The story of Yeti is as mysterious as the story of Bigfoot in North America and Mapinguari in the Amazon. Sherpa people depict the Yeti as a
human-like creature with long, shaggy hair in their traditional paintings. They consider the Yeti bigger and stronger creature than humans.
Yeti is a Sherpa word; Yah means rock and Teh means animal. Therefore the literal meaning of Yeti is a rock living animal. There are many folk stories
among Sherpa communities about the existence of Yeti.
Nobody has seen it face to face, but there are several bizarre incidents that mountaineers have reported, such as hearing high-pitched whistles,
strange looking footprints etc. Several scientific expeditions and people have tried to discover the Yeti. However, its existence has yet to be
proven. Some of the famous climbers like Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe and John Hunt have reported that they had seen big foot prints like that of
humans. Some of the mountaineers like Col. C.K. Howard and Don Whillans have even claimed the sighting of dark, human-like figures in the Himalayas.
There have been several documented sightings, here are some of the more noted:
1832 — B.H. Hodson,the U.K. representative in Nepal, described a hirsute creature who reportedly had attacked his servants. The natives called the
beast "rakshas," which means "demon." This was the first report of the Yeti made by a Westerner.
1913 — A group of Chinese hunters reportedly wounded and captured a hairy man-like creature, that the locals soon named the "snowman". This creature
was supposedly kept captive in Patang at Sinkiang province for a period of five months until it died. It was described as having a black monkey-like
face and large body covered with silvery yellow hair several inches long; it's hands and feet were man-like and the creature was incredibly
1921 — Members of a British expedition (led by Col. Howard-Bury) climbing the north face of Mount Everest sighted some dark figures moving around on a
snowfield above them. When the explorers reached the spot, at some 17,500 feet, the creatures were not there but had left behind some huge, humanlike
footprints in the snow.
1938 — The Yeti emerges as creatures of kindness and sympathy according to the story of Captain d'Auvergne, the curator of the Victoria Memorial near
Chowringhee in Calcuta. The Captain claims that, injured while traveling on his own in the Himalayas and threatened with snow-blindness and exposure,
he was saved from death by a 9 foot tall creature resembling a pre-historic human which, after carrying him several miles to a cave, fed and nursed
him until he was able to make his way back home.
1948 — Norwegian uranium prospector Jan Frostis claimed he was attacked by one of two Yetis he stumble upon near Zemu Gap, in Sikkim. His shoulder was
badly mangled and he required extensive medical treatment to recover from his lesions.
1949 — A Sherpa named Tenzing claimed to have seen playing in the snow near a monastery. This was the same Sherpa that shared the fame of Sir Edmund
Hillary in the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
1954 — The London Daily Mail's financed expedition (originally to hunt and catch a live Yeti) examined some supposedly 'authentic' Yeti scalps, but
determined that these were mostly fakes made out of from animal skin; a small handful of them proved to be intriguing though, and zoologists were
unable to link them to any known animals. The expedition also found footprints and droppings that, when analyzed, proved to contain both animal and
1998 — American climber Craig Calonica, on Mount Everest, reported seeing a pair of yetis while coming down the mountain on its Chinese side. Both had
thick, shiny black fur, he said, and walked upright.
So is the yeti a fictitious legend or possibly a near-extinct primate of some type? There are alot of huge footprint findings and photographs, but not
any known photos of the actual yeti.
The Himalayas lie on the border between India, Nepal, and Tibet (now part of China). They are remote and forbidding. Large stretches around these
rough valleys and peaks are uninhabited. The tallest mountain in the world, Everest, 29,028 feet high, lies half in Nepal, half in China. It is from
Nepal, though, that most attempts to climb Everest, and the surrounding mountains, are made.
So far there is no firm evidence to support the existence of the Yeti, but there is no way show that he doesn't exist either. If he indeed lives in
the barren, frozen, upper reaches of the Himalayas where few men dare to tread, he may find his refuge safe for a long time to come.