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Traveling through Tibet or Nepal you will meet the yaks: some great and huge bovine animals found in the Himalayas. Imagine huge cows with long mane. They can weigh a ton and tend to be domesticated although there are also wild ones. Most are used to transport luggage - often for alpine expeditions - and to pull the plow in the field thanks to its strength. They are unable to live less than 3,000 meters high and there are also wild herds of these powerful and giant cows that can live even up to 5,400 meters.

One day, walking through the Sargamatha National Park, I came across a troop of wild yaks in the heat of heat. It was an amazing show. Males fought on a hillside for a female. They rammed between them and some fell rolling down the slope and then rose and returned to the load. It was surprising to see those huge cows that, in general, seem calm and boring, fighting among them was a unique and memorable occasion.

The yaks release a sticky substance in their own sweat that keeps their inner hair matted, thus offering them a new layer of thermal insulation for their skin. This substance is used in traditional Nepalese medicine.

Yak meat is saved and eaten cured. Do not miss a good yak tortilla in one of the Tibetan or Nepalese villages.

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