Condolences for sad demise of Shri Arun Sawant, Life Member

(19 Jan, 2020)

Dear Friends,With great pain and sorrow, we inform our fellow steptrekkers and friends that Shri Arun Sawant, Life Member of STEP has left for heavenly abode.  He breathed his last doing the things, he loves most, climbing and repelling in Konkankada area, Harishchaandra Gadh, Maharashtra. He slipped while setting up ropes for fellow trekkers on Saturday.  His mortal remains were found today i.e. 19.1.20 morning by the rescue teams. As learnt from him, he started exploring Sahyadri at a very young age of 16 years in 1974.  He immediately fell in love.  Exploring new routes, climbing and repalling, preparing new trekkers in Sahyadri was his passion.  He was very skillful and experienced trekkers, who always had everything needed on a trek.  Very fit for his age, slimfit and joyful person.  He has also completed his basic and advance course in Mountaineering.  He joined STEP on Bali Pass Trek in 2012.  Since then, he had been joining STEP's treks almost every year like Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek, Tapovan Kedartal Trek, Kinner Kailash Trek, Bara Bhangal Trek, Rishikund-Satopanth Trek, Mandhani Valley Trek, Kalpeshwar-Nandikund-Madhmaheshwar Trek.  He organized a wonderful trekking expedition for STEP in Sahyadri in 2016 covering the best of Sahyadri in one go i.e. Alanggadh-Madangadh-Kulanggadh-Sandhan Valley-Ratangadh-Ajoba-Harishchandra Gadh.  He was the co-Leader of Bara Bhangal Trek in the same year. STEP deeply mourns the sad demise of Shri Arun Sawant, Life Member and pray to almighty that his noble soul rests in peace.  May God also give strength to his wife, daughter, family members and numerous friends and disciples to bear this irreparable loss. Mourning in Grief Whole STEP family