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Dhaulagiri, whose name means White Mountain, is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It is an enormous Himalayan massif, located in north central Nepal. It is the highest mountain located entirely within Nepal. After its discovery by the western world in 1808, it replaced Ecuador's Chimborazo (20,561 ft.) as the postulated highest mountain in the world. It maintained this standing for nearly 30 years, until the discovery of Kangchenjunga (28,169 ft.), which was then falsely believed to be the world's highest mountain. Dhaulagiri's crest stretches for thirty miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls. Along the main crest, several pyramid-shaped peaks rise. Four of these summits, numbered from east to west, rise above 25,000 feet. In 1960, the Swiss/Austrian expedition who first reached the summit did so despite their airplane having crashed during the approach. This was the first Himalayan climb supported by an airplane, although the plane was subsequently abandoned on the mountain.

Elevation (feet): 26,794
Elevation (meters): 8,167
Continent: Asia
Country: Nepal
Range/Region: Western Nepal Himalaya
Latitude: 28.7
Longitude: 83.5
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Apr, May
Year first climbed: 1960
First successful climber(s): Kurt Diemberger, P. Diener, E. Forrer, A. Schelbert, Nyima Dorji, Nawang Dorji, (Swiss/Austrian expedition)
Nearest major airport: Kathmandu, Nepal
Convenient Center: Pokhara, Nepal

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 8 trip reports for Dhaulagiri.

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  • Log #22325 - by cleo weidlich on June 27, 2012
    Dhaulagiri (I) was one of my most difficult climbs. The first obstacle on the mountain is right in front of BC, known as the Little Eiger, Lots of rock fall and ice avalanches as you traverse this...
  • Log #1765 - by Fredrik Sträng on Nov 01, 2002
    It was a hard mountain. The winds, the snow and the avalanches where many. I choose to climb Dhaulagiri as my first 8000-m peak, I believe now that maybe I should have chosen another one if I have...
  • Log #1766 - by Fredrik Sträng on Nov 01, 2002
    Team "Altitude with attitude", a group of 6 members from Sweden are attempting to climb Dhaulagiri starting on the 3 of April 2003. Follow our struggle, dream and andeavour on www.whitemountain.nu...
  • Log #1767 - by Rainer Faulstich on Apr 29, 2002
    We (Swiss anniversary expedition 2000) did not succeed on this summit due to enormous amounts snow and bad weather. Rainer
  • Log #1768 - by Ang Karma Sherpa on July 10, 2000
    I direct Windhorse Trekking in Kathmandu, Nepal. I hope to provide the best mountaineering and expedition back up services for climbers in the Himalaya.
  • Log #1769 - by Sung-Jae Cha on Dec 08, 1999
    I'm a Korean climber who is interested with climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri. My team has a plane to climbing that in a few years. So I need information about Dhaulagiri.
  • Log #1770 - by Endika Urtaran on Mar 26, 1999
    We are preparing an Expedition for 3 persons to Dhaulagiri, but we haven't found enought information about the way. If any person knows something about climbing way and the dificulty please write me...
  • Log #1771 - by Christopher Haddad on Mar 24, 1999
    On the 6 of June, 1998, I was to become the youngest person to ever summit Dhaulagiri at the age of 16. The summit was magnificent, pearing out to Annapurna to the east, along with Tukucha. However,...