Taking Inner Wheel Flag to Everest

Posted by International Inner Wheel | Jun 20, 2019 |

On April 17th 2019, Kanchi Maya Tamang and Kalpana Das, who were determined to climb Mount Everest, were welcomed by National Representative of Inner Wheel District 350 Kamal Prava and her husband. Both Kanchi Maya and Kalpana had previously scaled Mount Everest and this was their second attempt. Kanchi Maya is the first woman from Tamang community and Kalpana Das, an honorary member of Inner Wheel is the first woman from Odisha to scale this peak. We were delighted to give them Inner Wheel District 350 flag which they promised to take along with them up to Mount Everest. Taking the flag up to 8,848 metres is a challenge, especially, when climbers struggle to handle their own body weight at that height and hence we were already proud of their determination.

Both of them were part of “Three Women Expedition” and on May 7th we got the wonderful news of them reaching Everest Base Camp 2. We were delighted and were praying for their successful climb and descend. On May 23rd, through Nepal’s national daily newspaper we got to know that unfortunately, Kalpana Das had lost her life during her descent from Mount Everest. We are extremely shocked and saddened by the news of her loss and had our fingers crossed for the remaining climbers to have a successful climb to and back from Mount Everest.

Upon return from the climb, Kanchi Maya shared her experience with Kamal Prava and shared pictures of her trip, including the Inner Wheel flag that was kept at the top of Mount Everest. Kanchi Maya is now an honorary member of Inner Wheel Club of Bagmati. She was extremely sad about the loss of her fellow climber Kalpana and was quite traumatized but was proud that both of them, under different circumstances, had still managed to reach the top of the world’s tallest mountain.


Kamal Prava Kharel - NR D350