Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition

About Expedition

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. 

  • Seventh highest mountain in the world.
  • One of the most technically difficult mountains, which could not see any summits in several climbing seasons. 
  • Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545 ft) is just 34 km. east of Dhaulagiri
  • As of 2007 there had been 358 successful ascents and 58 fatalities, which is a summit to fatality rate of 16.2%.
  • On 13 May 1960 – Swiss-Austrian expedition led by Max Eiselin, made a successful ascent to Dhaulagiri.

Leader – Umesh Zirpe

Team Members – Ashish Mane, Prasad Joshi, Akshay Patke, Pawan Hadole 

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Altitude Reached

8167 m

Date of Summit

19 th May 2016

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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.

Prasad Joshi Dhaulagiri Summit
Prasad Joshi on the summit of Dhaulagiri in a heroic second attempt!
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