Muhammad Ali Sadpara Pakistani Mountaineers

Who is Muhammad Ali Sadpara

Muhammad Ali Sadpara ( محمد علی سدپارہ‎ 2 February 1976 – February 2021) was a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer. He was part of the team (which included Italian alpinist Simone Moro) that successfully completed the first-ever winter ascent to the summit of Nanga Parbat in 2016. Sadpara was notable for having successfully climbed a grand total of eight eight-thousanders throughout his career—four of which he had ascended in a single calendar year.

Sadpara, along with his 21-year-old son, Sajid ali sadpara (who had also climbed K2 in 2019), teamed up with Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson and Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto  for a joint-ascent of K2, and left the highest camp on the evening of 4 February 2021. Sajid was later forced to descend due an oxygen regulator malfunction, leaving the other members of the team at the K2 Bottleneck, close to the summit. Sigurjónsson and Prieto continued their ascent to K2’s summit, but did not return by night as planned, and were declared missing on 5 February 2021.A rescue mission with two Pakistan Army helicopters was organized on 6 February 2021 to search for the team.

On 18 February 2021, Pakistani authorities announced that the three men were officially presumed dead, but the search for their remains would continue. Sadpara’s family also declared him as presumably dead on the same day.

Muhammad Ali Sadpara was born on 2 February 1976 in the village of Sadpara, located near Skardu in Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan to Fiza Sadpara. He was the youngest of eleven children, and eight of his siblings did not survive childhood. He married his wife, Fatima, when he was 19 and had his first son, Sajid, shortly afterwards; he had a total of three children. He completed his FA from a government college in Skardu and was a member of his college football team. He began his career as a high-altitude porter, serving as an assistant in mountain-climbing expeditions. Like most porters, Sadpara traversed the rugged Baltoro Glacier in flip-flops and castoff gear. His passion for mountaineering led to him becoming a successful mountaineer.

Mountaineering experience

Sadpara on the summit of K2 in August 2018

 

Sadpara had successfully climbed eight of the 14 eight-thousanders on Earth. His first climb was Gasherbrum II, located in the Karakoram range.

List of successful mountaineering ascents

Mountain Name Range Country Year of Ascent Notes
Gasherbrum II Karakoram Pakistan / China 2006 First ascent
Golden Peak Karakoram Pakistan 2006
Nanga Parbat Himalayas Pakistan 2008
Muztagh Ata Pamir China 2008
Nanga Parbat Himalayas Pakistan 2009
Gasherbrum I Karakoram Pakistan / China 2010
Nanga Parbat Himalayas Pakistan 2016 First winter ascent
Broad Peak Karakoram Pakistan / China 2017
Nanga Parbat Himalayas Pakistan 2017 First autumn ascent
Pumori Himalayas Nepal / China 2017 First winter ascent
K2 Karakoram Pakistan / China 2018
Lhotse Himalayas Nepal / China 2019
Makalu Himalayas Nepal / China 2019
Manaslu Himalayas Nepal 2019

 

In 2015, Sadpara’s team attempted to scale Nanga Parbat during wintertime and were unsuccessful; the team attempted another winter ascent in 2016 and successfully summited its peak, resulting in the first-ever winter ascent of the mountain. Sadpara had successfully ascended Nanga Parbat four times in his mountaineering career. In January 2018, Sadpara teamed up with Alex Txikon  a Basque mountaineer, and unsuccessfully attempted to summit Mount Everest in Nepal during winter without any supplemental oxygen.

In June 2018, he was enlisted by French speed climber Marc Batard to undertake a five-year program known as “Beyond Mount Everest”. They planned to summit Nanga Parbat, K2 and Mount Everest in 2019, 2021, and 2022, respectively.

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