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World Peaks with 1000 km of Isolation

RankPeakIsol-KmCountry Elev-M IslandArea-SqKm
2.Mount Everest9712.6China/Nepal8848  
24.Nevado Huascarán2207.5Peru6768  
3.Denali7450.2United States6190  
60.Pico Cristóbal Colón1287.1Colombia5730  
16.Pico de Orizaba2690.1Mexico5636  
6.Vinson Massif4910.7Antarctica4892  
13.Mont Blanc2812.0France/Italy4810  
15.Klyuchevskaya Sopka2746.9Russia4750  
49.Ras Dashen1482.1Ethiopia4543  
45.Mount Kirkpatrick1585.2Antarctica4528  
18.Mount Whitney2649.5United States4419  
79.Mount Elbert1079.1United States4399  
68.Mount Rainier1176.7United States4392  
27.Jebel Toubkal2078.2Morocco4167  
62.Mount Minto1244.8Antarctica4166  
63.Dome Argus1236.6Antarctica4093  
74.Cerro San Valentín1130.2Chile4058  
22.Mount Cameroon2337.7Cameroon4040  
11.Thabana Ntlenyana3003.8Lesotho3482  
30.Emi Koussi1998.8Chad3445  
75.Mount Hope1113.5Antarctica3239  
65.Pik BAM1227.8Russia3072  
64.Gora Pobeda1234.2Russia3003  
61.Sapitwa Peak1271.6Malawi3002  
21.Pico da Bandeira2344.1Brazil2891  
85.Paektu-san1014.6North Korea/China2744  
26.Anai Mudi2090.2India2695  
41.Moro de Môco1727.4Angola2620  
35.Mount Kosciuszko1894.3Australia2228  
31.Mount Mitchell1913.5United States2037  
46.Loma Mansa1570.8Sierra Leone1945  
54.Mount Washington1318.9United States1917  
37.Gora Narodnaya1835.4Russia1895  
58.Gora Kamen1300.6Russia1701  
71.Gora Yamantau1150.7Russia1638  
48.Mount Zeil1549.3Australia1531  
57.Mount Meharry1308.5Australia1249  
86.Hombori Tondo1008.0Mali1155  
66.Bluff Knoll1225.7Australia1095  
34.Agrihan High Point1898.0Northern Marianas977Agrihan40
40.Green Mountain1798.2Saint Helena859Ascension Island88
73.Town Hill1136.1Bermuda76Bermuda39
36.Olavtoppen1851.2Bouvet Island780Bouvet Island50
42.Diego Garcia High Point1676.7British Indian Ocean Territory7Diego Garcia44
12.Maunga Terevaka2831.7Chile507Easter Island117
43.Pico de Cano1672.4Cape Verde2829Fogo474
9.Gunnbjørn Fjeld3254.1Greenland3694Greenland2,130,800
8.Mauna Kea3946.9United States4205Hawaii (Big Island)10,434
29.Big Ben2026.1Heard and McDonald Islands2745Heard Island372
52.Mont Temetiu1407.5French Polynesia1276Hiva Oa318
51.Mont de la Dives1408.7French Southern Lands881Île Amsterdam60
77.Mont Marion-Dufresne1106.3French Southern Lands1090Ile de l'Est122
53.Volcán Wolf1319.2Ecuador1707Isabela4,711
33.Joes Hill1902.8Kiribati13Kiritimati 
44.Gunung Rinjani1600.7Indonesia3726Lombok4,625
76.Morne Seychellois1107.8Seychelles905Mahé154
81.Mont Duff1067.5French Polynesia491Mangaréva18
39.Mascarin Peak1804.9South Africa1230Marion Island295
84.Minami Tori Shima High Point1017.9Japan9Minami Tori Shima1
5.Carstensz Pyramid5235.0Indonesia4884New Guinea785,753
80.Novaya Zemlya High Point1077.4Russia1547North Novaya Zemlya47,079
50.Montanha do Pico1451.3Portugal2351Pico461
67.Perahu1185.2French Polynesia633Rapa40
14.Piton des Neiges2766.6Reunion3071Réunion2,535
23.Mauga Silisili2245.2Samoa1858Savai‘i1,709
25.Mount Paget2206.3South Georgia2915South Georgia3,718
10.Mount Cook3139.1New Zealand3724South Island145,836
59.Diana's Peak1291.8Saint Helena823St. Helena122
32.Gunung Kerinci1904.0Indonesia3805Sumatra443,066
7.Mont Orohena4128.1French Polynesia2241Tahiti1,036
72.Pico Trinidade1147.2Brazil690Trindade10
17.Queen Mary's Peak2661.7Saint Helena2060Tristan da Cunha202
83.Mount Victoria1037.0Fiji Islands1324Viti Levu10,531
78.Wake High Point1083.7U.S. Minor Pacific Islands6Wake Island8

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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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