15/04/2015 10:40 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu's Body To Be Brought Back To India This Week

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Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu (C) poses with children in Ahmedabad on November 29, 2009, following a morale run with some 125 underpriviledged children and women. The 34-year old is the only South Asian to have scaled the seven highest mountain peaks in a record 172 days in 2006. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI/HYDERABAD — The body of top Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was found dead on April 3 in the Andes, is expected to be brought back to his village in Andhra Pradesh by the end of this week.

According to reports, Mastan's body was brought down to the northern Argentine town of Tucuman on Monday, and was being examined and embalmed in a hospital for the flight back to India.

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The embalming process takes about three days, said one of Babu's close friend Satyam Beemasaretti in Hyderabad.

The 40-year-old IIM-Calcutta alumnus, who had climbed seven summits in seven continents in record time, was trying to scale solo Cerro Tres Cruces Sur, the second highest mountain of Chile (6,749m) when he went missing from March 24.

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