Dhaulagiri

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Details

Elevation (feet): 26794
Elevation (meters): 8167
Continent: Asia
Country: Nepal
Range/Region: Himalaya
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

Description

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.

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