The mountain’s name is धौलागिरी (dhaulāgirī) or धवलागिरी (dhawalāgirī) in Hindi and Nepali. This comes from Sanskrit where धवल (dhawala) means dazzling, white, beautiful and गिरि (giri) means mountain. It is often called Dhaulagiri I, denoting the highest summit in its massif called Dhaulagiri Range (Nepali: श्रृंखला, shrinkhalā), Dhaulagiri Himāl (Nepali: हिमाल) or The Dhaulagiris. This massif extends 120 km from the Kali Gandaki River west to the Bheri. Dhaulagiri I is the easternmost high peak. Dhaulagiri I is also the highest point of the Gandaki river basin.
Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft) is only 34 km. east of Dhaulagiri I. The Kaligandaki River flows between through its notable gorge, said to be the world’s deepest. The town 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.