The monastery in the village of Khumjung (12,434') is home to an unexpected surprise, a yeti scalp. It was found 300 years ago and is believed to bring luck to the village ever since.
In the 1960s, in a quest to find evidence of the "abominable snowman", Sir Edmund Hillary tracked down the scalp in Khumjung. He asked if he could take it abroad to be examined by zoologists. The villagers reluctantly agreed as long as a monk accompanied it on its journey. (Hillary also made a donation to the monastery and the local school.) Upon examination the scalp was determined to be from a goat-like antelope. However, convincing evidence continues to be found in the mountains, which leaves the existence of the yeti still up in (thin) air. Sherpas have no doubts of its existence and the famous scalp is a sacred relic housed in the Khumjung Monastery, which you can see if you scroll through these pics.
The monk who accompanied the scalp in its trip abroad said, “We don’t believe in giraffes and lions in Nepal because there aren’t any there. Likewise, you don’t believe in yetis because you have none in your country.”