The most remote places in Asia you’d want to get to


Some of the most beautiful destinations on Earth are in the most remote spots. Source: Willian Justen de vasconcel / unsplash

IN A GLOBALIZED world it is difficult to imagine that there are still places that exist which are near impossible to reach, with tiny communities who have learned to live with bare basics in order to enjoy the quiet surroundings and simple way of life.

These remote places aren’t gentrified or urbanized and don’t have any sprawling mega-malls to while away the days in.

They are, however, tough to get to and most people don’t even know they exist.

Here, for your tranquil reading are Asia’s most remote inhabited destinations, which will either make you want to sell up and move or send an eerie chill down your spine.

Motuo, Tibet

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Isolated on the Eastern side of Tibet, this small county is home to 12,000 residents and until very recently was the only place within mainland China’s 2,100 counties not to have an access road.

Th region is mainly inhabited by Menba and Luoba ethnic groups who have lived in the area for centuries.

Motuo translates to mean “Hidden Lotus”, and it certainly lives up to its name. It is Tibet’s holiest region with many of its current residents descending from pilgrims.

Tropical fruits also grow in this snow-capped region and stunning waterfalls that feed the thirst of the thriving flora across the canyons can be admired by those who take on the trek up the mountainsides.

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Getting there is a trodden track, but it is by no means easy. Starting at Pai Village adventurers can clamber along one of Tibet’s most iconic hiking routes.

However, you’ll have to plan your entire trip for the month of October as November to June the path is covered in thick snow and ice, and June to September is the rainy season, so trekking in those times would mean risking mudslides, persistent leeches, hypothermia, and death.

Kerguelen Islands, South Indian Ocean

Also known as the Desolation Islands, these tiny collection of land masses are a mere speck on a world map.

The island has no original inhabitants, so when a group of French scientists wanted to set up camp here, they had no issues – apart from the complete isolation and lack of natural resources.

Researchers, engineers, and scientists account for the entire population which is usually between 50 and 100 people at any one time.

Throughout history, the French have always laid claim to the islands and back in the 18th century the prefecture was used for whaling and sealing expeditions.

These voyages died with the other archaic traditions of the time and now only four ships a year visit the island to transport supplies, so you better start planning your trip now.

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

These islands form the last British Overseas Territory in the South Pacific Ocean. The prefecture is made up of four picturesque islands: Pitcairn proper, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno, all of which are unfathomably beautiful.

Pitcairn is made up of around 50 people from the families of descendants who fled HMS Bounty back in 17th century after the ship was taken over by the crew.

Even though the population is small it welcomes tourists, and the British government has even been trying to get UK citizen to move there on account of its mainly uninhabited land.

The beaches are entirely unspoiled and the warm crystal waters could entice even the most hesitant swimmer.

As there is no airstrip on any of the four islands, you’ll need to take a flight from Tahiti to the Gambier Islands and then a 330-mile charted vessel to the paradise shores.

Cape York Peninsula

This idyllic expanse of untouched wilderness is located on the Northern tip of Queensland, Australia.

The wilderness here is made up of eucalyptus filled savannahs, tropical forests and mostly undisturbed wildlife.

The peninsula is home to aboriginal tribes who graze their cattle on the vast swathes of flat land and to farmers from other regions of Australia.

If you’re interested in unique and complex fauna, then head to this peninsula to discover what you would never find in the city.

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Equally, if you enjoy the unique flora that grows in offbeat places then you’ll love the mosaic of mangrove swamps, grassland, tropical rainforests, and heathlands.

You can travel by road to this region, but make sure it isn’t the rainy season before you set off else the road could be waterlogged.

Concordia, Pakistan

For hikers looking for the ultimate challenge, Concordia in Pakistan has it all. The view from the rugged mountain lands are simply spectacular and four of the worlds fourteen 8,000-meters mountains can be found overlooking the camp.

From Concordia hikers can trek to the famous base camps of K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum, however, this is considered the easiest part.

Getting to Concordia usually takes around 14 days of transport, including numerous flights, buses and cars, and then trekking.

If you’re up for an epic adventure and willing to get a few different modes of transport, then these are the places your sense of wanderlust will thank you for traveling to.