30 May 2019
Dhenkanal: The body of acclaimed mountaineer Kalpana Dash reached Kathmandu on Thursday afternoon. Dash's mortal remains were retrieved on May 28 from the Everest balcony (close to the summit), following which the body was brought down to the Lukla base camp today and flown to Kathmandu.
While the body was scheduled to be brought down to Nepal capital on Wednesday, extreme weather conditions posed problems.
After completing all formalities, which might take two days, the body will be flown out to Bhubaneswar. Three-member team comprising Kalpana’s brother Pradeep, mountaineer Ganesh Jena and her relative Ranjit Karmi, will bring back her body.
Odisha Government's Department of Sports, which is spearheading the mission to bring back Dash's remains to the State, has stated that it is in constant touch with the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu over the matter.
"State Government is confident that with its constant and aligned efforts with the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and the team of rescuers, it will be successful in its mission to get the body of Lt. Dash back to her family and state," the note added.