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Dhaulagiri: 7th Highest Mountain in the World

Fast Facts About Dhaulagiri


Dhaulagiri: 7th Highest Mountain in the World

Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, is named for its shining snows.

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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

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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