Mission statement:

Musa Masala believes in culturally aware and safe mountain travel. With our projects in healthcare and education, we aim to enhance the experience of the outdoors for the people of Nepal and Nepal’s visitors alike.

Here on the Musa Masala website, we tell stories and connect organizations and individuals who inspire all of us through their work in Nepal and all over the world. We highlight women’s issues and successes in the outdoor community.

Read a story about Musa Masala’s beginning here

Our current projects:

Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalayas—a fundraising book for the Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital in Chyangba Village, Nepal

Altitude Tip Cards—distributed to trekkers and climbers by the Himalayan Rescue Association in their clinics in the Everest region and Annapurna circuit during trekking seasons

Highlighting the work of nonprofit organizations in Nepal

Supporting the fundraising of the reconstruction of Suri Elementary School in the Dolakha region of Nepal

Promotional film for the Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital

Our future projects:

Creation of Advanced Altitude Tips cards for medical providers

Creation of Altitude Tips cards printed in Nepali for porters, guides and trekkers

Placing billboards with altitude safety information in English and Nepali across major trekking routes in Nepal

Organizing and supporting women’s mountaineering in the Himalayas

Our past projects:

Gaelforce Women’s Adventure Race, Team Musa Ireland, fundraiser for Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital (Summer, 2017)

Supported the all-women’s summit attempt at Mount Kanchenjunga (Spring, 2017)

Fundraised for the Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital at the Wilderness Medicine Society annual conference in Breckenridge, Colorado (Summer, 2017)

Helped sponsor the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles, California (April, 2017)

Holiday card fundraiser for Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital (Winter, 2016)

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Meet Our Team!

 

Ang Dawa Sherpa, “Dawa,” is a senior trekking guide. He also writes about trekking and travel for Musa Masala and shares photos from the trail.

 

Ang Diku Sherpa is the Sales Marketing Manager at Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd. She actively promotes tourism and the cultural exchange of ideas in Nepal. Before moving into the travel industry she was a primary school teacher for two years and worked for one year at the Center for Disabled Children Assistance (CDCA). Ang Diku writes for Musa Masala and helps oversee the activities of Musa projects from Kathmandu.

 

Hannah Dennison was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland where she now works as helicopter technician, musician and music and drill team instructor. Hannah came to Nepal with her sister Sarah, a physician, and they trekked with the WMS group to Everest Base Camp. Hannah now does an amazing job running our Facebook page, finding stories, writing for Musa Masala, speaking about our efforts and organizing events in Ireland to raise money for the Wongchu Sherpa Memorial Hospital.

 

Kunga Sherpa is the English teacher at the Chyangba Secondary School in Chyangba Village, where he was born. He graduated from his studies in management faculty. Kunga has also worked as a porter and assistant trekking guide. Kunga writes and conducts interviews for Musa Masala.

 

Lakpa Sherpa is the daughter of the late Wongchu Sherpa and serves on the board of directors at Peak Promotion Pvt. Ltd. She is a true “girl of the Himalayas” and has been working in the tourism sector to help build Nepali society and introduce her country to people around the world. She likes to always think positively and be positive. Lakpa writes posts for Musa Masala and helps oversee the activities of Musa projects from Kathmandu.

 

Michael McLaughlin, “Mike Ji,” as named by Ang Dawa Sherpa, (who claims it is a sign of respect – Mike did look that up, Dawa!) is an EMS provider in Los Angeles, California. Mike writes for and edits the Musa Masala website, and yes, the idea for Musa Masala did come from a mouse running over his head in a teahouse in Pheriche.

 

Phula Sherpa, “Super” Phula,” is a senior trekking guide and provides amazing pictures of Nepal for Musa Masala, especially from the Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

Sarah Frances McClure, DO is an emergency medicine resident at Memorial Health System in Marietta, Ohio. She is also a paramedic and holds a BA in anthropology. Sarah focuses her studies in prehospital and emergency care and wilderness medicine. With Musa Masala, she is excited to help support Nepali women as leaders in their communities and work on pubic health in wilderness environments. Sarah writes about these topics and more for our site.

 

Tatiana Havryliuk, MD originally from the Ukraine, is an emergency physician based in New York City. She travels the world and is passionate about the mountains and Nepal. She spent two seasons working with the Himalayan Rescue Association clinics in Manang and Everest ER. Tatiana writes as Dr. Yak for the Good Trekker Series and also supplies photos from her adventures spreading Musa around the world.

 

Yogesh Subedi, MD, “Yogi,” graduated with an MBBS degree from Maharajgunj  Medical Campus, IOM in 2016. He completed the Nepali diploma in mountain medicine in 2015 and obtained his diploma in global health in 2016 from Nepal. He volunteered at the Everest ER clinic from March to May, 2016. His areas of interest include emergency medicine and high altitude medicine. Yogi writes posts for Musa Masala and translates our altitude cards and other materials into Nepali.