Yeti footprints found in eastern
Nepal's Khumbu region near Mt. Everest
The latest on the Yeti tracks discovered in Nepal October, 2008 is HERE
Photo caption: American television channel host Josh Gates displays what is believed to be "Yeti" footprints to the media in Kathmandu Nov. 30, 2007. The U.S.-based television channel investigating the existence of the legendary Yeti in Nepal has found footprints similar to those said to be that of the abominable snowman, the company said on Friday. A team of nine producers from Destination Truth, armed with infrared cameras, spent a week in the icy Khumbu region where Mount Everest is located and found the footprints on the bank of Manju river at a height of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet). (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
"We are happy to say that we have found footprints of yeti. And the snowman is no more a legend for us now," Joshua Gates, the team leader of the expedition of the American television channel Destination Truth, told the media Friday.
Showing the model of the footprint, collected at the site, some200 km east of Kathmandu, he said that some scientific research would continue in the U.S. regarding its authenticity and other phases of exploration for further studies.
The team, consisting of 9 Americans and 14 Nepalis, left Kathmandu on Nov. 24 and arrived here on Friday after the expedition.
He said that the team found the footprints when it was returning from Khumbu by the confluence of Ghettekhola and Dudhkoshi rivers, near Monju village at a height of 2,850 meters.
It was Tul Bahadur Rai, assistant guide of the team, who first spotted the footprint by the riverbank.
"It was the night of November 28. I cried in excitement when I saw the footprints. I called all the members and they took photographs and also made a model of the footprint, after they were convinced that it indeed was a footprint," he told the daily.
He also said that one of the prints was around 12 inches long and others were smaller because the ground was not even and the prints were not clear.
This is not the first time, footprints of yeti, a species of hairy, humpbacked and dark giant biped ape, were found in Nepal's Himalayan valleys.
In 1925 a Greek photographer, NA Tombazi, claimed that he had spotted an ape-like creature walking in the valley near Mt. Qomolangma.
Another noted explorer who claimed to have seen yeti was the father of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first person to climb Mt. Qomolangma.
Similarly, British mountaineers Eric Shipton and Michael Ward found the yeti footprints in 1951 near the border area.
Even Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, found giant footprints on the way up the top of Mt. Qomolangma, in1953.
Source: Xinhua: People's Daily Online...
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