The Most Difficult Place to Reach: A Ranking of Inaccessible Destinations

Choose the place you think is the most difficult!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 06:40
Embark on an exhilarating journey as you navigate through the world's most challenging destinations with StrawPoll's latest ranking - "What is the most difficult place to reach?"! Our vast collection of polls and rankings now takes you on an unforgettable adventure, where you can vote for your favorite hard-to-reach locations or even suggest an elusive spot that we might have missed. From remote islands to hidden mountain peaks, this is your chance to explore the uncharted territories of our planet and share your opinion on the ultimate test of grit, determination, and wanderlust. So, buckle up and join us as we unravel the mysteries of these hard-to-reach wonders and dive into the thrill of the unknown, only at StrawPoll.

What Is the Most Difficult Place to Reach?

  1. 1
    The deepest part of the ocean, with a depth of over 36,000 feet, making it the most difficult place to reach.
    The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world's oceans, located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is a crescent-shaped trench with an average depth of about 36,070 feet (10,994 meters) and the maximum-known depth of approximately 36,070 feet (10,994 meters).
    • Location: Western Pacific Ocean
    • Shape: Crescent-shaped trench
    • Average Depth: 36,070 feet (10,994 meters)
    • Maximum Depth: 36,070 feet (10,994 meters)
    • Distance from Guam: Approximately 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers)
  2. 2
    The highest peak in the world, with an elevation of 29,029 feet, and treacherous conditions that make it a challenging climb.
    Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, standing at an impressive elevation of 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level. It is located in the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and China. This majestic mountain offers breathtaking scenery and is renowned for its challenging climbing routes, making it a dream destination for mountaineers and adventurers from around the globe. The grandeur and beauty of Mount Everest attract not only climbers but also nature enthusiasts who appreciate the stunning landscapes that surround it.
    • Location: Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and China
    • Elevation: 8,848 meters (29,029 feet)
    • First Ascent: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953
    • Coordinates: 27°59′17″N 86°55′31″E
    • Prominence: 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) (highest peak)
    Mount Everest in other rankings
  3. 3
    The southernmost continent on Earth, with harsh weather conditions, few landing sites, and limited transportation options.
    Antarctica is the southernmost continent and the fifth largest, comprising about 98% of the Earth's inland ice, and it is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. It has no permanent human inhabitants but hosts several research stations. Antarctica is considered a geopolitical condominium, with several countries having territorial claims, but the Antarctic Treaty System ensures peaceful cooperation and scientific research.
    • Size: 14 million sq km
    • Population: No permanent human inhabitants, only researchers
    • Temperature: Average temperature ranges from -10℃ to -60℃
    • Precipitation: Antarctica is technically a desert with very little precipitation
    • Highest Point: Vinson Massif at 16,050 ft (4,892 m)
  4. 4
    A remote and sparsely populated region with extreme cold and limited infrastructure.
    Northern Siberia is one of the most challenging and remote regions in the world, located in the northern part of Siberia, Russia. It is characterized by extreme cold weather, vast stretches of uninhabited wilderness, and limited infrastructure. The area is sparsely populated and largely inaccessible, making it a formidable destination for both adventurers and scientists.
    • Geography: Covering an expansive area of about 5 million square kilometers.
    • Climate: Experiencing severely cold winters, with temperatures dropping below -50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit), and short, cool summers.
    • Vegetation: Comprising a mix of tundra, boreal forests, and taiga, with limited vegetation due to the harsh climate.
    • Wildlife: Home to various species, including polar bears, reindeer, arctic foxes, musk oxen, and migratory birds.
    • Permafrost: Having a significant portion covered by permafrost, permanently frozen ground below the surface.
  5. 5
    A dense, vast jungle with limited access due to its remote location and lack of infrastructure.
    The Amazon Rainforest is the world's largest tropical rainforest, extending across nine countries in South America. It is home to a rich biodiversity with millions of unique species of plants, animals, and microorganisms. The dense vegetation, massive rivers, and diverse ecosystems make it a truly remarkable natural wonder.
    • Size: Approximately 5.5 million square kilometers
    • Countries: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana
    • River: Amazon River, the world's largest river by discharge volume
    • Biodiversity: Harbors an estimated 400 billion individual trees and millions of species
    • Indigenous People: Home to over 400 different indigenous tribes
    The Amazon Rainforest in other rankings
  6. 6
    A vast, arid region with extreme heat and limited access due to its size and inhospitable conditions.
    The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, covering an area of approximately 9.2 million square kilometers. It extends across much of North Africa, spanning several countries including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia. The desert is characterized by its vast stretches of sand dunes, rocky plateaus, and barren plains, with a harsh and inhospitable climate.
    • Size: Approximately 9.2 million square kilometers
    • Location: North Africa
    • Countries: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia
    • Climate: Extreme aridity, very hot temperatures during the day and cold temperatures at night
    • Vegetation: Sparse, with some areas supporting desert-adapted plants like acacia trees and shrubs
  7. 7
    North Pole
    Vmenkov · CC BY-SA 3.0
    The northernmost point on Earth, with extreme cold and limited accessibility due to its location in the Arctic Ocean.
    The North Pole is the northernmost point on Earth, located at the top of the planet's axis. It is characterized by extreme and inhospitable conditions, including freezing temperatures, shifting ice packs, and a lack of any permanent human settlements.
    • Coordinates: 90 degrees north latitude
    • Climate: Arctic climate with long, harsh winters and short, cool summers
    • Ice thickness: Varies between a few meters and several meters, with some areas having perennial ice cover
    • Inaccessibility: The real North Pole is covered by ice, making it inaccessible by land. However, it can be reached by expedition cruises, icebreakers, or aircraft during certain times of the year.
    • Polar Night: During winter, the North Pole experiences a prolonged period of darkness that can last up to six months.
  8. 8
    South Pole
    Kuno Lechner; cropped by H Debussy-Jones (talk) 08:31, 14 November 2009 (UTC) · CC BY-SA 3.0

