‘Expedition Unknown’ Star Josh Gates Searches For The Elusive Yeti

Many have tried and failed to find undeniable, concrete evidence that will prove the existence of a creature that goes by names such as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Swamp Ape, and Yeti. In a four-week Travel Channel special titled Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti, Josh Gates will conduct his own thorough search as he hopes to answer whether the Yeti is just a legend steeped in folklore or if there really such as thing as the abominable snowman.

The Yeti reportedly stalks the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet, and Dread Central shared that Gates will embark on a high-altitude journey as he searches for tangible evidence by relying on his wit, instincts, expert negotiation tactics, and the latest in stealth photo and video gadgets. Leaving no stone unturned, Josh Gates searches the hidden caves of Nepal’s back country, the slopes of the Everest base camp, and Bhutan’s remote mountainside monasteries and isolated forests.

“The Yeti story is especially personal to me, if it’s even possible to get personal with an elusive hairy monster!” said Gates, who also serves as an executive producer. “There have been so many firsthand accounts of the Yeti, and several years ago I had my own encounter. I discovered an unusual set of footprints high in the Himalayas. It was an incredible and confounding find; we cast the print and donated it to the Yeti museum at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where it’s now on display. The experience has never left me, and now I’m heading back into the mountains to determine what exactly left those tracks.”

Footprint casts, recorded calls, tree knocks, random sightings, and a few convincing photos and videos are so far the only evidence that researchers currently have to go on in regard to whether the Yeti or its cousin Bigfoot actually exists. For many believers, this type of evidence is more than enough, but there are those who need even more proof before they believe in the existence of a legendary, towering creature that roams the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas and beyond. TV Series Finale shared that for Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti, Josh Gates will be joined by several renowned researchers, historians, mountaineers, and local experts as he tracks promising leads and Yeti sightings, all in the hopes of locating the mysterious creature.


Beginning in Kathmandu, Josh Gates heads up into the Himalayas of Nepal in order to obtain scientific evidence of the Yeti.

The Travel Channel recently posted to their Twitter account that, “Until @joshuagates returns with a very special #ExpeditionUnknown event! Watch the #HuntForTheYeti trailer here.”

As the preview of the show reveals, the arduous journey he undertakes during Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti will send Gates into dangerous, uncharted territory. During his travels, looking for what the preview calls the monster of all myths, Gates kept fans informed of where he was through his Instagram account.

“This isn’t just an animal,” Josh Gates states during the preview clip. “This isn’t Bigfoot, it’s something much, much more than that.”

What he means exactly remains to be seen, but one thing his fans can count on is the many humorous, witty, and eye-opening moments only Josh can provide. He helps to fuel the imagination, drawing viewers in as he takes them along to many exotic and remote areas and locations that most people will probably never see in their lifetime. So whether Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti manages to uncover startling new evidence or not, just having world traveler and adventurer Josh Gates serving as the tour guide makes the hunt more than worthwhile.

Do you believe creatures such as Bigfoot and the Yeti exist? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti premieres on Wednesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET on the Travel Channel.

[Featured Image by Josh Gates/Instagram]