24 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: Following the directive of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Department of Sports and Youth Services is working in close coordination with the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, to bring back the mortal remains of Ms Kalpana Dash from Mt Everest to Bhubaneswar.
The Embassy informed the Department late in the evening that the Search and Rescue operation will be launched tonight (Friday night) through a professional local agency, whereby a group of atleast 10 Sherpas will be climbing Mt Everest to retrieve the body of Dash.
Currently, the body is near to the peak of Mt Everest at a location called Balcony at a height of 8600 metres. It was also informed that Mt Everest will be closed for this season by May 27th and all efforts are being made to bring the body within the deadline.
Apart from Dash, two other Indian climbers also died and efforts are on to retrieve their mortal remains as well.
"The family of Kalpana Dash has been kept informed about the developments and have been assured of all support. Once the body is brought to Base camp and then to Kathmandu, the government will facilitate the travel of family members to bring back the mortal remains of Ms Dash to Bhubaneswar," the Department said.