    South Pole

    Robert Falcon Scott
    The southernmost point on Earth, with harsh weather conditions and limited accessibility due to its location in Antarctica.
    The South Pole is the southernmost point on the Earth's surface, located at the geographic coordinates of 90 degrees south latitude. It is the point where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects with the surface and marks the southern end of the Earth's axis. The South Pole is covered with ice and surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It experiences extreme cold temperatures, harsh winds, and almost complete darkness during the winter months. The challenging conditions make it one of the most difficult places to reach and sustain human habitation.
    • Latitude: 90 degrees south
    • Climate: Extreme cold temperatures, harsh winds
    • Terrain: Ice-covered
    • Surrounding Body of Water: Southern Ocean
    • Access: Accessible by air via dedicated research stations
    South Pole in other rankings
  9. 9
    The Moon
    Gregory H. Revera · CC BY-SA 3.0
    A celestial body located 238,855 miles from Earth, with limited access due to the difficulties of space travel.
    The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite and the fifth-largest satellite in the Solar System. It is a rocky and desolate place, lacking an atmosphere and experiencing extreme temperatures. The Moon has been a subject of fascination and exploration for centuries, with numerous missions sent to study its geology, observe celestial phenomena, and even land astronauts on its surface.
    • Mass: 7.348 × 10^22 kg
    • Diameter: 3,474 km
    • Mean Density: 3.34 g/cm³
    • Surface Temperature: -233 to 123 °C
    • Surface Gravity: 1.62 m/s²
  10. 10
    The Sun
    Matúš Motlo · CC BY-SA 4.0
    A star located 93 million miles from Earth, with extreme heat and radiation that make it impossible for humans to reach.
    The Sun is a star at the center of the Solar System. It is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, constantly undergoing nuclear fusion, primarily converting hydrogen into helium. The Sun's immense gravity and heat make it the most dominant celestial body in our solar system.
    • Size: Diameter of about 1.39 million kilometers
    • Mass: About 333,000 times the mass of Earth
    • Composition: Consists primarily of hydrogen and helium
    • Surface Temperature: Around 5,500 degrees Celsius (9,932 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • Core Temperature: Approximately 15 million degrees Celsius (27 million degrees Fahrenheit)
    The Sun in other rankings

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Ranking factors for difficult place

  1. Accessibility
    The availability and ease of transportation options determine how difficult it is to reach a place. Some remote locations may only be accessible by certain types of transportations such as boats, helicopters, or long hikes.
  2. Infrastructure
    Limited or lack of infrastructure, such as roads, airports, harbors, and railways, can make a place hard to reach. Well-developed infrastructure usually makes a place easier to access.
  3. Distance
    The farther a place is from major cities or transportation hubs, the more challenging it may be to reach it.
  4. Climate and Geographical Conditions
    Extreme weather conditions, such as heavy precipitation, storms, or extremely high or low temperatures, can create challenges for reaching a location. Additionally, certain geographical features, like mountain ranges, deserts, or dense jungles, can make it difficult to navigate and reach a destination.
  5. Political Situation
    A country's political climate can impact travel safety and accessibility. Conflicts, government restrictions, or unstable governments can make it hard to travel to specific locations.
  6. Visa Requirements and Travel Regulations
    Some countries have strict visa requirements, making it challenging or time-consuming to obtain permission to visit. Additionally, certain areas might be off-limits to tourists or require special permits.
  7. Altitude
    High-altitude destinations may pose challenges for travelers, especially if acclimatization is needed to avoid altitude sickness.
  8. Cost
    The expense of reaching a destination is another factor that might make a place difficult to reach. Limited transportation options or the need for specialized equipment can increase the cost of a trip.
  9. Physical Fitness
    Reaching some remote locations may require a certain level of physical fitness and ability. Hiking, mountain climbing, or other strenuous activities might be necessary to reach a particular destination.
  10. Safety
    Some places might be difficult to reach due to safety concerns, such as high crime rates, natural hazards, or the presence of dangerous wildlife.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most difficult place to reach. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or location is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each location once every 24 hours. The rank of each location is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most difficult place to reach

Background Information: The world is full of breathtaking and awe-inspiring places that are worth exploring. However, some of these places are so remote and inaccessible that they are considered the most difficult places to reach. From the highest peaks of the Himalayas to the depths of the ocean, these places pose unique challenges that only the most daring and adventurous travelers can overcome. In the quest to reach these remote locations, travelers often face extreme weather conditions, treacherous terrain, and unpredictable obstacles. Some of these places are so remote that they require days or even weeks of travel on foot, by boat, or by air. Others require specialized equipment and training to navigate safely. Despite the challenges, many travelers are drawn to these difficult-to-reach places for the sense of adventure and accomplishment that comes with reaching them. Whether it's climbing the world's highest peaks or exploring the depths of the ocean, the most difficult places to reach offer a unique perspective on the world and a chance to push the limits of human endurance.

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