The Yeti is an apelike creature believed to live in the Himalayas in
Nepal and Tibet. It has also been called the Abominable Snowman.
However, in the language of the people of this area, Yeti can also
refer to dwarflike creatures as well as large creatures that walk
upright like humans. It was Lt. Col. Charles Howard-Bury that coined
the name Abominable Snowman in 1921 when he led an expedition to Mount
Everest. He reported seeing large footprints and was told by one of
the Sherpa guides that it belonged to the "Wild man of the Snows".
Accounts of Yeti sightings exist since the 19th century and were
mainly from those attempting to climb Mount Everest. The sight of
large footprints was recorded in a book written by L.A Waddell in
1889, but in 1832, B'H. Hodgson reported seeing a large apelike
creature, which he concluded was an orangutan. As more and more people
began scaling the mountain peaks in the 20th century, reports of
sightings increased. In 1925 a member of the Royal Geographical
Society reports observing a creature for only a minute. He described
this creature as being very large and almost like a human, but was
dark and didn't wear any clothing.
A scalp was found in 1954 and upon scientific study, the conclusion
was that this scalp did not come from a human or any known animal. Sir
Edmund Hilary reported seeing large footprints in the snow on one of
his expeditions and he actually mounted an expedition to investigate
the existence of such a creature. He did send back a scalp from the
Khumjung Monastery for testing, but the conclusion was that the hairs
came from a monkey.
In December 2007, a television crew photographed footprints in the
snow in the Everest region. The footprints measure 33 cm in length and
the toes measured 25 cm across. Although casts of the prints were
made, scientists dismissed them as being fake.