David Mc Cullough Jr.

  2. The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir

  3. Stop staring at the mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.

  4. The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change. ― Thomas Wolfe

I think this quite effectively sums up why we climb the mountains. We cannot pinpoint the exact reason why we climb the mountains. It makes us humble. It makes us realise our shortcomings as well as our strengths. What do you say?


  1. Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. – Greg Child

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  1. I learn something every time I go into the mountains. – Michael Kennedy

  2. Although I deeply love oceans, deserts, and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty. – Victoria Erikson

  3. When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them. – Edmund Hillary

We love to visit the beaches and seas, but it is the towering heights of the mountains and the solemnity of the canopy of trees that has a greater effect on us. We love to go for trekking. The challenge of the summit is something that keeps us moving forward. The quote by Greg Child is actually one of our personal favourites!

  1. How wild it was, to let it be. – Cheryl Strayed

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  1. I think, every time I’m on the mountain, I’m just so thankful to be there. – Chloe Kim

  2. Good things don’t come by easy. – Bear Grylls

  3. The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe. – Casey Neistat

We love the uncertainty in our life. We love the thrill of the unknown. We love it wild and adventurous.

  1. Great things are done when men and mountains meet; this is not done by jostling in the street. – William Blake

mountain sayings and best mountain quotes

  1. He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary. ― Friedrich Neitszche

  2. Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was. – Dag Hammerskjold

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  1. The best view comes after the hardest climb.

  2. Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain. – Edmund Hillary

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  1. The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change. ― Thomas Wolfe

  2. Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. – Theodore Roosevelt

  3. Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through, the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak. – Andy Andrews

The quote by Edmund Hillary is so apt in these days of overtrekking and over-tourism. Climbing the mountain is like worship. It should not be done for bragging rights. You can only scale a peak if the mountain permits you to do so.

  1. Always be thankful for the little things… even the smallest mountains can hide the most breathtaking views! ― Nyki Mack

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  1. Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, you will find the strength to rise up. – Tyler Knott

  2. If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.— Vera Nazarian

  3. The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain, he is inspired by it. – William Arthur Ward

Trekking and climbing hold surprises at every nook and corner. Just imagine seeing two rainbows after a bout of heavy rains! We saw them at Roopkund Trek. Or perhaps the view of the Kinnar-Kailash range just in front of you after a heavy hailstorm has subsided. Mountains hold surprises at every point, be it good or bad.

  1. Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion. – Robert Macfarlane

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  1. Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier”. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing. – Paulo Coelho

  2. I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain. — Andrew Garfield

  3. Without mountains, we might find ourselves relieved that we can avoid the pain of the ascent, but we will forever miss the thrill of the summit. And in such a terribly scandalous trade-off, it is the absence of pain that becomes the thief of life. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Yes, we are in love with the oblivion. We are in love with uncertainty. We are in love with the mountains.

  1. I’d rather be in the mountains thinking of God than in church thinking of the mountains. – John Muir

mountain quotes by John Muir

  1. Going to the mountains is like going home. – John Muir

  2. In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir

  3. The mountains were so wild and so stark and so very beautiful that I wanted to cry. I breathed in another wonderful moment to keep safe in my heart. ― Jane Wilson-Howarth

  4. You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way! – Dr. Seuss

John Muir effectively summarises why we are so much in love with the mountains. It is our home, our place of comfort.

  1. You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you. – John Muir

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  1. The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it. – Herbert A. Simon

  2. Mountains are only a problem when they are bigger than you. You should develop yourself so much that you become bigger than the mountains you face. ― Idowu Koyenikan

  3. I go to seek a great perhaps – John Green

  4. Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. – Micahel Jordan

  5. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. – T. S. Eliot

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  1. 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

This one is one of our favourites. The most breathtaking views are difficult to reach and we experience the amazing moments only after we face the hardships on the journey. Don’t you think that applies for life, as well?


Do you love hiking? Here are a few inspiring hiking quotes for you.

  1. I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm. – John Mackey

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  1. For hiking is one of those things that you can only do when you have the determination in you. – Unknown

  2. Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world. – John Muir

  3. Leave the road, take the trails. – Pythagoras

  4. Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. – Ed Viesturs

Even Pythagoras was not immune to the wonders of trekking!

  1. You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well. – Terri Guillemets

Hiking Sayings and hiking quotes

  1. 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

  2. If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. – Raymond Inmon

  3. 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

  4. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We so much agree with the quote by Terri Guillemets. Trekking needs a special soul too – the soul that understands and respects the mountains, its flora, fauna and also its people. It also requires letting go of prejudices. Arrogance has no place in the mountains.

  1. Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit. – Unknown

  2. We don’t stop hiking because we grow old – We grow old because we stop hiking. – Finis Mitchel

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  1. 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

  2. Today, climbing has shown me a courageous, strong side of myself, a beautiful bravery. Other days I’ve seen pitiful weakness. I’ve watched myself crawl, belly-flat, across a mountainous landscape of fear. Climbing has shown me that I am all of these things: strong and weak, brave and cowardly, both immune to and at the mercy of the fear of death, all at the same time. Risk is the fee to learn these lessons. The cost is not negotiable. It is a price that, for now, I pay gladly. – Steve House

  3. In the mountains, you are sometimes invited, sometimes tolerated, and sometimes told to go home. – Fred Beckey

This is so true. We firmly believe that we cannot go to a mountain, let alone climb it, if it does not allow us. We had tried to do the Gangotri Trek for a couple of times, but have always failed (because of bad weather or some other issues). And we have done the Chandrashila trek in quite an unplanned way.

