9 of the Most Remote Places on Earth
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There’s getting away from things — and then there’s getting away from everything. As the summer heat begins to simmer and it seems like everything is pushing in upon you, take comfort in knowing that these nine destinations – some of the most remote on the planet — can still give you the sense that you are alone in the universe.
Deception Island, Antarctica
Here, in one of the safest harbors in Antarctica, you can truly escape the pressures of day to day life. Nestled inside the caldera of an active volcano, Deception Island is a remote tourist destination and scientific research station that was previously home to a whaling station. Some of the highlights of a visit are Mount Pond, Port Foster and the narrow entrance to the bay known as Neptune’s Bellows. Whaler’s Bay is the bay inside Neptune’s Bellows and home to a long black-sand beach.
Wakahn Corridor, Afghanistan
For the intrepid traveler, a visit to Afghanistan is a singular experience. The narrow strip of land in the northeastern part of the country is wedged between the Pamirs Mountains and reaches to China. A trade route runs through the valley and has been used by travelers since ancient times. The terrain is extremely rugged and occupied by approximately 12,000 nomads.
Tian Shan Mountains
This impressive range of mountains is found on the border between China and Kyrgyzstan with the Taklamakan Desert at its feet. It links up with the Pamir Mountains to the north and its eastern end is found near the Chinese city of Urumqi, a good point of entry for exploration of the Tian Shan range. Its highest peak, Victory Peak, is 24,406 feet high and two other peaks reach at least 23,000 feet. The range is one of the highest in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
This is one of the world’s most striking landscapes and, while remote, it draws travelers from around the world who visit to see the baobob trees that line the dirt road in 260-meter-long segments. It is a center of local conservation efforts and recently, in 2007, it became Madagascar’s first national monument. Nearby, visitors can see the Baobab Amoreaux, two trees twisted together because of, according to legend, their impossible love.
Upper Mustang, Nepal
This land, formerly the Kingdom of Lo, is a remote region of the Nepalese Himalayas. The area had restricted access as a demilitarized zone until 1992, which had the effect of preserving its landscape and its traditional Tibetan culture has been preserved because of the region’s isolation. The area remained largely untouched but, since it became part of the Kingdom of Nepal in 2008, it has had growing influence from China and change is coming rapidly to the once isolated kingdom.
Many say that Greenland could be the next Iceland, but as of now, that’s not the case. So those looking to experience the world’s largest island before it becomes the beating heart of best of lists, should head to Taslilaq, a town in the southeastern part of the country and home to the Sermilik Station, which is tasked with the scientific monitoring of the Mittivakkat Glacier.
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The Republic of Nauru
While many remote locations are deep into the heart of mountain ranges and tucked away in rugged locales, the Republic of Nauru is a true exotic paradise. It is a tiny island in Micronesia that features white-sand beaches, coral reefs, tropical vegetation and just two hotels.
This is a land where two glaciers meet and is the ideal place for the outdoor enthusiast who loves to climb. There are many scenic views and it is a gateway to those seeking to reach several important base camps within the mountain climbing world: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I&II are all short treks away.
Easter Island, Chile
Five hours by plane off the coast of Chile, this South American outpost is home to one of the world’s greatest mysteries – the Moai. How these heads were formed and arranged has been baffling scientists and historians for years. While Easter Island may grace the bucket lists of the many, its still reachable by just a few.
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