When investigators arrived at the scene at the last known location of the 9 hikers who had set out to hike the Ural Mountains, they discovered a tent that was slashed from the inside as if in a desperate attempt for the people to escape. They were in such a hurry to get out that many were barefoot which was strange considering the snow outside.
The bodies of the 9 hikers were found in different spots around the general area of the tent.
Per reports, some had succumbed to hypothermia but the rest appeared to have been victims of brutal violence visible from their grisly wounds.
Nobody expected that what began as an exciting adventure involving students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in 1959 would end in tragedy. It continues to remain a mystery for nobody knows what triggered the hikers to escape their tent pitched on the side of Kholat Syakhl and leaving behind boots, maps, and an untouched meal.
Wild theories circulated at that time including one about the Yeti, a large ape-like creature said to roam the mountains. Others suggest it was the work of an indigenous tribe who took offense at the hikers wandering onto their sacred land. And yet another group attributes the slaughtering to an alien attack based on the char marks found on nearby trees.
Perhaps the most popular reason for the tragedy was assumed to be a slab avalanche which caused the hikers to leave their tents. However, it does not explain the caved chests, missing eyes, tongue, skull fractures, and various other gruesome injuries observed on the dead hikers.