  1. Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain – Richard M. Nixon

  2. I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. – G.M. Trevelyan

  3. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – Confucius

  4. Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization. – Charles Lindbergh

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However civilized and technologically advanced we become, we crave for nature. The freedom of the wilderness cannot be compared to any other thing.

  1. Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet. – Brooke Hampton

Nature is still our best friend. We have forgotten the importance of Mother Nature in our rush for achieving “success” and “fame”. Here are a few nature quotes and outdoor quotes about the importance of nature.

  1. I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. – John Burroughs

  2. Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. – Gary Snyder

  3. I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees. – Henry David Thoreau

  4. Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. – John Muir

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John Muir has the best lines by far.

  1. Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical. – Carl Sagan

  2. To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles. – Mary Davis

  3. Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent school masters and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books. – John Lubbock

  4. It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Edmund Hillary

conquering quotes and inspirational mountain quotes

  1. To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. – Terry Tempest Williams

  2. In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. – Alice Walker

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There is beauty in imperfection and asymmetry. And nature is the best example of that. And in this imperfection, lies the symmetry of life.

  1. If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. – Bill Watterson

  2. My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature. – Claude Monet

  3. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein

  4. The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask. – Nancy Wynne Newhall

wild quotes

  1. There is no wifi in the forest, but you will make better connection. – Unknown

The better connection is the personal connection. Ditch that mobile and social media. Forget that perfect Instagram shot. Instead, connect with real people, talk to them, eat with them. Believe me, it is going to make a lot of difference.

  1. Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion. – Lorraine Anderson

  2.  I learn something every time I go into the mountains. – Michael Kennedy

famous mountain quotes

  1. Wilderness is not a luxury but the necessity of the human spirit. – Edward Abbey

  2. The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom. – Theodore Roosevelt

  3. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a camper, which is kind of the same thing. – Unknown

  4. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home. – Yvonne Prinz (The Vinyl Princess)

The quote by Yvonne Prinz has just hit the bull’s eye. If you can survive with your partner in trekking expedition and camping, then you might probably tolerate him for the rest of your life.

  1. I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

  2. On life and peaks it is the same. With strength, we win the grail, but courage is the thing we need to face the downward trail. – Jacob Clifford Moomaw

  3. You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves. – Lito Tejada-Flores

  4. The greatest joy in climbing is to be in charge of one’s own destiny. – Sir Chris Bonnington

  5. If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain. – Unknown

  6. When preparing to climb a mountain, pack a light heart. – Dan May

conquering quotes - mountain quotes

  1. A little more altitude, a little less attitude.

  2. We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character. – Henry David Thoreau

  3. The mountains have rules. They are harsh rules, but they are there, and if you keep to them you are safe. A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. The weapons to conquer it exist inside you, inside your soul. – Walter Bonatti

  4. Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. – Hermann Buhl

When you reach the top of the mountain quotes

Yes, mountains have a way to deal with disrespect and impudence. We keep on reiterating that you need to appreciate, admire and honour the mountains. The mountains have their own rules that you have to adhere to. Love the mountains and nature; it will love you back.

  1. I don’t want to write about climbing or talk about it, or photograph it; or think about it; all I want to do is do it. – Chuck Pratt

  2. Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir

  3. Accidents on big mountains happen when people’s ambitions cloud their good judgment. Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride. – Bear Grylls

hiking quotes

  1. The clearest way into the universe is through the forest wilderness. – John Muir

  2. Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. — Andy Rooney

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  1. Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it for fifty years. – John C. Maxwell

  2. Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace. – Janice Anderson

inspirational mountain quote

  1. Nature is my springboard. From her, I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colours and forms. – Milton Avery

  2. Go where you feel most alive.

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  1. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity. – John Muir

  2. Walking – the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. – Carrie Latet

We do believe in this religiously!

  1. May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits. – Harley King

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  1. There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. – Sir Rannulph Fiennes

  2. I love the place that makes you realise how tiny your problems are.

  3. Achieving the summit of a mountain was tangible, immutable, concrete. The incumbent hazards lent the activity a seriousness of purpose that was sorely missing from the rest of my life. I thrilled in the fresh perspective that came from the tipping the ordinary plane of existence on end. – John Krakauer (Into the Thin Air)

  4. The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far. — Paulo Coelho

adventure quotes

  1. If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. – Edmund Hillary

  2. Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

  3. Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb towards it. – Edmund Hillary

  4. I like the mountains because they make me feel small, Jeff says. They help me sort out what’s important in life ― Mark Obmascik (Halfway to Heaven)

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We save our most favourite for the end. Yes, mountains are the undecaying monuments of the earth. Only we can keep them safe.

The quote by Mark Obmascik truly holds for us. Whenever we are at loss, cannot deal with the complexities that life is throwing at us, we go to the mountains. It clears our thought and gives us a new perspective. Haven’t you realized that we run away to Darjeeling and Sikkim every now and then?

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  1. Nice quotes, and happy to read your travel blog

    • Thank you, Nilabh.


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