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Dhaulagiri from Annapurna


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Dhaulagiri stands above a sea of clouds as seen from Annapurna. This painting was painted from a photograph taken by the climber Reinhold Messner. This piece depicts a temperature inversion most commonly experienced on early mornings in the mountains, where a sea of clouds can be seen with peaks sticking out like islands. Alexander has painted this peak in anticipation of his next expedition to climb in Nepal in the post monsoon season of 2014.

The Dhaulagiri massif in Nepal extends 120 km (70 mi) from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri. This massif is enclosed on the north and southwest by tributaries of the Bheri and on the southeast by Myagdi Khola. Dhaulagiri I at 8,167 meters (26,795 ft) ranks seventh among Earth's fourteen peaks over eight thousand meters. It was first climbed on May 13, 1960 by a Swiss/Austrian/Nepali expedition.
The mountain's name is धौलागिरी (dhaulāgirī) in Nepali. This comes from Sanskrit where धवल (dhawala) means dazzling, white, and beautiful and गिरि (giri) means mountain. Dhaulagiri I is also the highest point of the Gandaki river basin. Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545 ft) is only 34 km. east of Dhaulagiri I. The Kali Gandaki River flows between through its notable gorge, said to be the world's deepest. The town of Pokhara is south of the Annapurnas, an important regional center and the gateway for climbers and trekkers visiting both ranges as well as a tourist destination in its own right.