Odisha Everester’s Mortal Remains Reach Home

Odisha mountaineer Kalpana Das (right) along with Kanchhi Maya Tamang at Everest base camp

The mortal remains of Kalpana Dash, the first mountaineer to summit the Mount Everest from Odisha, arrived in Bhubaneswar from New Delhi on Sunday.

The 52-year-old mountaineer from Odisha passed away on May 23 while descending from the Everest at a height of around 8600 feet.

Dash’s body was flew to New Delhi from Kathmandu and then brought to Odisha’s Biju Patnaik International Airport.

The Odisha government had made arrangements for the body to be received at the airport and then taken to Kalinga Stadium Complex where state Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera along with other officials from the department paid their last respects to the departed soul.

“Kalpana Dash was an ace mountaineer who brought fame to the state. She was an achiever who led by example and even in her death she will continue to inspire young aspirants to scale great peaks,” said Tusharkanti Behera.

It is worth mentioning here that Kalpana Dash, who hailed from Dhenkanal, was Odisha’s first Everester. She first scaled the peak in 2008 and later trekked several mountains across Europe, South America, North America and Africa.

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