Bhubaneswar: The mortal remains of Odisha’s first Everester, Kalpana Dash, arrived in Bhubaneswar from New Delhi today.
Dash, 53, passed away while descending from the Himalayan summit on May 23 at a height of around 8,600 feet.
Her body was first brought to Delhi from Kathmandu, Nepal, and then was flown to Biju Patnaik International Airport.
Hundreds of people, including Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera and Women and Child Development Minister Tukuni Sahu, paid tribute to the mountaineer at Kalinga Stadium Complex.
People involved in bringing back her body stated that the process was highly risky and complicated given the adverse weather conditions.
A lawyer by profession, Dash first scaled the Everest in 2008. Later, she trekked several mountains across Europe, South America, North America and Africa.