The hunt for the Yeti has been going on since approximately 326 B.C. when Alexander the Great, having heard the rumours, demanded to see one himself. He then set off to conquer the Indus Valley but never encountered the creature. Also known as the Abominable Snowman, which was a name coined in 1921 by a journalist called Henry Newman. It was a mistranslation of the Tibetan name Metoh-Kangmi, meaning ‘dirty men in the snow’.
Even though nobody has ever provided a specimen of the Yeti, dead or alive, the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan is a National Park dedicated to helping preserve the Yeti. It seems the Yeti is big business in Nepal, with an airline named after it and luxury hotels in Kathmandu called the Yak and Yeti. If there is a monster lurking about in the snow covered mountains, it certainly has plenty of space to hide as the Himalaya mountain range is very remote and stretches for 2,400 km with a width of 200-400 km. Mount Everest is found here and the Yeti is said to roam between 14,000 to 20,000 feet between the treeline and the permanent snow.
Sherpa tradition states that the Yeti will only show itself to those who believe in it so if you have the faith then maybe you should make your way to the Himalayas and conduct your own monster hunt. Remember you’ll need some very warm clothing and some Outdoor survival equipment. For more information, visit http://www.angloforro.co.uk/product-category/survival/equipment/. Despite dozens of expeditions, the beast remains elusive. People have hunted in remote mountain areas of Russia, China and Nepal but the evidence is still to be found.
Unlike the North American Bigfoot, the Yeti is shorter at about six foot tall. It is said to have a greyish or reddish-brown hair colour and sightings have told of varying different body shapes. Many people remain skeptical but photos provided by a hiker in 1986 have been analyzed and proven to be genuine. The hiker saw a figure standing in the snow about 500 feet from him. He saw odd tracks in the snow that led towards the figure. Sadly, it has since been debunked as when people returned to the spot, the shape was simply a rocky outcrop. But the legend lives on…
The lack of hard evidence has not deterred the believers with people stating that a lack of evidence does not mean non-existence but just that the Yeti is extremely reclusive and rare. Just as we can’t prove they exist, we also can’t prove that they don’t exist. But if you do find one, make sure you don’t kill it. In 1969 in Oregon, United States, a bill was introduced stating that any person found to have killed a Bigfoot or Yeti type creature would be punishable by law by a fine of up to ten thousand dollars or face imprisonment of up to five years! So, you’ll have to take this beast alive!