I had the good fortune to travel to Tibet and Mt. Everest (Chomolungma) with one of my greatest friends. I have so many fond memories of my most epic adventure. I was introduced to yaks twice on this trip. The first time between a hamburger bun with lettuce, tomato and mustard in Lhasa, Tibet. The second time on my Mt. Everest trek. They reminded me of bison back home in the States, but were wearing pretty red earrings.
These are the only animals you will see as you ascend to Mt. Everest; massive and furry and if you come too close to them on the trail, they will stop dead in their tracks until you pass. Our yaks were so strong we had to name them Hans, Franz and Arnold. Our Tibetan yak herder, Tashi, did a great job keeping our yaks in line on the ascent and descent of Mt. Chomolungma.
Between carrying your stuff at 18,000 ft, feeding your belly and generally being pretty awesome looking, it is hard not to feel an affinity for the yak after spending time in Tibet.