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A US-based television channel investigating the existence of the legendary Yeti in Nepal says it has found footprints similar to those said to be that of the abominable snowman.

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 metres.

One of the three footprints discovered on Wednesday is about one foot long, or is of similar size and appearance as shown in sketches of the mystical ape-like creature believed to live in snowy caves, the TV company said.

"It is very very similar," Josh Gates, host of the weekly travel adventure television series, said.

"I don't believe it to be a bear. It is something of a mystery for us," said Mr Gates, an archaeologist by training.

Tales by sherpa porters and guides about the wild and hairy creatures lurking in the Himalayas have seized the imagination of foreign mountain climbers going to Mount Everest since the 1920s.

Several teams have searched for it and some have even claimed to have discovered footprints.

But no one has actually seen the creature nor has it been scientifically established that the Yeti exists.

Gates said the footprints on lumps of sandy soil, which would be sent to experts in the United States for analysis, were "relatively fresh, left some 24 hours before we found them".

Destination Truth chronicles some of the world's notorious crypto-zoological creatures and unexplained phenomena.

Some local sherpas believe that the Himalayas are abodes of strange creatures and consider the Yeti as a protector while others say it is a destroyer.

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Footprints seen around Mt.Everest stoke Yeti mystery

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A 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).

One of the three footprints discovered on Wednesday is about one foot long, or is of similar size and appearance as shown in sketches of the mystical ape-like creature believed to live in snowy caves, the TV company said.

"It is very very similar," Josh Gates, host of the weekly travel adventure television series, told Reuters in Kathmandu after returning from the mountain.

"I don't believe it to be (that of) a bear. It is something of a mystery for us," said Gates, 30, an archaeologist by training.

Tales by sherpa porters and guides about the wild and hairy creatures lurking in the Himalayas have seized the imagination of foreign mountain climbers going to Mount Everest since the 1920s.

Several teams have searched for it and some have even claimed to have discovered footprints.

But no one has actually seen the creature nor has it been scientifically established that the Yeti exists.

Gates said the footprints on lumps of sandy soil, which would be sent to experts in the United States for analysis, were "relatively fresh left some 24 hours before we found them."

"This print is so pristine, so good that I am very intrigued by this," Gates, flanked by his team members, said adding the findings would prompt more investigation into the Yeti.

Destination Truth chronicles some of the world's notorious crypto-zoological creatures and unexplained phenomena.

Some local sherpas believe that the Himalayas are abodes of strange creatures and consider the Yeti as a protector while others say it is a destroyer.

"There is a kind of mysterious creature that lives in the Himalayas," said Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of Nepal Mountaineering Association in Kathmandu, who hails from the Khumbhu region were Mount Everest is located.

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Experts in Nepal raise doubts over US 'Yeti' footprint claims

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KATHMANDU (AFP) Mountaineering and wildlife officials in Nepal said Monday they doubted whether footprints found by a United States team from a science fiction programme were those of a Yeti.

The host and crew from "Destination Truth" spent around a week in the foothills of Mount Everest and returned to the capital Kathmandu last week with claims that they had found footprints belonging to the legendary creature.

"The footprints may be from a Himalayan bear," Ang Tshering Sherpa, the president of Nepal Mountaineering Association told AFP after looking at pictures of the prints.

"It is believed that Yetis have only four toes but the footprints recorded by the US team have five toes," said Sherpa, whose father went unsuccessfully looking for the legendary beast in the 1950s.

The Yeti -- described as massive half-human, half-ape-like creature -- has captured the imagination of explorers and climbers in the Himalayas for generations.

Dozens of costly expeditions have taken place, none of which have proved the existence of the beast.

After seeing what he thought was a fleeting glimpse of a Yeti in 1986, climbing legend Reinhold Messner began investigating the myths and stories that surround it.

In his 1998 book "My Quest for the Yeti," Messner concludes that it only exists in peoples' imaginations and the Himalayan black bear was probably behind most sightings.

"Destination Truth" -- which investigates the existence of mythical creatures -- is being made for an American science fiction channel.

Host Joshua Gates told AFP Saturday that the programme would further investigate the footprints, which were found last week on the bank of the Manju River, 150 kilometres (94 miles) northeast of Kathmandu.

"The footprint is 13 inches (33 centimetres) long and the toes span nine inches (23 centimetres) across," Gates told AFP at a hotel in Kathmandu.

"This is really an intriguing piece of evidence and we all feel a little bit unable to explain what we saw," he said.

But Laxmi Manandhar, a spokesman at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, told AFP: "People living in the high Himalayas believe in this strange creature called a Yeti but nobody has actually seen it.

"The footprint castings brought by the US television crew are strange, but there is no supporting evidence to back up the claim that these are footprints of the Yeti."

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Seems if you go looking for something mysterious and really really want to find it, you will find something that will convince you of it.

Sort of like those ghost hunters who can "feel" their presence. Please.

Yeah, in this case they are making a story out of their "find" long before the program will air. No surprise that they may want advanced publicity for their show. If it were a show on weather, or some other aspect not surrounding the supernatural, then it may have more credence. Since this premise of this show is to look for evidence of Yeti's, or other mythical monsters, it should not come as a surprise that they are using questionable evidence to support their claim and hype their show.

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Seems if you go looking for something mysterious and really really want to find it, you will find something that will convince you of it.

Sort of like those ghost hunters who can "feel" their presence. Please.

Yeah, in this case they are making a story out of their "find" long before the program will air. No surprise that they may want advanced publicity for their show. If it were a show on weather, or some other aspect not surrounding the supernatural, then it may have more credence. Since this premise of this show is to look for evidence of Yeti's, or other mythical monsters, it should not come as a surprise that they are using questionable evidence to support their claim and hype their show.

That and considering it's on the SciFi channel, it probably needs all the hype it can get...

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Seems if you go looking for something mysterious and really really want to find it, you will find something that will convince you of it.

Sort of like those ghost hunters who can "feel" their presence. Please.

Yeah, in this case they are making a story out of their "find" long before the program will air. No surprise that they may want advanced publicity for their show. If it were a show on weather, or some other aspect not surrounding the supernatural, then it may have more credence. Since this premise of this show is to look for evidence of Yeti's, or other mythical monsters, it should not come as a surprise that they are using questionable evidence to support their claim and hype their show.

the thing is they don't come out and say " look here is yeti evidence" they go looking for it and with what they find they let people decide for themselves .

of course they want to draw viewers but I saw nearly episode nd more often then not they dismissed most of the things they were looking for.

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