Along with Cho Oyu (world’s sixth highest mountain), Giripremi had planned a parallel expedition to world’s 7th highest mountain – Dhaulagiri during Apr – May 2016.
(dhaulāgirī) is the Nepali name for the mountain which comes from Sanskrit where (dhawala) means dazzling, white, beautiful and giri means mountain. Dhaulagiri 1 is also the highest point of the Gandaki river basin.
Dhaulagiri is one of the lesser climbed 8000 m peaks, probably due to it being a little more remote than its more accessible cousins.
Once believed to be the highest mountain in the world, the mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches and Giripremi climbed via the standard route, the North East Ridge.
The team comprised of experienced Ashish Mane and Prasad Joshi; and debutants – Askhay Patke and Pawan Hadole. The peak offered numerous challenges, even the team members – Ashish, Pawan, Akshay had to retreat one after the other. But disregarding all odds, Prasad showed immense determination and perseverance. On 19th May 2016, exactly after four years, Prasad Joshi reached the top of the mountain and made the expedition a huge success.
Leader – Umesh Zirpe
Team Members – Ashish Mane, Prasad Joshi, Akshay Patke, Pawan Hadole
Giripremi extends its sincere thanks to Guardian Corp. for being the pillar of this expedition.
Giripremi also wish to thank all those individuals who participated in various support treks/expeditions which were organized for raising funds for this expedition.