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" 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.