No day on our Mount Everest Base Camp Adventure would have been complete without having to spend at least 2 or 3 times dodging the infamous Yak trains that ply the trails through the Himalayas. My last photo story, The Sherpas of Mt Everest, looked at the human heroes this week we pay tribute to our woolly friends who carry supplies to all of the small towns that dot the landscape of this great mountain range. Without these guys, those summiting would have no supplies and those people trekking would probably have a hard time eating.

So let’s hear it for the Himalayan Yak! Thanks Guys!!

yak train on ECBC trail in Nepal

Yaks bring supplies up to Tengboche

yaks walk in Himalayan valley in Nepal

Himalayas tower over a yak train

lone yak walking in Himalayas

But sometimes it can be a lonely walk as well.

yaks at high altitude

High altitudes don't affect these guys!

yaks walking to everest base camp

In fact the Himalayan Yak can only survive above 3000m.

The Yak herders walk faithfully along with their team.

The Yak headers walk faithfully along with their team.

himalayan yak in nepal

Guiding them every step of the way.

wooly yaks in mount everest region nepal

So let's hear it for the unsung hero of the Himalayas. The Yak!!

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  1. Trisha Miller

    There’s just something about large, shaggy animals that makes me want to run up and hug them, even though I doubt they’d appreciate that. The Yaks remind me of the Scottish Highland cows (they call them “coos”), which I have pictures of at home – so cute!
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    1. davendeb

      I wanted to hug them too. I kept wanting to give them a pat on the head when they walked by, but I agree, I don’t think they would appreciate it much.

  2. Audrey

    This is so cool! On the Annapurna Circuit there were mule trains bringing up food and materials, but to have yak trains – pretty great! Isn’t it amazing how such bulky and big creatures can navigate small and steep paths. Sounds like you’re having a great time!
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Travel: When Less is More =-.

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  4. djabal tarik ilyas

    I’m living in Indonesia. Actualy Indonesia have some high place that the people living, like Timika or Wamena in Papua.
    I thought that this animal will available to breed there and help peoples there to farming or use it as the people in Himalayan.
    But Sorry, my government official are to busy thinking for they own corruption.
    So it will be just imagination.
    But, anybody will make it, I’d like to cooperate.
    Thank you.

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