Video Album

“jai dung, dunga, ma”

Tej Bikram Shahi sings the Sherpa folk song that the porters sing in chapter Seven.

Tej’s translation of the song:

Where in every stone almighty and super natural power resides.

Nepali Love Song

Tej Bikram Shahi sings and explains a Nepali love song.

Tej’s translation of the first song:

It’s not difficult to die, but I can’t kill your love.
For me it is easy to die, but to kill your love is really difficult.

Tej’s translation of the second song:

The love of a human being is like a flowing river.
Sometimes it is like water tossed by early morning sunlight,
glowing, like in the early morning or at dusk.

Yak Bells

Yaks with packs and bells, to show what the yaks’ bells sound like in chapter Two. “As we talked, I heard yaks’ bells in the distance.’


Children listen and whistle while Nikki plays a flute. These are the children who are featured on the dedication page of Sonam’s Surprise.


Porters on a trek take a break.


On page 58, boys in Namche Bazaar play sarangis.

How to make sel roti

Here’s how to make sel roti, as described on page 59. You’ll also see a pot of dal on the stove. (This video is silent.)