Puri: Kalpana Dash, who had brought laurels for the state by becoming the first female Oriya mountaineer to scale Mount Everest, has expressed her desire to climb the world’s highest peak again.
Nine years after she along with a team of five members from the United States, Canada and Nepal scaled the peak, Dash is now keen to take part in Mount Everest South Expedition-2018 by The South Col Route. For the expedition she needs `32 lakh and has written to district collector Arvind Agarwal requesting him to find a sponsor for her.
Sources said the Everest Summit is scheduled to begin April 1, 2018 and would continue till June 4. The expedition will start from Kathmandu in Nepal. While the total duration of the adventure is 65 days, the mountaineers will climb the mountain for 48 days.
Dash said she needs money for air ticket, mountaineering equipment, insurance, oxygen cylinder and expenses to obtain permission from Nepal government. As she is unable to bear all the expenses, she needs sponsor for the expedition, she has written in the letter. Notably, the state government had announced a job for Dash after she successfully climbed the Mount Everest in 2008. However, she staged a dharna in front of Jagannath temple here in 2011 after the government failed to provide her job.
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