Photograph of a yak staring at the Himalayan mountain range
There’s something I really like about animals that are staring off at some object. It makes me wonder if they are thinking about something, or just staring. This picture of a Yak staring at a mountain from my Everest Base Camp trek is one such example. Though it’s not really a yak …
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The story behind this picture of a yak / Dzo
I was on an acclimatization day on my winter Everest Base Camp trek at Namche Bazaar (3,500 meters / 11,482 feet). It meant taking an extra day to climb to a high altitude then go back to a lower one for the night. On this day I trekked up to Syanboche (3,750m / 12,303 ft).
There’s a great view of Mount Everest from Syanboche. It’s where there are some high-end resorts where the world’s rich and famous come to see Everest via helicopter. But what interested me more was a small herd of dzo grazing at the top of a hill.
The Dzo in this photo was taking a time out and staring away at a pair of mountains called Kangtega and Thamserku while all the others were paying no attention. It took quite a scramble to make it up to him and capture the photo before he moved.
During this scramble I had to avoid the odd rampant Dzo. Apparently Dzo and Yaks seem to enjoy bumping into me constantly in Nepal. The main Dzo moved briefly and showed a profile shot. It was nice, but I like this one of him staring off at the mountain that little bit more.
As I mentioned at the start I like photographs of animals which appear to show them in thought. Maybe this chap was thinking about why people keep calling him a yak and not a dzo? Or maybe he was simply staring off into nothingness?
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