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World Peaks with 1000 km of Isolation

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RankPeakIsol-KmCountry Elev-M IslandArea-SqKmAscentsAscent Date
1.Gunnbjørn Fjeld3254.1Greenland3694Greenland2,130,80016 
2.Carstensz Pyramid5235.0Indonesia4884New Guinea785,75338 
5.Gunung Kerinci1904.0Indonesia3805Sumatra443,06619 
7.Mount Cook3139.1New Zealand3724South Island145,83625 
8.Novaya Zemlya High Point1077.4Russia1547North Novaya Zemlya47,0790 
10.Mount Victoria1037.0Fiji Islands1324Viti Levu10,5316 
11.Mauna Kea3946.9United States4205Hawaii (Big Island)10,434622 
12.Volcán Wolf1319.3Ecuador1707Isabela4,7112 
13.Gunung Rinjani1600.7Indonesia3726Lombok4,62535 
14.Mount Paget2206.0South Georgia2934South Georgia3,7180 
15.Piton des Neiges2766.6Reunion3071Réunion2,53529 
16.Mauga Silisili2245.2Samoa1858Savai‘i1,7094 
17.Mont Orohena4128.1French Polynesia2241Tahiti1,0361 
18.Pico de Cano1672.4Cape Verde2829Fogo47419 
19.Montanha do Pico1451.3Portugal2351Pico46164 
21.Big Ben2026.1Heard and McDonald Islands2745Heard Island3720 
22.Mont Temetiu1407.5French Polynesia1276Hiva Oa3180 
23.Mascarin Peak1804.9South Africa1230Marion Island2950 
24.Queen Mary's Peak2661.7Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha2060Tristan da Cunha2020 
25.Morne Seychellois1107.8Seychelles905Mahé1548 
26.Mont Marion-Dufresne1106.3French Southern Lands1090Ile de l'Est1220 
26.Diana's Peak1293.2Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha823St. Helena1220 
28.Maunga Terevaka2831.7Chile507Easter Island11713 
29.Green Mountain1798.2Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha859Ascension Island882 
30.Mont de la Dives1408.7French Southern Lands881Île Amsterdam600 
31.Olavtoppen1851.2Bouvet Island780Bouvet Island500 
32.Diego Garcia High Point1676.7British Indian Ocean Territory7Diego Garcia442 
33.Agrihan High Point1898.0Northern Marianas977Agrihan408 
33.Perahu1185.2French Polynesia633Rapa400 
35.Town Hill1136.1Bermuda76Bermuda3915 
36.Mont Duff1067.5French Polynesia491Mangaréva180 
37.Pico Trinidade1147.2Brazil690Trindade100 
38.Wake High Point1083.7U.S. Minor Pacific Islands6Wake Island80 
39.Minami Tori Shima High Point1017.9Japan9Minami Tori Shima10 
40.Mount EverestInfiniteChina/Nepal8848  60 
40.K21315.6Pakistan/China8614  14 
40.Aconcagua16517.6Argentina6962  207 
40.Nevado Huascarán2207.5Peru6768  21 
40.Denali7450.2United States6190  229 
40.Kilimanjaro5509.6Tanzania5895  759 
40.Pico Cristóbal Colón1287.1Colombia5730  2 
40.Elbrus2469.9Russia5642  230 
40.Pico de Orizaba2690.1Mexico5636  328 
40.Damavand1164.7Iran5610  69 
40.Vinson Massif4910.7Antarctica4892  41 
40.Mont Blanc2812.0France/Italy4810  302 
40.Klyuchevskaya Sopka2746.9Russia4750  2 
40.Ras Dashen1482.1Ethiopia4543  28 
40.Mount Kirkpatrick1585.2Antarctica4528  0 
40.Mount Whitney2649.5United States4419  2955 
40.Mount Elbert1079.1United States4399  1619 
40.Mount Rainier1176.7United States4392  2250 
40.Jebel Toubkal2078.2Morocco4167  204 
40.Mount Minto1244.8Antarctica4166  0 
40.Dome Argus1236.6Antarctica4093  0 
40.Cerro San Valentín1130.2Chile4058  0 
40.Mount Cameroon2337.7Cameroon4040  27 
40.Thabana Ntlenyana3003.8Lesotho3482  29 
40.Emi Koussi1998.8Chad3445  2 
40.Mount Hope1113.5Antarctica3239  0 
40.Pik BAM1227.8Russia3072  0 
40.Gora Pobeda1234.2Russia3003  0 
40.Sapitwa Peak1271.6Malawi3002  23 
40.Tahat1153.2Algeria2908  3 
40.Pico da Bandeira2344.1Brazil2891  5 
40.Paektu-san1014.6China/North Korea2744  4 
40.Anai Mudi2090.2India2695  2 
40.Moro de Môco1727.4Angola2620  1 
40.Galdhøpiggen1568.3Norway2469  164 
40.Mount Kosciuszko1894.3Australia2228  277 
40.Mount Mitchell1913.5United States2037  1480 
40.Loma Mansa1570.8Sierra Leone1945  2 
40.Mount Washington1318.9United States1917  4518 
40.Gora Narodnaya1835.4Russia1895  0 
40.Gora Kamen1300.6Russia1701  0 
40.Gora Yamantau1150.7Russia1638  1 
40.Mount Zeil1549.2Australia1531  2 
40.Mount Meharry1308.5Australia1249  4 
40.Hombori Tondo1008.0Mali1155  2 
40.Bluff Knoll1225.7Australia1095  15 
40.Joes Hill1902.8Kiribati13Kiritimati 0 

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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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