Kalpana Dash was born on July 07, 1966 in Dhenkanal district of Odisha. Her father is Gunanidhi Dash and mother is Shailabala Dash. Kalpana studied M.A. in Hindi and after that she pursued L.L.B. (Bachelor of Law). At present she is working as an Advocate. She is the first Odia mountaineer who reached world’s highest peak,the Mount Everest on May 21, 2008.
She gave her first attempt to climb Mount Everest in 2004, but was not successful. then gain she tried in 2006, but due to bad weather, she could not reach the peak.
She proved to the whole world that Odia women were no less in meeting the challenges of an adventure, compared with others. She successfully climbed the 8,848 meter the highest peak of World Mount Everest. Belonging from Dhenkanal district in Odisha, this 43-year-old woman who is also a lawyer, always cherished a dream of climbing Mount Everest ever since her childhood.