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:
It’s here! Our original book, Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya. Proceeds benefit the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Project.
- The use of the Musa Masala Altitude Tip card by Sergeant Rescue Training and consulting for their expedition to Mt Everest Base Camp
- Supporting fundraising for Olga Dobranowski’s successful solo summit of Ama Dablam
- 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 Tips 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, 2019 season
- Educational video on acute mountain sickness, featuring personal narratives
- Altitude Tip cards, being used by the Nepali Diploma in Mountain Medicine Group
- 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
- 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
Our future projects:
- Expanding our reach outside of Nepal by providing our educational materials and video library to organizations, schools, medical clinics and associations, climbing schools, clubs and companies, specifically towards supporting women in the outdoors.
- Attending and having our Musa table at the Wilderness Medical Society Masters Conference in Stowe, Vermont, Sept. 13-16.
- Return to Nepal for the opening of the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital, October 2019
- 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:
- 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)
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.
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.