Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Tapting Project

The WSMH Tapting project is a result of a commitment to a long-standing vision by the late Wongchhu Sherpa to give back to his boyhood village in Nepal after achieving success with his tourism business. After spearheading the development of roads, hydro-power projects, water projects, and a school in his local community, when asked what else he wanted to accomplish before passing away on December 30, 2015, he stated his wish to bring better access and quality healthcare to his Chyangba village and lower Solukhumbu region – a community of approximately 30,000 people. This project is derived from his family and many friends at the WMS, Everest ER, and others wanting to fulfil that wish.

Several organizations are working together to make this project a reality. Lakpa Sherpa, daughter of Wongchhu, and Managing Director of Wongchhu Peak Promotion, coordinates local and national efforts in Nepal via the non-profit Himalayan Yokpu Foundation (HYF). From the USA, Drs. Luanne Freer and Eric Johnson (of Everest ER) liaise with HYF to work on project planning and international fundraising. The late Dr. Paul Auerbach was also instrumental in supporting the project until his passing in the summer. The Wilderness Medical Society is the primary US-based non-profit organization that supports the international fundraising for the WSMH Tapting. It also supports the project via treks to Everest Base Camp and the hospital site in Nepal, the proceeds of which are donated to the hospital. Musa Masala is a non-profit organization that donates the proceeds of a book by the same name to the hospital.

Paul Auerbach Memorial Fund



Paul Auerbach, MD, often regarded as the “father of wilderness medicine,” was a Co-Founder of the WMS and a Past President who was passionate about service, adventure and teaching. He became fast friends with Wongchhu Sherpa during visits to Nepal and promised Wongchhu before he passed that he would help bring quality healthcare to the lower Solukhumbu region. Paul led many successful fundraising efforts through the WMS for the hospital and invested much of his time and personal finances to get it up and running. Your donation will ensure that the legacy of these two incredible men carries on for generations to come.

June 2021 Update:

This brief 3½ minute video shows the progress that has been made as of June 2021. The Khamding Health post has been relocated to the WSMH Tapting building as an initial public-private partnership with the Nepali government. Some basic medical equipment has been purchased thanks to funds recently sent by the WMS and other generous donors. We appreciate your continued support in order to purchase the remaining equipment and pay for operating costs. 


Below is a compelling 19-minute video which shares more about the desperate need for the WMSH in the Solukhumbu area of Nepal, and the tremendous progress that has been made with the hospital building to date. Join the WMS in supporting this worthy effort. Donate today.




WSMH Tapting Working Group

The Wilderness Medical Society will serve as the US based nonprofit coordinating finances and organization. The steering committee for this meaningful project is comprised of:

Eric Johnson, Chair, MD, FAWM
Past-President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Teton Co. Fire; Medical Director, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, Deaconess Health, Bozeman, MT.; Medical Consultant, Global Rescue, LLC; Frequent volunteer for the Himalayan Rescue Association clinics and Everest ER. NAUI instructor #22649 (ret)


Luanne Freer, MD, FACEP, FAWM
Past President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Yellowstone National Park; Founder/Director, Everest ER, Nepal.



Lakpa Sherpa
Project Director, Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Tapting; Chair, Himalayan Yokpu Foundation; Chair, Wongchhu Peak Promotion Pvt. Ltd. Lakpa is the youngest daughter of Late Mr. Wongchhu Sherpa.  Lakpa has been actively involved in the travel and tourism industry as well as social work for more than 8 years. She has dedicated herself to promoting & uplifting the entire Himalayan region of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan onto the international tourism stage.

Renita Fonseca, CAE, CMP
CEO, Wilderness Medical Society





Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya is the story of a Sherpa orphan girl whose life changes as she follows the path of the climbing Sherpa to Mount Everest Base Camp. Vivid and beautiful illustrations bring the story and the stunning sights of the Himalaya to life. Proceeds will help fund the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Tapting. Visit musamasala.com/our-book/ for more information and to order.