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  • SubGenre:Action & Adventure / General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Musa Masala
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:76
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781543968514

Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya

by Tatiana Havryliuk , August Johnson McLaughlin and Mike McLaughlin View publisher's profile page

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Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya is the story of a Sherpa orphan girl who leaves her village and finds adventure as she treks to Mount Everest Base Camp. Through her travels, Musa meets new friends, learns about the world around her and realizes how she can make a difference by following her own path and pursuing dreams she never before knew were possible. Vivid and beautiful illustrations bring the stunning sights of the Himalaya to life. Proceeds from the book will help fund the construction and maintenance of the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital in the SoluKumbu region of Nepal.


Sometimes a bit of mischievousness and curiosity are all you need to send you on a thrilling, life changing adventure.

Meet Musa Masala, an orphan Sherpa girl who sets out on a journey that will change the way she sees herself and the world around her. Join Musa as she travels with her companions, the giant yak Rhopku and savvy mountain dog LhoLa, across the iconic swinging bridges and into the soaring mountains of the Himalaya to Mount Everest Base Camp. Along the way she meets porters, climbers, doctors and a monk who teach her important life lessons and help her find her own purpose. We watch Musa transform from a high spirited prankster to a brave girl who discovers her true home is in the mountains where she can use her skills to help others.

Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya brings alive the vividness of the Solukhumbu region in all its beauty with bold illustrations and sheds light on Nepal's culture with educational sidebars describing various holidays, Nepali food, and local traditions.

The authors and artist are donating all proceeds from the book to the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Fund. The hospital is the final wish of Wongchhu Sherpa, who like Musa, was an orphan who through hard work and dedication found his calling in the mountains.

Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalaya was conceived on a medical trek to Mount Everest Base Camp with the help of one sleepless night in a tea house with a mouse, or musa, in Nepali! Inspired by stories of Wongchhu's life, the authors hope to continue his legacy of returning good fortune back to the community. The purchasing of this book is one more step on that trek.

About the author

Tatiana Havryliuk is an emergency physician in New York and a cofounder of Musa Masala. She has volunteered at Everest ER in Everest Base Camp and in Manang with the Himalayan Rescue Association in Nepal.

Mike McLaughlin is a EMS provider in Los Angeles. He is a co founder of Musa Masala.

August Johnson McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, podcast host and author based in Los Angeles.

Julie Ramirez is an artist, illustrator, designer and native Texan, with a heart for taking in nature, exploring and making things.

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