Bhubaneswar, May 28 : The body of Kalpana Dash, the first Odiya mountaineer to scale Mount Everest has been retrieved by the search and rescue team and brought to the base camp 4 today.
Kalpana scaled Mount Everest on May 21, 2008, along with a team of five members from the United States, Canada and Nepal.
The 49-year-old mountaineer from Odisha, an esteemed member of the “Three Women Expedition” group which was locally managed by Dreamers Destination, however, died while descending from the Mount Everest on May 23 last.
Sources said, Dash had attempted to climb Mount Everest twice before in 2004 and 2006 but on both the occasions she could not reach the peak due to bad weather and health condition.
The Odisha government had constituted a three member team which included Kalpana’s brother and another mountaineer Ganesh Jena who had also scaled mount Everest to bring back the body of Kalpana.
Official sources here today said the state government has been informed that the search and rescue team of Sherpas has been successful in tracing and bringing back the mortal remains of mountaineer Kalpana Dash, to base camp 4, today.
Her body will be flown to Kathmandu tomorrow after necessary completion of formalities at base camp Lukla.
The state government is in constant touch with the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and the team of rescuers and was hopeful that the it will succeed in the mission to get the body of Kalpana Dash back to her family and state.
Meanwhile, as a tribute to mountaineer Kalpana Dash, the outfit which Kalpana used while scaling the Mount Everest in 2008, has been put on display in the Odisha state museum. Kalpana had donated the outfits to the State Museum in 2017.
State Museum superintendent Jayanti Rath said Kalpana was a pride for Odisha who being the first Odiya woman had scaled the Mount Everest. She said the museum had conserved the outfits of Kalpana like the dresses of some kings and queens and decided to conserve her outfits at a permanent gallery to display her outfits. (UNI)