Bhubaneswar: The mortal remains of Odia mountaineer Kalpana Das reached here this morning from New Delhi following post-mortem at Kathmandu.
Several eminent personalities from across the state paid their last tributes to the mountaineer Kalpana Das, who passed away on May 23 while descending from the summit after successfully scaling Mount Everest for the second time.
Paying homage, Minister of Sports and Youth Services Tusharkanti Behera said, that Kalpana Dash was an ace mountaineer who brought fame to the state.
“She was an achiever who led by example and even in her death she will continue to inspire young aspirants to scale great peaks”, the minister added.
The body of Kalpana, the first Odia to climb Mount Everest, was recovered on May 28 and was transported to Kathmandu on May 31.
Hailing from Dhenkanal district, Kalpana first scaled it in 2008 and later trekked several mountains across Europe, South America, North America and Africa.
The body of the late mountaineer was kept at Kalinga Stadium for around one hour for the public to pay last respect.