Trip Report
26,975ft Dhaulagiri, Life and Death on the 7th tallest peak in the world
Wednesday February 6, 2019 11:13am
Below is my write up for 8163 meter (26,795ft) Dhaulagiri in Nepal. This trip report took me months to complete so I hope whoever reads it finds it worth all the time I put into it. Included are dozens of pictures and videos of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Fee free to ask any questions since I know information on these types of peaks is hard to find.

Link here:

Photo from Dhaulagiri camp 3 at 23,760ft looking over a sea of clouds ...
Photo from Dhaulagiri camp 3 at 23,760ft looking over a sea of clouds towards Annapurna
Credit: Kushrocks

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About the Author
Kushrocks is a mountain climber from Denver, Colorado.


Trad climber
  Feb 6, 2019 - 12:03pm PT
Whoa, that sounds like a hell of a trip. Congratulations on getting home safe! Thanks for spending the time to write that up.

Mountain climber
Somewhere Fun
  Feb 6, 2019 - 12:53pm PT
Welcome home!

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Feb 6, 2019 - 02:50pm PT
Heavy duty trip man. Thanks for the detailed write up. Way to grind it out up there. Nepal is a special place to me as I've visited several times.




Big Wall climber
  Feb 6, 2019 - 04:00pm PT
One of the better trip reports I have read on this site for sure. Congratulations on both the ascent and your excellent write-up of the entire adventure. Your photos are terrific too. I cannot imagine the horror of watching the tent with Simone blow off the mountain, how the heck does one deal with that?
Todd Eastman

Social climber
Putney, VT
  Feb 6, 2019 - 04:36pm PT
Super report!

Thanks for the detailed story.

Social climber
  Feb 6, 2019 - 04:40pm PT
Wow! Just wow! Great climbing, great report, and a very wise decision to descend. Thank you.

Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
  Feb 6, 2019 - 05:40pm PT
Badazz! TFPU and the time to write it up.

He likes it too!

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Feb 6, 2019 - 06:58pm PT
Awesome trip report. I think you cheated death more than once on the "mountain of storms."

I enjoyed the same views you did, from the edge of Muktinath on a scenic detour, coming back from our hike through Mustang in 2008.

What an incredible mountain!

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
  Feb 6, 2019 - 08:51pm PT
Thanks! Amazing trip. Serious biz for sure.

Anchorage Alaska
  Feb 6, 2019 - 10:16pm PT
Thanks for the report!!!

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
  Feb 6, 2019 - 10:32pm PT
I read it from beginning to end and loved every minute of it.

One question I have is how did you choose your logistical agency? From their names, it seems none of them were Sherpas but rather inexperienced lowland Nepalis.

The other question is who fixed the ropes? Sherpas from the other teams?
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
  Feb 7, 2019 - 04:01am PT
Namaste. Thank you.

Social climber
  Feb 10, 2019 - 08:08am PT
hey there say, ... kushrocks... wow!
say ,thanks so very very much for sharing all this...

and, for micronut, chipping in too... as to nepal...

hey there say, to johntp and,
to jan... and, to
everyone, too...


jan, thanks for the questions here, too...
i would like to understand anything you ask and share...
i enjoy, too, what you have learned and shared in the past...

Ice climber
hartford, ct
  Feb 11, 2019 - 05:03am PT
Really great TR...

Do it now before your girlfriend lets you know you're having triplets!

Trad climber
under the sea
  Feb 7, 2019 - 03:06pm PT
Great write up, thanks for posting. Know that for every appreciative comment there are many more who felt the same but did not post. Gland you came home safe. cheers-


Ice climber
Pomfert VT
  Feb 7, 2019 - 04:57pm PT
WOW! Incredible adventure! thanks for sharing!
Inner City

Trad climber
Portland, OR
  Feb 7, 2019 - 07:51pm PT
Wow that was an unbelievably detailed and comprehensive trip report. Thanks for all the info, photos, and vids. I am impressed with your ability to relate that full story so well.



Westminster Colorado
  Feb 7, 2019 - 09:04pm PT
Awesome. Thanks for that.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
  Feb 10, 2019 - 07:18am PT
Intense. Thanks. So much of these big peaks seems to be Russian roulette, however. You can pretty much count on someone dying every year on every peak. Glad it wasn't you. This quote stuck with me re. the Everest circus:

Not a single person would summit Dhaulagiri this season . . meanwhile Mt. Everest saw a record breaking 700+ summits this season with an 11 day window of great weather.

I just don't get it. At least it seemed not to zooy on your peak.

Stay safe!