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World Peaks with 1000 km of Isolation

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RankPeakIsol-KmCountry Elev-M IslandArea-SqKmAscent Date
1.Mount EverestInfiniteChina/Nepal8848   
3.Denali7450.2United States6190   
5.Carstensz Pyramid5235.0Indonesia4884New Guinea785,753 
6.Vinson Massif4910.7Antarctica4892   
7.Mont Orohena4128.1French Polynesia2241Tahiti1,036 
8.Mauna Kea3946.9United States4205Hawaii (Big Island)10,4342012-12-12
9.Gunnbjørn Fjeld3254.1Greenland3694Greenland2,130,800 
10.Mount Cook3139.1New Zealand3724South Island145,836 
11.Thabana Ntlenyana3003.8Lesotho3482   
12.Maunga Terevaka2831.7Chile507Easter Island117 
13.Mont Blanc2812.0France/Italy4810   
14.Piton des Neiges2766.6Reunion3071Réunion2,535 
15.Klyuchevskaya Sopka2746.9Russia4750   
16.Pico de Orizaba2690.1Mexico5636   
17.Queen Mary's Peak2661.7Saint Helena2060Tristan da Cunha202 
18.Mount Whitney2649.5United States4419   
21.Pico da Bandeira2344.1Brazil2891   
22.Mount Cameroon2337.7Cameroon4040   
23.Mauga Silisili2245.2Samoa1858Savai‘i1,709 
24.Nevado Huascarán2207.5Peru6768   
25.Mount Paget2206.3South Georgia2915South Georgia3,718 
26.Anai Mudi2090.2India2695   
27.Jebel Toubkal2078.2Morocco4167   
29.Big Ben2026.1Heard and McDonald Islands2745Heard Island372 
30.Emi Koussi1998.8Chad3445   
31.Mount Mitchell1913.5United States2037   
32.Gunung Kerinci1904.0Indonesia3805Sumatra443,066 
33.Joes Hill1902.8Kiribati13Kiritimati  
34.Agrihan High Point1898.0Northern Marianas977Agrihan40 
35.Mount Kosciuszko1894.3Australia2228   
36.Olavtoppen1851.2Bouvet Island780Bouvet Island50 
37.Gora Narodnaya1835.4Russia1895   
39.Mascarin Peak1804.9South Africa1230Marion Island295 
40.Green Mountain1798.2Saint Helena859Ascension Island88 
41.Moro de Môco1727.4Angola2620   
42.Diego Garcia High Point1676.7British Indian Ocean Territory7Diego Garcia44 
43.Pico de Cano1672.4Cape Verde2829Fogo474 
44.Gunung Rinjani1600.7Indonesia3726Lombok4,625 
45.Mount Kirkpatrick1585.2Antarctica4528   
46.Loma Mansa1570.8Sierra Leone1945   
48.Mount Zeil1549.3Australia1531   
49.Ras Dashen1482.1Ethiopia4543   
50.Montanha do Pico1451.3Portugal2351Pico461 
51.Mont de la Dives1408.7French Southern Lands881Île Amsterdam60 
52.Mont Temetiu1407.5French Polynesia1276Hiva Oa318 
53.Volcán Wolf1319.2Ecuador1707Isabela4,711 
54.Mount Washington1318.9United States1917   
57.Mount Meharry1308.5Australia1249   
58.Gora Kamen1300.6Russia1701   
59.Diana's Peak1291.8Saint Helena823St. Helena122 
60.Pico Cristóbal Colón1287.1Colombia5730   
61.Sapitwa Peak1271.6Malawi3002   
62.Mount Minto1244.8Antarctica4166   
63.Dome Argus1236.6Antarctica4093   
64.Gora Pobeda1234.2Russia3003   
65.Pik BAM1227.8Russia3072   
66.Bluff Knoll1225.7Australia1095   
67.Perahu1185.2French Polynesia633Rapa40 
68.Mount Rainier1176.7United States4392   
71.Gora Yamantau1150.7Russia1638   
72.Pico Trinidade1147.2Brazil690Trindade10 
73.Town Hill1136.1Bermuda76Bermuda39 
74.Cerro San Valentín1130.2Chile4058   
75.Mount Hope1113.5Antarctica3239   
76.Morne Seychellois1107.8Seychelles905Mahé154 
77.Mont Marion-Dufresne1106.3French Southern Lands1090Ile de l'Est122 
78.Wake High Point1083.7U.S. Minor Pacific Islands6Wake Island8 
79.Mount Elbert1079.1United States4399   
80.Novaya Zemlya High Point1077.4Russia1547North Novaya Zemlya47,079 
81.Mont Duff1067.5French Polynesia491Mangaréva18 
83.Mount Victoria1037.0Fiji Islands1324Viti Levu10,531 
84.Minami Tori Shima High Point1017.9Japan9Minami Tori Shima1 
85.Paektu-san1014.6North Korea/China2744   
86.Hombori Tondo1008.0Mali1155   

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List Description

Isolation for any given peak is defined as the distance (in miles or kilometers) from that peak to the nearest higher land. There are no peaks higher than the given summit within the circle with a radius of its isolation distance.

This list is the first attempt to create a comprehensive and accurate list of all the peaks in the world with an isolation distance of 1000 km (621 miles) or more, based on distance to nearest higher ground. Many isolation lists, including earlier versions of this one, used distance to nearest higher summit in a database instead of the more meaningful distance to the Isolation Limit Point (ILP or nearest higher ground). However, all peaks on this list have had their ILPs manually created and checked, and the list is believed to be complete.

There could still be errors or omissions on this list. The primary issue complicating the research for isolation peaks is coral atolls. There are huge archipelagos of these extremely low flat islands, such as the Marshall Islands or the Tuamotu Islands, and if one of them is a meter higher than the rest it could have a huge isolation number. So confidence is not very high in stating that the Wake Island high point, (6 meters high) has an isolation of 1085 km based on distance to the Likiep atoll (10 meters).

Indeed, many small mid-oceanic islands show up on this list, and the worldwide peak map shows a very interesting pattern, as if the peak dots were placed completely randomly without regard to landmasses. About 30 peaks on mid-oceanic islands such as Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Easter Island, Diego Garcia, Bermuda, Saint Helena, and others make this list, over a third of the total. You can sort this list by the "Island" or "Area" columns to group together peaks on islands.

(Note that previous versions of this list did not assign a rank to peaks located on islands with areas under 1000 square kilometers, but that arbitrary distinction has been abolished. Now all peaks are treated equally, no matter if the area within their isolation radius is mostly land or water.)

For the globe-trotting peakbagger, this is a somewhat attractive list, similar to the World 100 Most Prominent Peaks list, with which it shares 28 peaks. The only 8000 meter peaks on the list are Everest and K2.

One interesting quirk of this list is the distribution by country. Here are the six largest countries by area and their count of 1000 km isolation peaks:

  • Russia: 8
  • Canada: 0
  • China: 3 (all on the border)
  • USA: 7
  • Brazil: 2
  • Australia: 4

It is very odd that the second largest country has zero peaks on this list, with the most isolated peaks in Canada being Mount Barbeau and Mount Caubvick, both with under 800 km. Large areas of land with a continuous slope or a "staircase" of higher and higher peaks will not produce many high-isolation peaks, and this appears to be the case for Canada.


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