Fact Check: Pakistani Mountaineer Ali Sadpara Tops K2 Or Not?

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

05th Feb, 2021. 10:09 pm
Ali Sadpara K2 and others

A three-member team of Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri, Pakistani teammate Ali Sadpara and his son Sajid Sadpara aimed to reach on the top of the world’s second-highest mountain k2 but Sajid had returned because of his oxygen regulator malfunctioning.

The team set out on Sunday to head to K2 without oxygen, but due to severe weather, they returned to base camps and waited for the weather to clear.

The climber stopped at a very high altitude for only 8 minutes as the communication system was frozen due to cold.

Ali Sadpara official Twitter account which was handled by his management team said that they have no direct contact with the team. They still don’t know their exact location.

They also urged people to pray for them. “It’s disturbing for their families and climbing community Management,” the message said.

“I just got in contact with Sajid at C3. He went out to check if there is any trace of them. He hasn’t seen any lights or any movement. He has food, a sleeping bag and he is holding tight. We’ll publish the news as soon as he informs us,” the message further added.

Ali Sadpara hails from a small village in Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan. Lacking better training opportunities, Ali Sadpara began his hobby of mountaineering as a porter and travelled with certified mountaineering teams but only went to the last base camp with their luggage and returned.

After that, he started his journey and climbed many famous peaks. In 2019, he climbed the world’s fifth-highest peak at 8,485 meters in Nepal. He is the first Pakistani mountaineer to have climbed seven mountain peaks above 8,000 meters in the world.

Ascending K2 is a task for a master climber and Fazal Ali was the first Pakistani to have ascended to the summit of on three different occasions.

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