There are many stories and legends about strange things happening in mountains all around the world. A majestic and isolated quality makes mountains seem like the ideal place for weird and creepy things to happen, especially if they are located far away from civilization.
Here are some scary and bizarre mysteries that happened in the mountains and were never explained or solved.
5Mountain of Death
The Black Mountain in Australia has a barren surface made of a strange black rock which is not found in the area. Locals call it the Mountain of Death and it is said that the place is completely evil. When fog appears around it, people claim that explorers will disappear and will never be found again.
The legend says that mysterious shapes and figures move around the mountain, as well as ghosts of medicine men. Animals are terrified of the area and locals believe that there are underground caves which hide something otherworldly.
The story of Treasure Mountain in Colorado says that the mountain got its name from an expedition sent by Napoleon in the 1700s. The explorers found a large hoard of gold but were confronted by native people.
In an attempt to escape, they hid the treasure in the mountain but most men were killed. One man escaped with his life and revealed that the gold was hidden in the mountain. The man described the location in detail, however, the gold was never found.
Lykaion is found in Greece and a terrifying legend surrounds the mountain. Many people believe that animals were sacrificed on the mountain for Zeus, the god of the sky. According to legend, a boy was sacrificed on the mountain many years ago. Recently, explorers found a skeleton on Lykaion.
It was three thousand years old and the size of a child. Experts concluded that the skeleton was discovered in the same location where the gruesome sacrifice was performed.
2Khentii Mountines Mystery
With an area of almost 5,000 sq mi, Khentii Mountains are closed to the public. Located in Mongolia, the area has been closed for eight centuries. There are many speculations that the mountains are off-limits because they hide the location of Genghis Khan’s tomb.
The legend says that the ruler’s tomb is hidden in the Khentii Mountains and that people who built it were killed in order to hide the truth. It is also said that a tribe guards the land and forbids anyone from entering.
Perhaps the scariest mystery surrounding mountains is one that happened in 1959 in the Urals in Siberia. Namely, nine hikers went to explore the area of Kholat Syakhl mountain, nicknamed ‘Dead Mountain.’ The group of hikers went missing and after weeks of searching, a rescue unit discovered something horrifying.
All nine hikers were dead, but the circumstances of their deaths were incredibly strange. Namely, the rescue unit found their camp, and while their equipment was intact, their tents were cut open. The bodies of the young hikers were found frozen one mile away from the camp, while the other bodies were closer to the tents.
There were many footprints surrounding the camp. Some of the hikers looked as if they were returning to their tents in a rush. The remaining bodies were found in a hole in the snow that they dug out themselves. An extremely high radiation level was discovered on their clothes and one hiker was even found with her eyes and tongue removed.
The area was named Dyatlov Pass after the leader of the group, Igor Dyatlov. Many theories exist about this incident, among the most popular ones claim that the hikers were murdered because they discovered a secret testing facility, and others say that aliens were involved. This case was never solved.