14 eight-thousanders


8.167 m

“It was the third time that I had been to Dhaulagiri, which for me is a special mountain. It was my first eight-thousander at the age of 24, and where I had lost three good climbing buddies including my great friend Pepe Garcés. At the third attempt I reached the summit of one of the most beautiful and spectacular mountains there is”

The white mountain

Ranking: 7 Elevation: 8.167 m
First conquered: on the 13th of May 1960 an Austro-Swiss expedition led by Max Eiselin successfully placed Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nyima Dorji and Nawang Dorji on the summit

The ‘White Mountain’, at an elevation of 8,167 metres, was Edurne’s first challenge in 2008. For thirty years it was thought to be the highest peak on earth. The first ascent was in 1960, which opened up the route the majority of expeditions now follow. The mountain that got Pasaban started in the Himalayas was finally conquered by the girl from Gipuzkoa on the 1st of May 2008 at the third attempt.

The name Dhaulagiri comes from Sanskrit (‘Dhavala giri’) and means ‘white mountain. After its discovery by the Western world in 1808, it was named the highest peak in the world, replacing Chimborazo in Ecuador which, at 6,130 m, had been considered the highest mountain on the planet until that point.

That title, however, would only be held for 30 years at which point Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) took over the mantle.

Summit climbed by Edurne Pasaban on the 1st of May 2008.