Yaks in the Winter Snow Everest Base Camp

Yaks in winter snow at Everest Base Camp in Nepal
Yaks in winter snow at Everest Base Camp in Nepal

Cold Yaks roaming around Everest

Yaks in Nepal love the mountains. Anywhere over 4,000 meters and you’ll usually encounter the hairy bovines known as yaks. They can easily survive sub-zero temperatures and they do just fine at Gorak Shep where many trekkers stay when trekking to Everest Base Camp.

The story behind this photograph

Yaks are big creatures. Some reach up to 7 feet in height. I can also attest to the fact that they are not that the concerned with knocking you over. If there’s a yak walking towards you, give way and let them pass.

I’ve covered the difference between yaks and dzos here. Basically a Dzo is a half yak half cow. Real yaks appear above 4,000m in Nepal and are much hairier.

In this photograph you can see two yaks clearly, but look at the background and you’ll see about five more yaks covered in snow. I came across them on New Years day outside a teahouse in Gorak Shep beside Everest Base Camp.

The Yaks were all cuddled up as fresh snow fell during the night. I approached the herd when the owner was just waking them up for a days work. The two yaks at the front of the photograph came over to me. Not to say hello, but to get warm!

Stubborn, huge, hairy yaks coming at me on New Years day in the snow was a great way to start the year!

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