• Jeff Baierlein

Viristar Welcomes Renowned Nepal Expedition Doctor Nima Namgyal Sherpa to Viristar Instructor Team



Viristar is pleased to announce that Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa, an accomplished expedition & rescue doctor and mountaineer, has joined the Viristar team.


Dr. Sherpa will be instructing emergency medicine and wilderness rescue trainings with Viristar.


Originally from the high-altitude (3,970m/13,000ft) village of Khumjung in northeastern Nepal, Kathmandu-based Dr. Sherpa brings a proven track record of excellence as a wilderness medicine and outdoor education instructor.


He also brings impeccable outdoor leadership credentials: Dr. Sherpa has worked as expedition doctor, basecamp manager and leader of numerous mountaineering expeditions, including successfully summiting Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mt. Amadablam (6812m), Denali (6191m), Lobuche East (6150m) and Island Peak (6189m).


He has also led many treks in the Himalayas, and led film production projects for the BBC, Channel Ten, TVB, NDTV, HBO and others.


Dr. Sherpa is the Founder and Managing Director of Himalayan Medics, and Founder and Director of guiding company Kaitu Expedition.


He holds a postgraduate DiMM Diploma in Mountain Medicine from ISMM/MMSN Nepal, and a DiMEM International Diploma in Mountain Emergency Medicine from EURAC Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine in Italy (approved by UIAA/ISMM/ICAR).


Dr. Sherpa also has completed training in Tropical & Infectious Disease with the B.P.K. Institute of Health Science/Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium.


Dr. Sherpa has been involved in major mountain rescue missions, including on Mt. Everest, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Dhaulagiri. These included major avalanches, crevasse rescue, body recoveries, and the 2015 earthquake and 2014 Khumbu Icefall avalanche on Mt. Everest.


He is associated with UIAA MEDCOM, the Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal, the Nepal Medical Association, the Expedition Operators Association, the Juniper Fund, and the Khumbu Climbing Center.


Dr. Sherpa is also an Executive Member and Convener with the Nepal Mountaineering Association, and Executive Board Member of Himalayan Trust Nepal, established by Sir Edmund Hillary, which works in education and health sectors in the Solukhumbu District in eastern Nepal.


He is acclaimed for his contributions to society and the mountaineering industry, and has been featured in international media (including movie and television productions) for his work in the mountains.


Dr. Sherpa’s first wilderness medicine courses that he will be teaching with Viristar include a Wilderness First Responder class and a Wilderness First Aid course in Bali, Indonesia.


Welcome, Dr. Sherpa!