Horror at Mt. Otorten. 9 Hikers Found Dead and Mutilated.

Mysterious mutilations of 9 hikers at Mt. Otorten, Russia. Although a few hypotheses were offered as to what happened, including official military results of the investigation, the mystery remains unexplained to this day.

Four of the Mt. Otorten party
At the beginning of 1959 a group of eight men and two women scrambled in the Russian city of Sverdlovsk (Свердловск), currently Ekaterinburg (Екатеринбург), for a ski march across northern Urals mountains. They were all experienced cross-country skiers, young and fit, most of them still earning their education at the university level, some fresh graduates:

Igor Dyatlov (Игорь Дятлов), the group’s leader, Zinaida Kolmogorova (Зинаида Колмогорова), Lyudmila Dubinina (Людмила Дубинина), Alexander Kolevatov (Александр Колеватов), Rustem Slobodin (Рустем Слободин), Georgyi Krivonischenko (Георгий Кривонищенко), Yuri Doroshenko (Юрий Дорошенко), Nikolai Tibo-Brinyol (Николай Тибо-Бриньоль), Alexander Zolotarev (Александр Золотарев) and Yuri Yudin (Юрий Юдин).

The plan was to reach Mt. Otorten (which in the local, native language means “Don’t go there”). The excursion was quite a challenge at the time of the year. With temperatures well below zero and slashing, ice-cold gusts of wind the hike was not meant for greenhorns. The group arrived by train in Ivdel (Ивдель), a city at the center of the northern province of Sverdlovsk Oblast on January 25. They then took a truck to Vizhai (Вижай) – the last inhabited settlement up north. And that is where on January 27 they took off for Mt. Otorten.
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The next day turned out to be the luckiest day of life for Yuri Yudin, which he was to find out only a few days later. Due to sudden health problem he was forced to head back. The group now consisted of nine people.

On January 31, the group came close to highlands at the foot of the Mt. Otorten and began preparations for the climb. They assembled a small storage for food and equipment to be used for return, and on February 1 they started traversing the pass. The plan was, presumably, to get to the other side of the pass and make a camp for the night, in preparation for final attack at Mt. Oterten. However, the weather collapsed. Snowstorm hit the area and visibility came close to naught, making the venturers lose direction and deviate west, towards the top of Kholat Syakhl. When the mistake became obvious, the group stopped and set up a night camp right there, on the slope of the mountain.

Mt. Otorten hikers

Mt. Otorten hikers

Before departure Dyatlov, the group leader, agreed he would send a telegraph to their sports club upon the group’s return to Vizhai to let everyone know everything was in order. The deadline for the message was February 12, however, no message came. This did not ring any alarm bell yet as several-day delays were common for such escapades. And it was not until the relatives of the venturers requested a rescue mission that the operation was effectively mounted. On February 20 head of the institute sent the first rescue groups of volunteer students and teachers. Soon they were joined by the military and police with airplanes and helicopters.

On February 26, the rescuers found abandoned camp at Kholat Syakhl. At first sight it was obvious that the camp had been left in a rush and panic. One of the tents had been ripped from within as if those inside hurried so much they had no time to simply use regular exit. Footprints pressed deep in snow led down towards the tree line of nearby forest, but after 500 meters they disappeared under snow. There, at the very edge of the forest, under a huge old pine, the searchers found two dead bodies – shoeless and in underwear (Krivonischenko, Doroshenko). Between the pine and the camp the searchers found yet another three corpses (Dyatlov, Kolmogorova, Slobodin). They were found separately at the distance of 300, 480 and 630 meters from the pine tree.

It took another two months to find the remaining four bodies. They laid buried under 4 meters of snow, nearby a creek, farther in the woods.

Official investigation was launched immediately. Three victims had horrible fatal injuries – multiple, massive skull and chest fractures. The power which caused those damages would have been insane – one of the experts said it was like they had been hit by a speeding car. Amazingly, the bodies had no external wounds. It looked like they had been grabbed and squeezed by a powerful vice until their bones imploded inwards, piercing lungs, hearts and other organs.

There was evidence that the people were forced to leave the camp at night, when they were sleeping. In spite of the freezing cold (around -25°C/-13F to -30°C/-22F) and battering blizzard, all dead were only partially dressed (one shoe, no shoes, socks only).

