Kalpana Dash, the first woman mountaineer from Odisha has passed away. Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief on her death and said that she would inspire generations of young women in the state.
“I am saddened to learn about the demise of Kalpana Dash while descending from Mt Everest. Her legacy in mountaineering will inspire generations of young women in the state,” said Mr Patnaik while offering condolences to the bereaved family.
The 50- year-old woman died after scaling the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, on Thursday. Kalpana Dash had complained of breathlessness when she was descending from the peak. She breathed her last near the balcony area while descending from the summit point.
Kalpana had left for this adventure tour on the April 23, 2019. Along with her, Kanchimaya Tamang of Nepal and Liamu Mank of China were able to scale the highest peak in the world. According to reports her family was informed of her death by a Whatsapp message. They will go to Nepal to collect the body of this inspirational woman who was able to create history.
The woman mountaineer from Odisha had first created history by scaling this very peak in the year 2008. In her career of around 15 years, she has been able to scale various mountains all over the world. These include mountains in Europe, America, Australia and India.
In her career of around 15 years, she has been able to scale various mountains all over the world. These include mountains in Europe, America, Australia and India.
Hailing from Dhenkanal district in Odisha, Kalpana is an inspiration for several other young girls who want to take up mountaineering professionally. Despite her death, her amazing achievements and her ability break the stereotypes surrounding women and career choices.
As per the The Himalayan Times, Director at the Department of Tourism, Meera Acharya informed that Das along with Kanchhi Maya Tamang from Nepal and Liyamu Ma from China, members of the ‘Three Women Expedition’ had made it to the summit of Mt Everest at around 12:55 pm.
She will not be forgotten and will be always remembered as the first woman from Odisha to become a successful mountaineer.
Kavya Shah is an intern at SheThePeople.Tv