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:

Come join us at the preview for Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya! Book readings, signings, guest speakers and more. November 6, 2-5pm at the Mulberry Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Creation of Altitude Tips cards printed in Nepali for porters, guides and trekkers; Now available and being distributed!

Educational video on acute mountain sickness, featuring personal narratives

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; now for the fall, 2018 season

Altitude Tip Cards—being used by the Nepali Diploma in Mountain Medicine Group

Tutorial on venomous snakes with Jules Sylvester of Reptile Rentals for the Good Trekker, Safe Climber series; Now available on our YouTube channel!

Highlighting the work of nonprofit organizations in Nepal through our Musa Masala website

Promotional film for the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital

Promoting and helping to sponsor women’s climbing in Nepal

Our future projects:

Creation of Advanced Altitude Tips cards for medical providers

Altitude Tips cards printed in Spanish

Creation of new video content on various aspects of mountain travel and safety

Organizing and supporting women’s mountaineering in the Himalaya

Our past projects:

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)

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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 a Manager at Wongchhu Peak Promotion. 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 Wongchhu 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.

 

Dr. Jennifer Konopka

 

Lakpa Sherpa is the daughter of the late Wongchhu Sherpa and Managing Director at Wongchhu Peak Promotion. 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.


Musa Athlete Olga Dobranowski, MD

 

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.

Suzanne Cheree Ellis

Suzanne is a paramedic, instructor and artist. Currently in Texas, Suzanne attended a Wilderness Medicine Conference and heard about Musa Masala and has been a great help. Her artistic abilities are amazing. She donated work to the art auction and we look forward to many more amazing pieces from her. You can check out some of her work at her Instagram @suzannecheree_art.

 

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, MBBS, DiMM, “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.