The Inimitable Ali Sadpara: Man Who Sought to Climb K2

The search operation to locate three mountaineers, including Pakistan’s Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri from Iceland and JP Mohr from Chile, goes on.

People continue to pray for the revered Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara’s return. The mountain climber and his team have been missing since news broke of their speculated summit of K2. No official confirmation of their successful summit came as yet.

Ali Sadpara is an internationally-renowned climber having summited Nanga Parbat, the western anchor of the Himalayas in the winter. He has climbed that peak four times already and previously summited K2 – the ‘savage mountain’ with his son, then just a 20-year-old.


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The Skardu native started his career as a high altitude porter assisting in mountain climbing expeditions.

Now the mountain climber made history by climbing K2 without oxygen, along with John Snorri of Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr from Chile. Prior to Ali Sadpara no one had managed to summit the world’s second highest peak in winter, making Ali a world record holder.

 

K2 Winter Expedition 2021 Gone Awry

As Pakistan rejoiced following news of the mountaineer successfully setting a record, that happiness was short-lived as teams on the ground lost contact with Ali and his team. As fate would have it, a snow storm hit the snow capped peak amid the team’s expected return.

Since then they are missing, with rescue efforts by the Pakistan Army still underway. Another Pakistani mountaineer Asad Memon kept spirits high and called the lapse in communication from the heroes a  possible setting a new world record. But much later, hopes began to falter and call for prayers louder.

 

However he later affirmed that the summit was successful based on communication records.

 

As the search for Ali Sadpara dead or alive continues, his son Sajid Sadpara has been flown to Skardu.

 

Ali Sadpara’s Son Loses Hope

Back in June 2018, the 45-year-old mountaineer was enlisted by French mountain climber, Marc Batard to undertake a series of expedition. This is a five-year program known as ‘Beyond Mount Everest‘.


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They plan to summit Nanga Parbat, K2 and Mount Everest in 2019, 2021 and 2022 respectively.

As part of the program Marc Batard, Ali Sadpara, and Nepal’s Pasang Nuru Sherpa planned to summit Nanga Parbat in 2019, K2 in 2021, and Mount Everest in 2022.

The 2022 expedition would have marked Marc Batard’s 70th birthday.

Ali Sadpara only celebrated his 45th birthday just days ago on February, 2nd. We hope he lives to see another summit. Netizens are holding on to hope too despite his son having lost hope.

Sajid Sadpara was originally a part of the expedition but couldn’t go through without oxygen and was evacuated early.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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