The investigation led to establishing of the following facts:

Otorten bodies

Otorten bodies

– There were no traces of presence of other people or animals around the camp site;
– The tent was ripped from within;
– The victims died 6 to 8 hours after their last meal;
– All victims left the camp on their own feet;
– Fatal injuries could not have been caused by another human being;
– Some of the victims were mutilated – their eyeballs cut out clean, one (Dubunina) had her tongue cut out;
– The bodies showed symptoms of rapid aging;
– Radiologic examination found high doses of radioactive contamination on the clothes of some of the victims.

No conclusive explanation of the causal factor behind the panic run of the party members was proposed.

The final verdict was that the group members all died because of an “unknown compelling force”. The investigation was officially closed in May 1959 due to inability to determine the culprit. The files were sent to a secret archive. The photocopies of the case files surfaced only in the 1990s, some parts missing. The content of those missing parts is a matter of controversy.

However, the investigation ignored certain facts of the case and some researchers pointed out those parts that were missed (?), by the officials:

Mt. Otorten body

Mt. Otorten body

– After the funerals, relatives of the deceased claimed that the skin of the victims had a strange orange tan. They also claimed that the dead were completely grey-haired.
– A former investigating officer said, in a private interview, that his detector had shown high radiation level on Kholat Syakhl. It was the reason for the radiological examination of the bodies. But there was no answer as to the source of the contamination (or leak?).
– Another group of hikers (about 50 km/31 miles south of the accident) reported that they had seen strange orange spheres in the night sky to the north on the date of the accident. Similar “spheres” were observed by various independent witnesses (including meteorology service and military) in Ivdel and adjacent country in February-March of 1959. The rescue party members reported that they had observed the same spheres above Kholat Syakhl on March 31.

Following is a History Channel documentary on the event.

WARNING! The video below contains graphic content that may not be suitable for certain viewers.


  • Robot

    I have thought of the unfortunate and unexplained deaths of these students for some time and as Spock said in Star Trek – quoted from Sherlock Holmes “… when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the

    I originally thought that it may have been the Russian Army with concussion bombs that were dropped on them by accident.
    The Army had used this location for secret tests.
    Some mention that the Army secretly arrived at the crime scene 1 week before
    the rescuers found the bodies.
    This could answer a few of the mysteries but not all!
    Why their tent was on the side of the mountain and not logically down at the tree line for shelter and fire wood?
    The Army could have moved the tent up the mountain to change the crime scene.
    Why there was radioactive material on some of the clothing and why they were not wearing any protective clothes for the harsh climate?
    The Army could have changed their clothes and confiscated clothing which showed
    being radioactive.

    Though all good explanations, I do believe there is only one explanation that holds up to all the facets of this case!

    Yeti or Abominable Snow Man – Encounter!

    On research I found that the small tent used was not their main tent.
    They had left supplies at a base camp and were using this very small tent for an excursion.

    What was their purpose for climbing the Ural mountain range?

    I googled Russian news broadcast for the past year (1958) and found an
    interesting account of Yeti encounters on this range. That year a number of
    local Mansi tribe people disappeared.

    After an investigation, the Russian Government banned all further reporting on
    the Yeti with threats of incarceration.

    These students may have been acting as investigating reporters and photographers and needed a cover to conceal their true purpose.

    The one person they added to their close group was a guide familiar with the

    A note on a printed paper in their possession was scribbled “From now on we
    know that the snow men exist”.

    Although they used guns to protect themselves in the wilderness for previous
    trips (pictures show), they did not carry any this time in case they were
    stopped and questioned.

    Whatever attacked them in their tent did not bite or claw but had extreme power to crush

    A similar attack at Yale BC in the 1800’s by some gold miners who
    claimed to have captured a baby Sasquatch and in Washington State 1920’s of an


    In 1946 Cultus Lake BC a newlywed couple disappeared from their cabin with only
    large footprints found surrounding the cabin.

    Case Scenario

    The illogical pitching of their tent in the open rather than down at the tree line may have been due to a scare from the locals at the last settlement.
    Towns’ people warned them about reindeer having been found dead in this area.
    They may have felt more secure making camp in the open rather than down within
    the trees.

    After setting up camp they would have taken off their boots and put their heavy outer wear outside to dry.

    Due to the limited space within the tent they more than likely stored this gear
    along with their skies and pack sacks in the overhang where the chimney exits.

    They then entered the tent using their long johns and tent slippers inside and
    had supper.

