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Dhaulagiri Mountain

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Dhaulagiri Mountain

Dhaulagiri is Earth's seventh highest mountain at 8,167 metres (26,795 ft); one of fourteen over eight thousand metres. Dhaulagiri was first climbed May 13, 1960 by a Swiss/Austrian expedition.
The mountain's name is धौलागिरी or धवलागिरी in Hindi and Nepali. It is often called Dhaulagiri I, denoting the highest summit in its massif called Dhaulagiri Range or The Dhaulagiris. This massif extends 120 km from the Kali Gandaki River west to the Bheri. Dhaulagiri I is the easternmost high peak.
Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft) is only 34 km. east of Dhaulagiri I. The Kaligandaki River flows between through its notable gorge, said to be the world's deepest. The town Pokhara is south of the Annapurnas, an important regional center and the gateway for climbers and trekkers visiting both ranges as well as a tourist destination in its own right.

Elevation: 26,794 feet (8,167 meters)
Location: Nepal, Asia
First Ascent: Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Albin Schelbert (Austria), Nawang Dorje, Nima Dorje (Nepal), May 13, 1960

Geographic History
Looking north from the plains of India, most 8,000 metre peaks are obscured by nearer mountains, but in clear weather Dhaulagiri is conspicuous from northern Bihar and as far south as Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. In 1808 A.D. survey computations showed it to be the highest mountain yet surveyed. This lasted until 1838 when Kangchenjunga took its place, followed by Mount Everest in 1858.
Dhaulagiri's sudden rise from lower terrain is almost unequaled. It rises 7,000 metres from the Kali Gandaki River 30 km to the southeast. The South and West faces rise precipitously over 4000 metres. The south face of Gurja Himal in the same massif is also notably immense.

Fast Facts:

  • The Sanskrit name Dhavali giri means “White Mountain.”
  • It was thought to be the world’s highest mountain after its 1808 discovery, replacing Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador.
  • Opposite from Annapurna, Dhaulagiri rises over 7,000 meters above the Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • The first ascent was May 13, 1960 by four members of a Swiss-Austrian team and two sherpas. They climbed the Northeast Ridge, today’s normal route.
  • In 1969 an 11-man US expedition led by Boyd Everett attempted the unclimbed knife-edge Southeast Ridge of Dhaulagiri, despite none of the team having Himalayan experience. At 17,000 feet six Americans and two Sherpas were bridging a 10-foot-wide crevasse when a massive avalanche swept down, sweeping away all but Louis Reichardt. At that time it was the worst disaster in Nepalese climbing history.
  • The normal route is considered a reasonable climb with moderate avalanche danger and only short technical climbing sections.

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