Muhammad Ali Sadpara, known as the bravest climbing hero of Pakistan, hails from a small village in Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan. Lacking better training opportunities, he 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, Ali Sadpara 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.
However, this time, Sadpara and two foreign climbers, John Snorri from Iceland & MP Mohr from Chile, set out from Base Camp III to reach the summit between Thursday and Friday night. They were expected to head to K2 in the winter on February 5 but lost contact with base camp on Friday night.
Helicopters flew up to 7,000 meters yesterday to trace the three climbers after they lost contact with the base camp, but no trace was found and on February 7 the rescue mission was resumed but so far no trace found.
Earlier, son of the missing mountaineer, on Sunday said that chances of his father and other team members, who went climbing K2 without oxygen, returning alive have diminished.
“There are fewer chances of them returning alive as under such harsh weather conditions, there is no hope to live for three straight days,” he said while talking to a private TV channel in an interview.
He further said that now a rescue operation is only possible to search for the bodies.
Detailing the journey, Sadpara’s son said that they began their expedition towards the K2 summit on February 05 and he reached the bottleneck point at the peak.
“After reaching 8200 meters, I realized that it will be difficult for him to continue the expedition without oxygen,” he said.
They boy further added that when he tried to use the available oxygen, it emerged that their regulators have leaked.
Sajid Ali Sadpara said that he suffered from mental issues at that point and his father and John Snorri asked him to return.
“I returned from bottleneck while the other members of the team went up from there to reach the K2 summit,” he said.