Considered one of the highest peaks in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Dunagiri lies at the northwest corner of the ‘Sanctuary Wall’, a ring of peaks surrounding Nanda Devi and enclosing the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Dunagiri has a towering elevation of 7,066m. It lies in the Nanda Devi group of peaks.
Dunagiri was first climbed on 5 July 1939 by the Swiss climbers André Roch, F. Steuri, and D. Zogg, via the southwest ridge.
In a significant milestone for alpine-style climbing, Joe Tasker and Dick Renshaw climbed a particularly difficult route on the southeast buttress in 1975.
In 1978 the first Australian Himalayan expedition by the Australian National University Mountaineering Club made the fourth ascent via the south-west ridge.
- Southwest ridge
- Southeast buttress
HOW TO REACH
The trek to Dunagiri commences from the holy town of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
- ROAD: Being a revered Hindu pilgrimage site, Badrinath has good connectivity of roads from cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. One can reach to these places from Delhi and get a bus or shared taxi to Badrinath. The buses usually leave early morning from places like Haridwar and Rishikesh.
- RAIL: Badrinath doesn’t have a railhead. Nearest railway station to Badrinath is situated in Haridwar. Haridwar is connected with major cities like Delhi, Ahmadabad and Dehradun.
- AIR: The nearest airport to Joshimath is Jolly Grant situated in Dehradun. From there, one can opt for a bus or a taxi to reach Badrinath.