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Yes, indeed it is not less than any legend which possesses all the spicy ingredients needed to make a stimulating supernatural movie. Its inscrutability seems to be even more convoluted than any fictional thriller story.
Now, I would like to take you back in time to the year of 1959 when this dramatic case unfolded its mythical colors all over the world. On 27th January, 1959, a group of ten experienced ski hikers who were students or graduates of the Ural Polytechnic Institute set out on a hiker’s expedition to the northern Ural Mountains of Russia. They endeavored to reach Ortoten Mountain which was 10 miles away from Kholat Syakhl (meaning the Dead Mountains). They were led by Igor Dyatlov and were to return to Vizhai by 12th February and had planned to send a telegram to their Institute to inform about their successful arrival then.
As they were knowledgeable and experienced hikers, they choose the most difficult pathway through the mountains which was hardly surprising. It was an expedition in which conditions reached as chilling as -30 degrees Celsius temperature. Notably, in the beginning of the trek, Yuri Yudin’s illness compelled him to leave the expedition. On 1 February, the group met some unavoidable weather conditions and was compelled to camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl (the mountain of the death). But after that what happened will give you goose bumps as some terrifying events unfolded itself.
DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS
The Telegram didn’t come on 12th, 13th or 14th February and finally after almost 3 weeks since the group set out, on 20th February the institute and the local officials started the rescue operation as they were now certain that something hazardous had taken place with the trek group. The deserted tent was found on 26th February by the rescue team but it left them in a conundrum. The tent was half torn down and seemed as if it was brutally slashed open from the inside with hikers’ equipment’s and things left inside. Eight or nine sets of footprints were left by people who were either barefoot or were wearing one socks and it was leading towards the edge of a forest. And then began the chain of finding one corpse after the other.