YAKS on top of Kronplatz

The Yaks arrived on top of Kronplatz | Plan de Corones!

On 23.06.2018, refuge landlord, Andy Piok, and Reinhold Messner were hiking from the Furkel Pass to the Corones Refuge, and in the process drive his Tibetan highland cattle, known as yaks, up to the Corones Refuge at 2,200 metres above sea level.


The yaks will spend the whole summer on mount Kronplatz.


FACTS about Yaks

The yak is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalaya region of southern Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia.

Most yaks are domesticated animals, though there is also a small, vulnerable wild yak population.

90% of all known yaks can be found in Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas and is a close relative of buffalo and bison.

The average lifespan of a yak is about 20 years in the wild and slightly longer when in captivity. The yak is a herd animal that tend to gather in herds from 10 yaks to 100 yaks, most of which are females and their young.


The yak’s warm coat provides insulation through a thick outer coating of long hair and a dense inner coating of matted, shorter fur.


You can visit our Yak Family all summer long on top of

Kronplatz | Plan de Corones!



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