Sixty-eight climbers gathered together in Kathmandu on October 12th at Crimpanzee Adventure Hub, ready to try their hands, and feet, at the first Musa Masala wall climbing competition for beginners!

Bringing together ages 6 to 37, the Musa team wanted to provide a safe, fun and educational environment for entrants. And Crimpanzee was a perfect place to hold the event. Organized by the team at Wongchhu Peak Promotion, the first class experience created a lot of excitement for everyone.

 Climbers with the organizers!

The competitors were divided into three divisions: one for kids under 11, and one male and one female division. Awards, donated by our sponsors, were given for first through third place. We had a stellar group to support us, including outdoor clothing companies Scarpa, Camp Gear and Beal, as well as the Mulberry Hotel and the Nepali Ghar hotel.

We were honored to have the Nepali mountain clothing company, Nirvana Gear and its co-founder Binod Mani, donate the awesome shirt and leggings combo that each climber received at registration. Seeing the participants all in their special Musa Masala gear with all the sponsor logos and Wongchhu Peak Promotion logo was so awesome, and it added to the energy of the event!

Xindoma Chyawa in the final round in the womens division

Another great addition to the competition was our two judges. Mr. Lakpa Sherpa is the past head instructor at the Nepal Mountaineering Association. An incredible climber and teacher, we were so fortunate that Lakpa joined us. Our second judge was the up and coming climber who is well known for her speed climbing and both national and international awards, Panchamaya Tamang. Panchmaya worked with the Musa team from the beginning to help put the competition together. Having her on board helped in the formation of what we wanted to do, who we wanted to reach, and how to accomplish that.

The judges’ table with the staff from Crimpanzee, and judges Lakpa Sherpa, Dome Sherpa and Panchamaya Tamang keeping time

The competition itself was kept on the rails by the team at Wongchhu Peak Promotion, Ang Diku Sherpa, Sonam Sherpa, Phula Sherpa, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Mingmar Sherpa, Sangita Rai and Roshan Shrestha. Roshan and Sangita also entered as climbers! Dome Sherpa worked on the organization as well, helped to belay climbers and starred along with Panchmaya Tamang in our promotional video!

Group with banner – Lakpa Sherpa and part of the Wilderness Medical Society trek with Dr. Eric Johnson as he left the competition for his flight home

We truly owe a big thanks to everyone at Crimpanzee Adventure Hub who worked all day to make the event successful. Thanks to the route setters, belayers, the shoe and harness team, the waitresses, cooks and everyone at Crimpanzee.

Thank you khata ceremony for Bikash Gurung, who set the routes for the climbers! Also pictured are Judge Lakpa Sherpa, special guest Pem Dorjee Sherpa, judge Panchmaya Tamang, Bikash Gurung, sponsor with Scarpa, Camp and Beal Mahadev Sharma, organizer Lakpa Sherpa, director of Wongchhu Peak Promotion, Mike Ji with Musa Masala, and Melissa Perkins with the Wilderness Medical Society

The winners for each division are as follows. As each division came down to the final round the crowd support for each climber really brought together the fun and community we were really hoping to create for everyone.

The under 11 division

  1. Lakpa Chirring Sherpa
  2. Mingmar Tenzing Sherpa
  3. Dawa Geljen Sherpa

The mens’ division 

  1. Karma Karan Garung
  2. Aran Hamal
  3. Tenzi Sherpa

The womens’ division 

  1. Premi Tamang
  2. Chippa  Lhomi
  3. Santoshi Magar

The prizes for the winners in the mens’ and womens’ divisions included:

A one year membership to Crimpanzee Adventure Hubs, Scarpa climbing shoes, a special notebook and pen, and Nirvana and Musa Masala buffs. The second place finishers received six-month memberships to Crimpanzee Adventure Hub, a climbing harness, notebook, pen and buffs. The third place finishers received a three-month membership to Crimpanzee Adventure Hub, a climbing chalk bag, notebook, pen, and buffs.

We want to thank our sponsors again for the prizes and support! Thank you to our awesome emcee, Sonam Jangbu Sherpa, who kept the competition rolling along and was a steady hand at the wheel to make it all happen. We also give our biggest thank you to the climbers, their families and friends who came out to this new event. We hope you were inspired to get to one of Kathmandu’s climbing gyms and have fun while learning a great sport. 

 Part of the organizing team from Wongchhu Peak Promotion: Phula Sherpa, Roshan Shrestha, Sonam Sherpa, Sangita Rai, Ang Diku Sherpa

During the competition, Lakpa Sherpa and the Musa team were asked by the co-sponsors and members of the climbing community to commit to creating a series of competitions to help grow the community in Kathmandu. We selected November 4th, 2023 for the next competition.

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So we commit to building upon this first round and bring, in 2025, an international competition to Kathmandu. We hope this beginning contest will bring some of these same competitors from this first contest all the way to an international stage. Keep up with us, Wongchhu Peak Promotion and Nirvana Gears as we build this into a competition for everyone who wants to get up and go climb.

Learn more in this YouTube video by Kamal Kuswar, who attended the competition, and this article about the competition in Nepal News.

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