Mountaineer Mastan's body likely to be brought home by end of week
The body of ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was found dead in the Andes earlier this month, is expected to be brought back to his village in Andhra Pradesh by the end of the week.india Updated: Apr 15, 2015 10:10 IST
The body of ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was found dead in the Andes earlier this month, is expected to be brought back to his village in Andhra Pradesh by the end of the week.
Mastan's body was brought down to the northern Argentine town of Tucuman on Monday. It would be examined and embalmed in a hospital before being flown back to India, reports said.
The embalming process takes about three days, said Satyam Beemasaretti, one of the mountaineer's friends in Hyderabad.
The 40-year-old alumnus of IIM-Calcutta was found dead on April 3. He had been missing since March 24 while trying to scale Cerro Tres Cruces Sur, the second highest mountain of Chile (6,749m).
A massive rescue was mounted after he did not return to the base camp on March 25 as scheduled.
The mountaineer from Andhra Pradesh had become the world's "fastest seven summiteer" in 2006 by climbing seven peaks on seven days of the week in each calendar month over a period of 172 days.
"Mastan embraced South America as his own in his last 4 years. He learned Spanish to be able to move in South American countries and he really enjoyed the Andes and its vast set of challenges," said another message posted on the Facebook page.
Saurabh Uboweja, who was acting as a spokesperson for Babu's family, said the mountaineer was single and had close to 10 to 12 years of experience of climbing.