Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 M. 46 Nights / 47 Days ) massif, ‘White Mountain’ from Sanskrit, is a real colossal shoulder of shining ice and snow among 8000m peaks consisting of 5 major peaks with prominence ranging from 135m to 3357m. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) is the 7th highest mountain in the world and one of more daunting peaks to climb with the first successful summit only in 1960. Dhaulagiri, lies on north – west of Pokhara culminating high point at its eastern end. Dhaulagiri is almost exceptional in the world in terms of its escalation above native terrain, it rises 7000m. over Kaligandaki gorge the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is histrionic as two eight thousands, Annapurna I & Dhaulagiri both lies near the river facing each other over a deep valley. When Dhaulagiri was first discovered in 1808, it was believed to be the highest mountain in the world. In fact it remained as highest peak for 30 years before its place was taken by Kanchanjunga.
The South and West faces of Dhaulagiri both feature gigantic drops; each rises over 4000 meters from its base, and each has been the site of historical climbs. The peak was first conquered in 1960 by a Swiss / Austrian expedition team via North East Ridge which has been the normal route of scaling for most of the mountaineering to date. The vast majority of ascents to date have been via the first ascent route, which is the "Normal Route" on the mountain. However ascents have been made from almost every direction. Dhaulagiri has 5 ridges and south and west faces, which raise 4000m from their Base Camps, proposing prospects to develop many exciting routes from Italian, Swiss and French camps. As of 2007, there had been 358 summit ascents of Dhaulagiri and 58 climbing mortalities on the mountain. Due to its technically challenging routes, only experienced climbers seem to have interest in this tough mountain. The best climbing season is late spring.
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