Near Kyanjin Gompa, Nepal - high in the Himalaya Mountains on my way from
Langtang, Nepal to the
Langshisha glacier, I found this yak grazing near the
summertime huts of the herdsmen.
Here's a quote from a book by Jamie McGuinness entitled "Trekking in Langtang
Helambu & Gosainkund": When Tilman was walking up to Langshisha in 1949 he
noted: In the course of the conversation these herdsmen confirmed the existence,
or rather the recent presence of, the Abomitable Snowman in the Langtang,
pointing out to us a cave which had been his favourite haunt. Six years
previously these beasts (whose existence is surely no longer a matter of
conjecture) had been constant visitors but had apparently migrated elsewhere.
The small kind, the size of a child, they called 'chumi', while the big fellow
went by the name of 'yilmu'. Since sceptics like to affirm that the tracks made
by these creatures are in reality bear tracks, it is worth mentioning that the
herdsmen were able to show some fresh bear tracks."
Although it was the Langtang Valley that I visited during my trek in Nepal - and
on to Langshisha glacier - I failed to see either chumi or yilmu.