Hirotaka Takeuchi, a Japanese climber, conquered his last of the 14 8000ers, the 8,167m-high Mount Dhaulagiri in Nepal on May 26th. With this achievement he became the first Japanese climber to conquer all the fourteen 8000 metre peaks in the world. According to Nepal Mountaineering Assocaition he is the 30th climber to complete this feat. Takeuchi's effort to climb the world's 14 8000ers began in 1995.
The world's mighty fourteen 8000ers are Mount Everest (8848m),K2 (8611m), Kanchenjunga (8586m),Lhotse(8516m), Makalu(8485m), Cho Oyu(8188m), Dhaulagiri I(8167m), Manaslu(8163m), Nanga parbat(8125Mm), Annapurna I (8091m),GasherbrumI (8080m), Broad Peak (8051m), Gasherbrum II (8034m), Shisapangma (8027m). All these peaks lie in Asia.
A massive chunk of snow and rock – Spire of Dhaulagiri (Pic; Samir Shrestha)