Small wonder the outdoor clothing brand chose Patagonia as its namesake. A small handful of expeditions has tried, and failed, to reach the summit, making it virtually untouched.
Bhutan, a small country bordering China and India and not far from Nepal holds many of its Himalayan mountains to be sacred, forbidding climbing on many of them. Every few years a new animal species is discovered in Vietnam, and that's thanks to a dense mountain forest on the border of Laos called the Anna mite Range.
Though there are some indigenous groups there and many, many settlers, there are still plenty of areas where the forests are too thick or the peaks too prohibitive for all but the hardiest souls to enter. The range is home to tigers, elephants, and pangolins, the latter of which is currently one of the most endangered creatures in the world thanks to rampant poaching.
The University of Alaska-Fairbanks used three different metrics in its study to find the most remote parts of the Last Frontier. Aside from some World War II era settlements, it's been largely untouched by humans.
There are two native species, the arctic fox and insular voles, and a variety of lichens. One, to the eastern end, is isolated even from trails, while the other is removed from towns and villages.
Some areas are ripe with life, like the famous penguins and a few other snowbirds that occasionally migrate off the continent. The deep ocean is the last vast unexplored frontier on Earth, and Mariana Trench is one of the most remote places on the planet.
It's been explored only four times, including once by film director and ocean nerd James Cameron. Despite immense water pressure and perpetual darkness, life has found a way to thrive there.
The Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the driest places on Earth, too harsh for permanent human habitation. The harsh desert climate makes the Atacama look a lot like a wilderness humans want to visit someday: Mars.
Plenty of Mars simulations have happened in the Atacama to see if humans can survive in an area with limited rations and air so dry that water capture is impossible. It's rarely cloudy in the Atacama, giving a perfect view of the sky.
Journey to Audi, which sits at more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and you’ll discover a hidden treasure that few other tourists venture to, with countless picture-perfect spots and opportunities for the ultimate in peace and tranquility. During the peak of summer, you’ll have over 20 hours of sunlight to enjoy the numerous outdoor adventures available in this true wilderness, including hiking, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking and much more.
With so much room to roam and very diverse terrain, the wildlife watching is amazing too, including the chance to spot black and grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, moose and All sheep. It’s home to Hornstrandir, an uninhabited peninsula and nature reserve that serves as a haven for the Arctic fox and a wide variety of birdlife.
Hornbeam is a sheer cliff that sits adjacent to the cove of Alvin and the bay of Jökulfjörður is considered one of the nation’s greatest peafowl habitats. This vast region is spread largely within the Arctic Circle, stretching across northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and into the Kola Peninsula of Russia.
Despite its massive size, it’s very sparsely populated, offering plenty of opportunities for peace and solitude, including the chance to hike for weeks without running into another human and view the aurora borealis with little light pollution to interfere. The hotel is surrounded by breathtaking wilderness, set along the shores of Lake INRI near the Russian border, and offers an especially quiet, remote adventure.
Here, you can spend your nights in heated glass pods known as “Aurora Bubbles,” which allow guests to watch the dramatic light display in comfort. You’ll also have access to a variety of outdoor equipment like toboggans, kick sleds and skis, as well as a traditional Finnish sauna for warming up after a day’s activities.
Cutoff from the mainland, Knoydart is only accessible by foot, or by boat, including a traditional wooden ferry that delivers passengers several times a day. But this country, with the world’s lowest population density, offers the chance to experience the midnight sun, dogsled through frozen tundra and marvel at the northern lights.
Olympic National Park, Washington Olympic Rainforest While you might not think a national park in America’s Lower 48 could be home to a “true wilderness area,” 95% of Washington’s largest wilderness area is largely untouched, filled with glacier-capped peaks, temperate rainforest with old-growth trees that provide habitat to all sorts of wildlife, magnificent waterfalls, high alpine lakes and nearly 50 miles of rugged ocean coastline. With more than 600 miles of trails in the park and nearly a million acres of wilderness to explore, backpacking is the best way to get up close and personal to one of America’s last remaining wild areas.
