27 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: All efforts are underway to bring the mortal remains of deceased Odia mountaineer Kalpana Dash within the stipulated time window as Mt Everest will be closed for this season by May 27.
Government of Odisha is working closely with the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu since the demise of Dash. Reportedly, the team of sherpas engaged to bring back her body have reached camp III on Monday morning which is 7000 metres above sea level. It is expected that they will reach the balcony (located near Everest's summit at 8600 m) by Monday evening and retrieve the body. They will recover and bring the mortal remains to camp IV tomorrow.
A three-member team comprising Kalpana’s brother Pradeep, mountaineer Ganesh Jena and her relative Ranjit Karmi, left for Kathmandu today. The entire expenses of bringing back the body will be borne by the State Government. They will further coordinate and complete the formalities for bringing the body to Bhubaneswar. The entire expenses of bringing back the body will be borne by the State Government.
Dash succumbed at a location called Balcony, close to the peak of Everest at a height of 8600 metres, during her descent on Thursday (May 23) and the process for retrieving her body began on Saturday (May 25).