25 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: 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.
Her nephew Gouri Shankar Dash, who is currently taking care of the family in Dhenkanal said, “Kalpana’s mother is not keeping well after hearing the news. We have been informed that the body will be able to reach Kathmandu by 28 May. The extreme climate is making the search and rescue process difficult. At least 10 Sherpas (ethnic people of the mountains) have started climbing Everest to retrieve 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:
25th May: Gathering all the equipments such as oxygen, masks, ropes and Sherpas
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.
After the body is brought down to Kathmandu, post-mortem will be done. Other formalities and documentation process will be completed following which her family members will fly back to Bhubaneswar with her body.
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," Odisha Government said.