Kholat Syakhl

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Kholat Syakhl, a transliteration in Russian of Holatchahl, meaning "Dead Mountain" in Mansi[1] (lit. Мёртвая гора Myortvaya gora in Russian[citation needed]) is a mountain in the northern Ural region of Russia.

The name of this mountain pass simply means "lack of game"[citation needed] for Mansi hunters, not "Mountain of the Dead" as some suggest due to popular misconception and related events. Mansi word "Kholat" meaning "dead" or "meager" is a relatively common name on their territory and is part of at least 3 other topographic objects.

On February 2, 1959, a group of ski hikers led by Igor Dyatlov mysteriously perished on the east shoulder of the mountain.


Coordinates: 61°45′18″N 59°25′21″E / 61.75500°N 59.42250°E / 61.75500; 59.42250


  1. ^ Eichar, Donnie Dead Mountain: The True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Chronicle Books, October 22, 2013, ISBN 1-452-11274-6), p. 19.