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Domesticated yaks belonging to the Kyrgyz, grazing on the snowy slopes of Pamir mountain range next to Karakul Lake near Karakoram Highway 5000m asl between Kashgar and Taxkorgan. The yak is vital animal to many Kyrgyz ethnic of Xinjiang, so it’s little wonder that a large part of Kyrgyz’s life is dedicated to this animal. Renowned for their hardiness, yaks can live up to 25 years anywhere from 3,000 meters to very high altitude, and provide everything from transport for pulling heavy farm machines and transporting large loads through the mountain passes, meat and milk to hair for making ropes and rugs, dung for fuel, and wool and leather for yurts, clothing and various other household items.

The importance of the yak to the Kyrgyz way of life is highlighted by some of their customs. They often greet each other with the expression: “Are your cattle well?” When two young people get married they hope "they will have many children in front of them and lots of yaks behind them"

Hope I'm not boring you to death with this chilly morning shot.
Setting: 300mm, 1/250sec, F25, ISO Raw 100, 0910 hrs

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