Insanely Remote Places

There are people who love to vacation in big, buzzing, bustling cities…and then there are those who’d rather escape to someplace slightly, well, a bit, more remote. Here, extraordinarily remote — and extraordinarily beautiful — destinations.

Namtso Lake

According to EU Science Hub, the Tibetan plateau, often called “the Roof of the World,” is the world’s single most remote place. To get to the nearest city with a population of 50,000 or more, a person would have to travel for three weeks straight: one day by car and the remaining 20 days by foot. But just look how breathtaking it is, this view may just be worth the trek.

Insanely Remote Places

Namtso Lake: On the Tibetan Plateau

Namtso Lake, elevated at 15,479 feet, is also a bit of a climb. The lake has a few small and uninhabited islands and, years ago, spiritual seekers would walk across the frozen waters at the end of winter and then live on an island for the better part of the year, returning only when the lake froze over again. This is no longer permitted by Chinese authorities.

Namtso Lake

Socotra: Islands in the Arabian Sea

An offshore territory of Yemen, Socotra is an archipelago of four islands located in the Arabian Sea, 150 miles east of the Horn of Africa.

Socotra: Islands in the Arabian Sea

Socotra

Some 40,000 people live there, but without any form of public transportation and only two roads.

Insanely Remote Places
DEA / C.DANI / I.JESKE

Oymyakon: Cold and Out of The Way

If you ever find yourself in the Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic of Russia, and you happen to be drifting down the Indigirka River some 19 miles northwest of Tomtor, you might as well pop by the village of Oymyakon.

Oymyakon: Cold and Out of The Way
Dean Conger

Deep In Arizona: Supai

Red rocks, waterfalls, and a population of 208. It’s hard to imagine, but in the middle of the Grand Canyon — where tourists flock and Pepsi commercials are filmed — sits Supai, the isolated capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
Deep In Arizona: Supai
Francesco Riccardo Iacomino

 

Tristan da Cunha: Lonely Islands

An archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, Tristan da Cunha is a territory of the U.K. and, at 1,500 miles from the nearest continental land — South Africa — the most remote inhabited islands in the world. Fewer than 300 people live on the main island.

Tristan da Cunha: Lonely Islands
James P. Blair

Source – foto.gettyimages.com

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