26 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: While Odia mountaineer Kalpana Dash's body is yet to be retrieved, her final photo before she closed her eyes has emerged. Daring Dash can be seen touching the summit of Mount Everest in the first photo and in the next picture she is seen lying down while taking her last breath.
The pictures were shared by her nephew Gouri Shankar Dash. Currently, Kalpana's family members are in touch with the sherpa team that has been engaged in search and rescue mission of her body.
Kalpana succumbed at a location called Balcony, close to the peak of Everest at a height of 8600 metres, during her descent on May 23. As the process for retrieving her body began on Saturday (May 25), the following steps are expected to follow:
26th May: Head Sherpa team towards Balcony
27th May: Reach Balcony and bring body till camp 4 or 3
28th May: Bring body to Kathmandu by helicopter and send to hospital for post-mortem and hand over to family members.
The program can change based on weather and other conditions, informed an official of Nepal.
The State awaits the sad return of its daughter Kalpana Dash’s body from Mount Everest. While the State Government is working in tandem with Indian Embassy in Kathmandu to bring back her body as soon as possible, Kalpana’s family members have been flown out to Nepal today. On the other hand, extreme weather condition in the Himalaya is making it difficult to recover her body and it is expected to be brought down to Kathmandu by May 28.