The over 7,700-square-mile park’s aboriginal owners have spent centuries among its rock art, wetlands, gorges and striking escarpment scenery. But visitors are welcome, and you can pitch a tent and camp by a Billabong, glide down rivers alongside giant crocodiles, stroll through ancient lands, take a dip in scot-free designated waterholes, or join a tour to learn more about the local aboriginals.
Up until 2011, the Yuri airport was just a landing strip for mining companies, but now there is a terminal, an extended runway and daily flights from La Paz, making it much easier to get here. Most arrive via a multi-day 4 × 4 tour, which also brings visitors to other impressive attractions in the surrounding desert, like natural hot springs, geysers, rock formations and colorful lakes that are home to hundreds of pink flamingos.
Just a few of the options include driving across a salt lake, watching spouting geysers, discovering petroglyph and visiting Calle de la Luna, the “Valley of the Moon.” Here, the giant sand dunes and stone formations mimic the surface of the moon. It’s one of the best places in the world to watch a sunset, with low light heightening the textures and deepening the fiery red, yellow, green and even blue shades.
Spirit Bear Lodge, located in the tiny First Nations hamlet of Klimt, arranges wildlife-spotting excursions with local guides. Following the Continental Divide for 60 miles, it’s made up of more than 1.5 million acres of rocky ridges, alpine meadows and dense forest, as the third-largest wilderness area in the Lower 48.
Not only is the scenery to-die-for, but the area also contains what some believe to be the most dramatic natural feature of the Rockies: the Chinese Wall, a limestone escarpment deep in the wilderness and a part of the Continental Divide. It’s home to dramatic mountains with peaks that soar more than 10,000 feet, deep canyons, and 100 miles of hiking trails in a landscape that looks more like it belongs to the Alps than Nevada.
Those visiting Carbide with the perception that this state is dry and desolate, are shocked to discover this area with rock formations jutting all around and roaring creeks ripping through the canyon. Not surprisingly, the area is most famous for its namesake, the brightly colored state fish known as the Golden Trout, which is native only to these waters.
In addition to being a famous spot for alpine trout fishing, the North Fork River that rages through one of America’s most vast, wild landscapes, offers some of the best whitewater adventurers that challenge even the most experienced paddlers. Its more than 530,000 acres and 600 miles of trails are virtually unknown to all but locals and serious wilderness explorers, many of whom come to experience its incredible array of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears, gray wolves, lynx and the elusive wolverine, as well as an abundance of mountain goats, elk and moose.
Places where the air is clean, nature still rules, and magnificent landscapes overwhelm us with their majesty and beauty. The 1500 km long Carpathian mountain range runs in an arch of more than 900 km through Romania encircling the beautiful Transylvania region.
In addition to the largest brown bear population in Europe, the pristine wilderness is also home to the elusive Eurasian Grey Wolf. From the ideal base in Brass or Earnest, it is possible to take small group hikes through the forests to track and watch wolves as well as bears and lynx in their natural habitat.
If viewing passing wildlife such as rare wild dogs and lions from the camp is not enough action for you, there are three game drives a day, including night drives. You can also enjoy horse riding, trekking, mountain biking, and visiting local Hamburg villages. Louisiana Tented Camp is a luxurious experience set against the wild terrain and adventure of Kenya’s incredible wilderness.
Head to Andaman to visit the famous Senior Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and to discover an incredible abundance of unspoiled rainforests and tropical rivers. Here it is possible to see an astonishing array of animal species including the highly endangered and elusive clouded leopard.
Watch the odd-looking proboscis monkeys forage in the trees right above you, while it is possible to spot at least four species of horn bills soaring above. One of the most remote places on earth, the frozen continent of Antarctica, a beautiful yet inhospitable wilderness is an essential habitat to an extraordinary range of wildlife.
The remote forests of Rwanda, despite years of poaching and habitat loss, are home to nearly 50% of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. Ecotourism and conservation-based safari have become a vital and viable alternative in preserving the natural environment and reclaiming the animal habitat.
A cultural component also forms an important part of any safari as it offers wildlife experience along with encounters with local communities.