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Yak:

A yak is an animal that is native to the Himalaya. Yaks live at between 3,048 and 6,096 metres (10,000-20,000 feet). They are well adapted to their environment and have large lungs to allow maximum absorption of oxygen at high altitudes. Yaks are often used by Sherpas to carry loads because they cross mountainous terrains well and can carry up to 100kg (220 lb) of packs.

Yeti:

According to Nepalese legend, the yeti is a beast that inhabits the mountains of the Himalaya. Yetis are believed to be around 2.7 metres (9 feet) tall and have the appearance of a gorilla but with some human features. There have been many suspected sightings of the beast, also known as The Abominable Snowman, on numerous Everest expeditions. Such examples are the photos of Eric Shipton of supposed yeti footprints from the 1951 Everest Reconnaissance Expedition (a preparation for the 1953 Everest Expedition). The authenticity of such evidence has been disputed by several experts who believed Shipton had faked the footprints.