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The topographic isolation of a summit is the minimum horizontal (great circle) distance to the nearest point of higher elevation. Topographic isolation represents a radius of dominance in which the summit is the highest point. Topographic isolation can be calculated for small hills and islands as well as for major mountain peaks. Topographic isolation can even be calculated for submarine summits.

Isolation table

The 25 Most Topographically Isolated Mountain Peaks on Earth
Rank Mountain Peak Country Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Mount Everest Nepal and China 8848 m (29,028 feet) 8848 m (29,028 feet) 40,008 km (24,860 miles)
2 Cerro Aconcagua Argentina 6962 m (22,841 feet) 6962 m (22,841 feet) 16,520 km (10,265 miles)
3 Denali Alaska, United States 6194 m (20,320 feet) 6148 m (20,171 feet) 0  7,451 km   (4,630 miles)
4 Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania 5895 m (19,341 feet) 5885 m (19,308 feet) 0  5,562 km   (3,456 miles)
5 Puncak Jaya New Guinea, Indonesia 4884 m (16,024 feet) 4884 m (16,024 feet) 0  5,264 km   (3,271 miles)
6 Vinson Massif Antarctica 4892 m (16,050 feet) 4892 m (16,050 feet) 0  4,911 km   (3,052 miles)
7 Mont Orohena Tahiti, French Polynesia 2241 m   (7,352 feet) 2241 m   (7,352 feet) 0  4,133 km   (2,568 miles)
8 Mauna Kea Hawai'i, United States 4205 m (13,796 feet) 4205 m (13,796 feet) 0  3,947 km   (2,453 miles)
9 Gunnbjørn Fjeld Greenland, Denmark 3694 m (12,118 feet) 3694 m (12,118 feet) 0  3,254 km   (2,022 miles)
10 Mount Cook South Island, New Zealand 3754 m (12,316 feet) 3754 m (12,316 feet) 0  3,140 km   (1,951 miles)
11 Thabana Ntlenyana Lesotho 3482 m (11,424 feet) 2390 m   (7,841 feet) 0  3,005 km   (1,867 miles)
12 Maunga Terevaka Rapa Nui, Chile 0  506 m   (1,660 feet) 0  506 m   (1,660 feet) 0  2,836 km   (1,762 miles)
13 Mont Blanc France 4810 m (15,781 feet) 4697 m (15,410 feet) 0  2,814 km   (1,749 miles)
14 Piton des Neiges Réunion 3069 m (10,069 feet) 3069 m (10,069 feet) 0  2,767 km   (1,719 miles)
15 Klyuchevskaya Sopka Kamchatka, Russia 4750 m (15,584 feet) 4649 m (15,253 feet) 0  2,748 km   (1,708 miles)
16 Pico de Orizaba México 5636 m (18,491 feet) 4922 m (16,148 feet) 0  2,687 km   (1,670 miles)
17 Queen Mary's Peak Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena 2060 m   (6,759 feet) 2060 m   (6,759 feet) 0  2,665 km   (1,656 miles)
18 Mount Whitney United States 4421 m (14,505 feet) 3071 m (10,076 feet) 0  2,650 km   (1,647 miles)
19 Gunung Kinabalu Borneo, Malaysia 4098 m (13,445 feet) 4098 m (13,445 feet) 0  2,523 km   (1,568 miles)
20 Mount Elbrus Russia 5642 m (18,510 feet) 4741 m (15,554 feet) 0  2,473 km   (1,537 miles)
21 Pico da Bandeira Brazil 2890 m   (9,482 feet) 2640 m   (8,662 feet) 0  2,392 km   (1,487 miles)
22 Mont Cameroun Cameroon 4040 m (13,255 feet) 3901 m (12,799 feet) 0  2,338 km   (1,453 miles)
23 Mount Paget South Georgia 2915 m   (9,564 feet) 2915 m   (9,564 feet) 0  2,269 km   (1,410 miles)
24 Mauga Silisili Savai'i, Samoa 1858 m   (6,096 feet) 1858 m   (6,096 feet) 0  2,245 km   (1,395 miles)
25 Nevado Huascarán Peru 6746 m (22,133 feet) 2776 m   (9,108 feet) 0  2,196 km   (1,365 miles)

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