You can just listen to the sounds of nature while trekking or hiking, but there may be a moment that you could do with some extra motivation. A song that helps you to move your legs as you are on your way to let’s say the top of Kilimanjaro, the Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia or the base camp of the Annapurna massif.
In this blogpost, we present you with a few songs that you should definitely add to your playlist next time you are going trekking or hiking. It doesn't matter whether we are out there or stuck in the office curating trekking destinations: these songs make it happen. Let’s rock and roll!
Biffy Clyro - Mountains
“I am the mountain” - We can’t think of better motivation for your next trek. Take it away, Biffy:
Henry Mancini - Baby Elephant Walk
Absolutely bring this Mancini classic along when you are on your way to Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro.
Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Were Made for Walking
Perhaps you prefer Jessica Simpson, but we like the old school. Your hiking boots were, just as Nancy's boots, made for walking and hiking. So keep going.
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Fair enough - we are not riding anywhere. But you are looking for adventure and everyone is born to be wild.
Foals - Mountain at My Gates
Picture yourself walking through the arrivals section of Lukla airport, your gateway to the Mount Everest Region. Enjoy the video as well!
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
This classic isn't just a good one to sing along to in your local pub. Although not really, this song is made for hiking.
The Strokes - Machu Picchu
Obviously, you would bring The Strokes along on your way to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek.
Still Corners - The Trip
Regardless of the kind of trip you are going on, this easy-listening song will get you in the mood.
Hollow Coves - The Woods
This folk group will definitely get you in the mood for trekking and hiking the great outdoors. Light that bonfire!
Johnny Cash - Walkthe Line
We know that Johnny Cash meant something different when he sang Walk the Line, but the rhythm and the lyrics work for us.
Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Well, Marvin, are you sure that Annapurna I wouldn't be high enough? ;)
Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
Nothing can beat a great trek or hike in the mountains while the sun is out. Positive vibes!
Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
We can never get enough of Empire of the Sun when hiking in Patagonia. Why? Because that part of the world just feels and looks like a dream.
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
Let's not dive too far into the true meaning of the lyrics. Just walk on the wild side, however wild that may be.
Gary and the Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
Walk on, walk on, through the rain... We love it. Last but not least, this evergreen classic which is a lot more than YNWA and that particular football club.
Did we miss a song? Let us know in the comments! Hike on!