Usually translated as “the Great White Mountain”, the name Dhaulagiri can also mean the “dazzling,” “white” or “beautiful mountain” in the original Sanskrit. The world’s seventh highest peak, the only one of the 8,000ers that’s usually visible from the plains of northern India, clearly made an impression on the people who named it and continues to dazzle climbers to this day. Rarely summited, it’s one of the most interesting 8,000m peaks, offering multiple potential routes to the skilled and dedicated mountaineer.
Climb the Great White Mountain
Dhaulagiri is not a challenge for the fainthearted. Long thought to be the highest mountain in the Himalayas, its imposing bulk stands as a significant obstacle to any climber wishing to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000ers. Many talented mountaineers have tried and failed to reach its dazzling white peak. More than a few have paid the ultimate price for their failure.
A true connoisseurs’ climb, Dhaulagiri is rarely attempted by commercial expeditions. In 2019 for example, during their Bremont Project Possible push, our leaders Nimsdai and Mingma David led the only team on the mountain. Dhaulagiri’s relative isolation means it’s more important than ever to work with a team that takes care of everything - from carrying food to fixing ropes. Elite Exped’s climbing plans are based off Nimsdai and Mingma David’s successful summit expeditions. Our proven experience on a mountain that’s unfamiliar to most makes us the best-placed operation to entrust with your dreams.