After 60 Years, The Dyatlov Pass Mystery, In Which 9 People Died, Has Been Finally Solved

The mysterious deaths of nine people at the Dyatlov Pass 'solved' after 60 years.

The group at Dyatlov Pass

For more than 60 years, a disturbing mystery haunted people in the Russian Ural Mountains.

Near the Dyatlov Pass, nine experienced cross-country skiers died in 1959 for unknown reasons. There were many theories, from secret military experiments to extraterrestrial encounters, but no clear explanations appeared.

A Soviet investigation claimed that the group had run from a 'unknown compelling force'. After the horrific evidence of the victims were made public, the case gave rise to weird and insane conspiracy theories.

Led by Igor Dyatlov, a 23-year-old man, the group consisted of seven men and two women who had graduated from the Ural Polytechnic Institute.

Igor Dyatlov
Igor Dyatlov

Their goal was to ski 220 km to the Northern Ural's Mount Otorten.

A rescue squad was dispatched to look for them after they failed to finish their trip, and what they discovered was a macabre and terrifying scene.

A few of the deceased had chest injuries in addition to fractured heads. Semen Zolotarev, 38, and Lyudmila Dubinina, 21, both had empty eye sockets.

Dubinina was also missing her tongue. Some were discovered lifeless, only wearing their underpants and socks.

Numerous bizarre conspiracy theories about what happened to the skiers have been floated over the years.

Some believe the group had ties to the KGB and was on a mission to meet US spies when they were assassinated; others allege they were killed by yetis.

However, a probe by the Russian prosecutor-general's office claims to have cleared the air after decades of mystery.

Dyatlov Pass Mystery
Dyatlov Pass Mystery

According to senior state prosecutor Andrei Kuryakov, the group hurried to hide behind a hill because they believed an avalanche could destroy their tent.

"This was a natural avalanche limiter," he declared. They executed everything perfectly. However, there is a second reason the group was destined to failure.

"When they turned around, they could not see the tent. Visibility was 16 metres (52ft)."

Kuryakov went on, "It was a heroic fight. There was no panic, but they had no chance in these circumstances.”

He came to the sad conclusion that in temperatures between -40°C and -45°C, the group died from freezing.

Many others assert that after more than 60 years, the mystery has finally been "solved," allowing the nine hikers' souls to finally rest in peace and putting an end to conspiracy rumors.

In a report released in 2021, experts Alexander Puzrin and Johan Gaume, both based in Switzerland, provided additional support for this theory.

Many, though, don't seem to be persuaded and maintain that the mystery is still unofficially unexplained.

A memorial honoring the nine hikers was built in Yekaterinburg's Mikhailovskoe Cemetery. Maybe those people were the only ones who truly knew the truth about what occured that strange night in the Dyatlov Pass.