What We Do

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:

  • On sale! Our original book, Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya. $20 from each book benefits the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Project.

  • Coordination of Musa members and friends to exchange current and important treatment guidelines, advice and learned experience for patient treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Find our COVID-19 blog posts here.)
  • Shipping personal protection equipment to healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.
    Promoting George Sachs GoFundMe, bringing needed PPE to healthcare workers.
  • The official opening ceremonies for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital on October 2nd, 2020.
  • The first Musa Masala trek, October 2nd -15th, 2020. Including the hospital opening ceremonies and trekking in the Mardi Himal region of Nepal!
  • The first Musa Masala sponsored Climbing Compitition at the Pasang Llamu Climbing Center in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 6th, 2020. Open competition with multiple catagories and prizes.
  • Commencement of the first Musa Masala nurse and medical technician scholarship program in Nepal, 2020
  • Introducing our first Musa fundraising climb, June 9 – 11, 2020 with the acclaimed Benegas Brothers Expeditions and Willie Benegas to Mt Baker, North Cascades in Washington
  • Musa Masala Comedy Jam Jam series continues in 2020, locations TBD
  • Musa will again attend the Sierra Nevada Wilderness Medicine and Conservation Conference in Quincy, CA, June 6-7, 2020
  • More appearances at events and conferences to support book sales and Musa fundraising
  • Continuing educational programs that help prevent altitude illness and promote healthy outdoor adventures
  • The expansion of our YouTube library, providing more information and educational opportunities to learn about altitude illness, adventure travel preparation, and outdoor health and safety issues
  • Altitude Tip cards: Continuing our work work with the Himalayan Rescue Association to supply climbers, trekkers, porters and guides with our free altitude safety cards, printed in English and Nepali; Available at clinics in Manang, Pheriche and Everest ER for the spring, 2020 season
  • The use of the Musa Masala Altitude Tip card by Sergeant Rescue Training and consulting for their expedition to Mt Everest Base Camp, spring 2020
  • Altitude Tip cards, being used by the Nepali Diploma in Mountain Medicine Group
  • Educational video on acute mountain sickness, featuring personal narratives
  • Highlighting the work of nonprofit organizations in Nepal through our Musa Masala website
  • Promoting and helping to sponsor women’s climbing in Nepal
  • Continuing to help promote films and projects we believe in: Equal Playing Field, In the Shadows of Everest

Our past projects:

  • Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya donated $3,000 to the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital fund within first six months of release.  JAM JAM!
  • Comedy Jam Jam in Denver, CO, October, 2019—a big success!
  • Musa Masala table at the Masters of Wilderness Medicine Conference in Stowe, VT
  • Nepal in Ireland Festival, Hannah Dennison presentation on Musa Masala and sales table, 2019
  • Table, viewing and discussion of the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital video at the Sierra Nevada Conservation and Wilderness Medicine Conference in Quincy, California, May 31 – June 2nd 2019
  • Supporting fundraising for Olga Dobranowski’s successful solo summit of Ama Dablam, over $2,000 raised for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital, spring 2019
  • Educational videos from Everest ER placed on our YouTube channel
  • Promotional film for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital
  • Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya book preview, held at the Mulberry Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal on Nov. 6, 2018. Government officials, leaders in the trekking and climbing industry, noted writers and community leaders celebrated the book preview along with the construction of the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital and the promotion of tourism in Nepal.
  • Musa Masala book preview at the Cafe de 8848 in Namche Bazaar, Nepal!
  • Musa Masala book preview at Tengboche, Nepal!
  • Kickstarter campaign in October 2018 that raised money to publish and print Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya. Thanks to all our backers who made this possible!
  • Tutorial on venomous snakes with Jules Sylvester of Reptile Rentals for the Good Trekker, Safe Climber series; Now available on our YouTube channel!
  • COMEDY JAM JAM!! Musa’s first comedy show fundraiser for the Wonghhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital was a fun success!
    August 5, 2018 Timpanogos Tavern in Heber City, Utah
  • An exclusive interview with Lhakpa Sherpa, after her 9th record setting ascent of Mt Everest, and the director of the Lhakpa Sherpa documentary, Alan Blassberg
  • Fundraising at the Sierra Nevada Conservation & Wilderness Medicine Conference (June, 2018)
  • Fundraising project for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital, Olga Dobranowski’s solo unassisted climb of Mt Aconcagua, 22,841 ft, 6,960m
  • Supporting the fundraising of the reconstruction of Suri Elementary School in the Dolakha region of Nepal
  • Art fundraiser for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital at the Wilderness Medical Society Conference (February 24, 2018)
  • Gaelforce Women’s Adventure Race, Team Musa Ireland, fundraiser for Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital (Summer, 2017)
  • Supported the all-women’s summit attempt at Mount Kanchenjunga (Spring, 2017)
  • Fundraised for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital at the Wilderness Medical Society annual conference in Breckenridge, Colorado (Summer, 2017)
  • Helped sponsor the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival in Los Angeles, California (April, 2017 and April, 2018)
  • Holiday card fundraiser for Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital (Winter, 2016)