Despite the presence of advanced forms of transportation that take us to several places that were originally inaccessible, there are places that remain isolated to man, including mountains. Here’s a look at some of those mountains that have not been explored by a lot of people because of their very isolation and extreme factor.
Mount Thor is Canada’s most recognizable peak, located in Canada’s Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island, Nunavut. It features a 4,100-foot vertical drop, no wonder it’s a favorite for fans of extreme sports and extreme climbing.
Tristan de Cunha is a remote group of volcanic islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. Not only they are isolated, but they are also dangerous. One volcano there is a shield volcano, whose last recorded eruption occurred during the 1960s. However, geologists have pointed out the physical changes of the volcano, confirming that it has indeed erupted in recent years. The uneven, rocky terrains of the island make it also impossible to build an airstrip, so the only sure way to get there is by boat. It has a population of 301 (as of 2015).
Most people know that Mount Everest in the Asian Himalayas has the highest peak in the world, but not a lot of people are aware of Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador. It has an altitude measuring 6,310 meters (20,703 feet) high, which makes it less tall than Mount Everest. However, Mt. Chimborazo earns the distinction of having the highest point above the center of the Earth. The Earth isn’t round — it’s actually an oblate spheroid. And being an oblate spheroid, the Earth is widest the equator and the Mt. Chimborazo is only a degree shy of it. Mt. Chimborazo is located 6,384 kilometers above the Earth’s center. It is also 2 kilometers farther from Earth than Mount Everest.
Most of the highest mountains in the world have been climbed except for Gangkhar Puensum. The name of the mountain means “three mountain siblings.” Gangkhar Puesum Mountain stands at 24,836 feet above the sea level and has a prominence at 9,826 feet. That snowy loftiness is the strong candidate for being the highest unclimbed mountain. It is located in Bhutan, near the border with China. In Bhutan, climbing above 6,000 meters has been strongly forbidden by Bhutanese law since 1994. Since 2003 the mountains haven’t seen any mountaineering activity due to these very restrictions.
There are a lot of reasons. One is the Bhutanese government and citizens’ respect for traditional customs, and they see the highest peak as some kind of a sacred place for the deities. Another reason could be the shortage of rescue stations at higher altitudes.
K2 is the world’s second highest peak, measuring 28,251 feet above sea level. It is called as “Savage Mountain” because it is an extremely difficult mountain to climb, making it arguably as the toughest mountain in the world to make an ascent. K2’s routes are more troubling and much steeper than those of Mount Everest, and it has a colder and more unpredictable weather than the latter. Although no less perilous to climb, Mount Everest has been conquered by a few people (but many also died trying to reach its summit). However, K2 is much more challenging to climb, and a daring mountaineer has yet to successfully go on top there.
Mount Caubvick is regarded as the highest mountain summit in mainland Canada, and the most isolated peak in the country. It rises at 5,420 feet (1,652 meters) above sea level. The mountain is situated at the border between Labrador and Quebec, in the Selamiut Range of the Torngat Mountains, east of the province of Alberta.
Denali (also known in its former name Mount McKinley) is the highest peak and the most remote summit in the United States, located in the Alaska Range, in the state of Alaska. It is also the highest mountain in entire North America, rising 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level. “Denali” in Koyukon Athabaskans language means “high” or “tall”
Another remote snow-capped mountain located in Kashmir, Northern Pakistan, Nanga Parbat is seen by many as the most dangerous mountain to climb. Nanga Parbat features colossal ridges of snow and ice. Nanga Parbat’s southern part has the highest mountain base in the world, measuring 15,000 feet. The mountain, with its extreme cragginess, has earned the title of “The Killer Mountain.” A lot of mountaineers have died to try to reach Nanga Parbat’s summit and one has yet to achieve that feat successfully.
Located in Sichuan Province, China, Pomiu is part of Siguniang (“Four Girls”) Mountains. It features a lot of sharp peaks that can reach up to 20,505 feet (6,250 meters) and have been shaped by glaciers millions of years ago. The sheer skyscraping heights, steepness and sharp edges have made Pomiu an extremely difficult mountain to climb. Only a handful of climbers have successfully made to the summit, leading to its isolation.
Gunnbjørn Feld is the highest peak in Greenland and also in the whole Arctic region. It is part of the Watkins Range. Gunnbjørn Feld is a rocky peak which juts out of the glacial ice; this form is called nunatak in the Greenlandic language, which has been also used as an English mountaineering term. It has a prominence and elevation at 12,119 feet (3,694 meters). Due to its sheer remoteness, Gunnbjørn Feld is rarely climbed, and a helicopter or a ski-enabled plane is the only way to have an access to the area.