BHUBANESWAR: A young mountaineer from Odisha, Lalu Prasad Bhoi, has breathed his last while returning after trekking in Manali, reports said on Monday. He suffered from illness while returning, just half an hour before reaching Solang Valley in Manali, after trekking. Reports added that Lalu who hailed from Rupra village in Kalahandi district died at around 8 pm on Saturday at Manali government hospital. He is survived by his father Baladeb Bhoi and mother Mamata Bhoi.
According to reports, the 17-year-old Lalu was among 12 Odisha mountaineers in the 15-member team led by Jogabyasa Bhoi, a mountaineer from Kalahandi, who has successfully scaled the Mount Everest. “Lalu’s health condition suddenly deteriorated on the way while returning to camp after trekking. He collapsed and was foaming at the mouth. He was rushed to Manali government hospital under critical condition. He passed away at around 8 pm,” the fellow mountaineers said.
After pursuing basic education in mountaineering from the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM&WS) in Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir, Lalu was the youngest mountaineer, who successfully scaled Mount Bhrigu, a 15,000 feet altitude peak and 12,000 ft-Mount Sandakphu peak in the Himalayan region. He was also a member in Biju Patnaik Himalaya Abhiyan.