Fifty shades of yak

 And you thought they were just big hairy cows!

[There are] yaks [male yak], naks [female yak], cow-hybrids [cow x yak], cows and zopkyos [ox x nak]. Most of the households own livestock, primarily yaks and cow-hyrbids. Cow-hybrids are used for milk, and yaks and hybrids are used for transportation. Yaks and naks are also used for wool. Continue reading

Yak yeti yak

Close encounters of the feline kind.  Some readers may find some of the photos in this blog distressing.

On Wednesday 19th we left Thame for Namche Bazaar.  After a stopover there to refuel on chocolate cake and apple pie in the heavenly Namche Bakery, we set out the next day for our new destinations.  Khunde and Khumjung are 330m/1,000ft m above Namche Bazzar at around 3,730m/12,300ft.  We’d heard that there’d been some recent livestock losses there so we were keen to check them out. Continue reading

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Marshyangdi river valley, Annapurna

Yunkar Gompa in the NarPhu valley

Yaks in the NarPhu valley

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