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News Update May 2007 - Pemba Doma Sherpa


Together with everyone associated with Nepal Trekking in Nepal I was deeply shocked by the tragic news of the accident on Lhotse on 21 May 2007 in which Pemba Doma lost her life.

Many of you will remember Pemba Doma in the kitchen of the family lodge in Namche Bazzar when you have passed that way trekking to Kala Pattar.

The other side to Pemba Doma was the strong determination from an early age that education is an opening to many things and can benefit many people. From school in Khumjung she went on to become fluent in many languages, and this has broadened her ability to gain assistance from around the world for her charitable commitments in Nepal with her organisation Save the Himalayan Kingdom, giving education for children of all castes in Nepal.

Pemba Doma was also a two-time Mount Everest summiter. On 19 May 2000 Pemba Doma was the first Nepali woman to climb Mount Everest by the north face in Tibet. Two years later on 16 May 2002 as part of the Nepalese women's expedition, she again reached the summit this time from the south side in Nepal becoming the first Nepalese woman to do so from both sides. Pemba Doma had further success on Cho Oyu in 2005 and Lhotse only hours before the tragic accident resulting in her untimely death.

I have known Pemba Doma and her family in Namche for 16 years; she always gave great consideration to our clients and staff and was very supportive to me and to the work of Nepal Trekking in Nepal and in the Khumbu.

Pemba Doma was a fine person who cared for others and made a difference wherever she went, she will be sadly missed by many, especially in Nepal and also around the world. Although I was not able to meet with Pemba during my last visit to Nepal in March and April this year it is a privilege to be counted amongst her friends.

On behalf of everyone connected with Nepal Trekking in UK and in Nepal I have sent my deepest sympathy and condolences to Pemba Doma's husband Raj and their young daughter Lhemi in Kathmandu together with the other family members in Namche Bazzar.

At this time my thoughts and those of everyone associated with me in Nepal are with them, and other family members in Namche Bazzar.

Denis Gallagher
Nepal Trekking
May 2007