Sona Sherpa – Nanga Parbat

Sona Sherpa leading a CAT trek to Mera Peak 2004

Sona Sherpa leading a CAT trek to Mera Peak  in 2004

It is with great sadness  we  report that Sona Sherpa, a Sirdar and Climbing Sherpa with Community Action Treks (CAT),  lost his life on the evening of Saturday 22nd June at Nanga Parbat base camp, Pakistan.

BBC journalists report that he was one of ten climbers shot by Taliban militants in retaliation for the killing of their second-in-command, who died in a suspected US drone strike in May.  The other nationalities of the foreign victims have now been identified as American, Chinese, Ukrainian, Slovakian, and Lithuanian. One Pakistani also died.

Sona had worked with CAT for ten years, and was a popular and respected Sirdar and climber. He was as equally at home leading parties on easy trekking peaks for CAT as he was climbing the South West Face of Everest on expedition. He leaves a wife and two young children.

Doug Scott said “He was a much respected trekking and climbing guide who will be sorely missed since his judgement was sound and he empathised so well with his clients as well as his family and many friends. Our hearts go out to his wife and his four year old and one year old sons.”

Everybody  at Community Action Treks and Community Action Nepal offers their sincere condolences to Sona’s family and friends at this very sad time.

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