    Shortly after supper, two of the men went outside to urinate (documented) with
    a flashlight, which they left on the roof of the tent (documented) and a lighter and cigarettes to have a smoke.

    It was written in their diary that the women did not want them smoking in the
    hotel rooms or tent.

    While outside they were attacked and forced to flee down to the forest for cover.

    There they built a fire for warmth, to notify the others and to keep any predators away.

    On hearing the commotion outside the tent, 3 of the students with a flashlight went to help and were also attacked.
    Unable to reach their outerwear at the back of the tent they too fled down the

    The Yeti then centered their attack on the 4 remaining students left in the tent.

    The Yeti being unable to open the tent door or cut through began to pound on
    the center of the tent while the students inside sliced their knives back
    through the tent in defense.

    It’s been reported that Yeti can use sticks and may have poked through the open
    slits of the tent with one of the ski poles as it was documented that numerous
    knife cuts were found on one of the ski poles.

    The Yeti attack temporarily stopped when they saw the fire down at the tree
    line and the 3 students heading towards it with the flashlight (documented and
    found on this trail still in the on position).

    It has been reported that the Yeti are not afraid of fire or light.

    The Yeti then caught the 3 students before they could reach the tree line.

    Yeti use their large powerful arms to club and then bear hug their quarry until subdued and unconscious, all similar injuries reported on the students.

    Forensic Investigators state that when a body is suffocated the blood does not
    pool back to the organs, but stays at the extremities. The discoloring of the
    skin seen on the students at their funeral could have been caused by this

    Seeing that the fire was attracting the Yeti the 2 students at the tree tried to frantically
    put it out, it was reported that one of these student’s hands were burnt by
    this action.

    Next they proceeded to climb a tree.
    The report claimed they had climbed the tree to observe if their tent was still
    there to return to.
    The problem with this statement is that it was after sunset, in winter, in Russia.
    I googled if there was a full moon that night and it shows that there was no
    moon visible, so it would have been pitch dark.

    The only reason to climb a tree at night would be to try and elude a predator.

    Sasquatches have been reported with the ability to climb trees.

    One of the students was found a few hundred feet from the tree still clutching
    a branch, as though he had been dragged down from the tree.

    When the remaining 4 students of the group did arrive at the tree, they found their companions dead.
    They proceeded to remove what clothing they could to keep warm rather than
    return to their tent and what was back there.

    They then went to a ravine and dug a snow cave for shelter.

    Unfortunately the Yeti were waiting for them in the forest and pursued them,
    cornering them at the ravine some short distance away.

    One problem with the Yeti theory is that no foot prints were ever found.
    The explanation is that it was sometime after the encounter, in winter, in a
    valley known for wind.
    The Yeti/Sasquatch have a very large bipedal foot, much like a “Bear Paw Snow
    Shoe” which leaves a very flat shallow print.
    These prints could easily have disappeared with weather conditions.

    The final explanation may be the hardest to believe and that is – Why
    have no further sightings or findings been made of Yeti in this location?

    With all of our technologies, these mountains and the world in general have
    become a lot smaller, but the Universe is immense and unknown.

    There were unexplained lights in the sky seen by other observers.

    Strange creatures have been reported all over the world with similar globe
    light occurrences

    (Kentucky Goblin Encounter,Chupacabras, Ogopogo, Lochness Monster, and other such things).
    Many documented encounters with Sasquatch have been reported with similar globe
    lights seen around their vicinity.

    Could it be that there are time portals throughout the Universe and these
    creatures accidentally pass through them?

    One such strange occurrence happened in Manila in 1593 where a guard was
    suddenly transported to Mexico City


    Could UFO’s seen in the area be trying to relocate these Yetis back to their rightful locations?

    Could a nuclear blast such as the 1957-58 Russian accidental nuclear explosion at Kyshtym ( just a few miles south of Oblast Swerdlowsk where these students were) cause a rip in our universe?
    This accident reportedly killed 1000’s of people and contaminated a 100 square
    kilometer area with high level radiation.

    Could the radiation on their clothing have come from physical contact with
    these entities or the terrain itself?

    All in all strange and unexplained things happen and it is left up to us to ponder what the truth might be.

    Thanks for your ability to have your mind open to care for an explanation for these unfortunate beings.

    • meeee

      That was the funniest shit I have ever read. Thanks for the amusement troll

      • Richard Albert Dietz

        You the fookin troll mate stay out of sunlight

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