Dhaulagiri

The last of the accessible 8000 meter peaks to be scaled.

The 8167 meter high Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest of the 8 thousand meter peaks and the last of the accessible ones to be climbed. Shishapangma lies entirely in Tibet (China) and was forbidden territory at the time of the attempts to scale the 8000 meter peaks. Read more about Shishapangma

In 1960 a Swiss/Austrian team attempted the still virgin mountain of Dhaulagiri. Eight previous expeditions had failed to climb the mountain. The first of the expeditions to attempt Dhaulagiri was the French expedition in 1950 that searched a route on Dhaulagiri but didn’t find a feasible route. They went on to make the first ascent of Annapurna, the fist 8000 meter peak to be climbed.

The Swiss/Austrian team used a small plane to ferry men and supplies to the mountain. After having established camps at Dhambush Col and at the North East Col of Dhaulagiri the Yeti, as the called their plane, crashed from Dhambush Pas into the Hidden Valley leaving the teams on the mountain unsupported.

But they carried on and established camps higher and higher up the mountain. Finally on the 13th of May Kurt Diemberger, P. Diener, E. Forrer, A. Schelbert, Nyima Dorje Sherpa and Nawang Dorje Sherpa made it to the summit. Thereby Diemberger became the second person to make first ascents of two 8000+ mountains and the only one still alive. Herman Buhl died on Chogolisa in Pakistan after his and Diembergers first ascent of Broad Peak. Herman Buhl was allready fameous due to his first ascent of Nanga Parbat which he did solo.