Odisha Mountaineer mounts Aconcagua peak

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    After Mount Everest, Odisha mountaineer Kalpana Dash, a native of Dhenkanal district, has mounted the Aconcagua peak in Argentina with a 13-member team on January 16 this year.

    She was the only female member of the 13-member team of mountaineers.

    Previously, she became the first Odia to scale Mount Everest as she completed the milestone on 21 May, 2008 with a 5-member team from United States, Canada and Nepal.

    Now she has added another milestone to her record book after she spread out a flag of Lord Jagannath at the peak.

    Aconcagua, the second highest peak in the world by prominence after Mt. Everest, is the highest mountain outside of Asia with a height of 6960.8 meters, is located in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza in Argentina.

    Dash had left home on December 30, 2014 for Argentina and started her operation from the base camp on January 4, 2015.

    The team took 12 days to record the distance from base to the crest.

    During her Mt Aconcagua expedition, she has also scaled Mt. Bolt of the Andes range.

    “It is due to God’s mercy and the best wishes of my family that I was able to scale Everest and returned safely. I’m happy and am keen to attempt climbing it again,” Dash said, acknowledging her achievement wishes from her well-wishers.