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Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world, with a summit elevation of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet) above sea level. It is located in the Dhaulagiri Himalaya range of Nepal, just west of the Annapurna massif.

The name "Dhaulagiri" means "White Mountain" in the local language, referring to the snow and ice that cover the mountain's peaks and ridges. Dhaulagiri is known for its steep, technical terrain, with several challenging routes leading to the summit.

The first successful ascent of Dhaulagiri was made in 1960 by a Swiss team led by Max Eiselin. Since then, the mountain has been climbed by a number of elite mountaineers, including Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka.

The area surrounding Dhaulagiri is home to a variety of ethnic groups, including the Gurung people, who have a rich cultural heritage and are renowned for their mountaineering skills. The region is also home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species such as the snow leopard and the Himalayan black bear.

Dhaulagiri is a popular destination for mountaineering, with several routes leading to the summit. The mountain is often climbed by experienced mountaineers as part of a training expedition for Everest or other 8,000-meter peaks.