"It was the third time I had been to Dhaulagiri, a special mountain for me. It was my first eight-thousander when I was 24 years old and I had lost three good climbing friends there, among them my great friend Pepe Garcés. On the third attempt I reach the summit of one of the most beautiful and spectacular mountains."
First ascent: on 13 May 1960, a Swiss-Austrian expedition led by Max Eiselin resulted in Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nyima Dorji and Nawang Dorji reaching the summit.
The "White Mountain", with an elevation of 8,167 metres, was Edurne's first challenge of 2008. For 30 years it was thought to be the highest peak in the world and it was reached for the first time in 1960 when a new route was found which is now followed by most expeditions. The mountain that introduced Pasaban to the Himalayas was finally successfully climbed by the climber from Guipuzkoa on her third attempt on 1 May 2008.
The name Dhaulagiri comes from the Sanskrit (Dhavala giri) for "white mountain". After its discovery by the western world in 1808, it was designated as the highest peak in the world, replacing Chimborazo, in Ecuador, which at 6,310 m tall was until then considered the highest elevation on the planet.
However, its ranking as the highest peak only lasted until Kangchenjunga (8,586 m) took over this title 30 years later.
Peak reached by Edurne Pasaban on
1 May 2008.