Monday, July 13, 2015

Dhaulagiri - no love for 7th place

Dhaulagiri I  is the 7th tallest mountain in the world at 8167 meters tall, but back in 1808 it was the tallest mountain yet surveyed. It wasn't until 1838 that Kangchenjunga got first place followed by Everest in 1858.

The name Dhaulagiri means "white mountain" or "dazzling white beautiful mountain". A Swiss expedition was the first to reach its peak in 1960 (that's 7 years after the first ascent of Everest).

Like most of the tallest mountains on Earth, it is located in Nepal. In fact, of the 10 highest mountains on Earth, 9 are in Nepal. The defector is K2, the second highest mountain, which is in China.

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