The Yeti or commonly known as the Abominable Snowman, is thought to be a dark-haired, ape-like cryptid, standing at around seven to eight feet tall, and said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet, home of the famous Mount Everest. Regarded in the scientific community to be a legend due to a lack of conclusive evidence, the Yeti remains to be one of the most sought out creatures in the cryptozoology field along with its “cousin”, Bigfoot, which is of North America. As a national symbol and key source of income, the government of Nepal officially declared the Yeti to exist in 1961.
A Lieutenant-Colonel by the name of Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury led an expedition through the Himalayas known as the “Everest Reconnaissance Expedition” which he documented in his book, Mount Everest The Reconnaissance, written in 1921. In his book is where he describes seeing dark shapes moving about in the snow while crossing the “Lhakpa-la” at 21,000 feet. Upon reaching the site where this mysterious creature was lurking, he recounts noticing unusual, human-like footprints in the snow. One of his Sherpa guides added that the tracks must be that of “The Wild Man of the Snows”. The translator at the moment incorrectly interpreted it at metoh-kangmi, which closely means “Abominable Snowman”. Other terms used by the Himayalan population do not translate the same but still refer to the legendary creature such as Meh-teh, meaning “man-bear”; Dzu-teh meaning “cattle bear”; and rakshasa which is Sanskrit for “demon”. The term Yeti in the Tibetan language means “magical creature” and the belief in these beasts is ubiquitous amongst the Tibetan people.
The Yeti has been regularly seen since 1832 around Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Mongolia, and other nearby regions as the Himalayas provide many areas such as hidden caves where the large population of these creatures is said to occupy, however, these areas are not quite accessible to the common man. The first reliable report didn’t appear until 1925 by a Greek photographer, N.A. Tombazi who was working as a member of a British geological expedition through the Himalayas. Tombazi, on his expedition, noticed an upright standing creature walking in the distance around 15,000 feet. Before he could capture it on film, the mysterious figure had disappeared but not without leaving large human-like footprints behind.
Another curious report coming out of the Himalayas concerning a Yeti was in 1938 when a Captain d’Auvergue was traveling the mountains by himself. During his trip he became snow blind, and as he neared death, he recalls being rescued by a nine foot tall Yeti who nursed him back to health until d’Auvergue regained the strength to make it back home.
In 1959, on an expedition trip to the Himalayas, Yeti droppings were recovered and brought into labs for further investigations. There seemed to be a new species of nematode worm discovered amongst these droppings, and according to scientists, were only to be linked to one type of animal. Never before linked to any other animal in history, proved more evidence of the Yeti existence.
Reports of an alleged Yeti attack occurred near Mount Everest in 1974, the victim was Lhakpa Domani and her yaks she has been managing. She had described the attacking beast as a large ape-like creature with brown and black hair who picked her up and had thrown her quite the distance. Her brother soon found her alive but wounded and unconscious, while the yaks lay dead, half eaten with large footprints surrounding them.
With many Westerners making determined attempts at scaling the mountains throughout the Himalayas, the frequency of reports has drastically risen during the 20th century with sightings of strange creatures and strange tracks. Could all this point to the strange phenomena which is known as the Yeti? Seeing as how the Nepal government had declared its existence since 1961, only time will tell.