Who is Muhammad Ali Sadpara?

Published: 09:41 PM, 8 Feb, 2021
Who is Muhammad Ali Sadpara?
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Muhamad Ali Sadpara is a known Pakistani mountaineer. He along with other foreign mountaineers went missing on February 6 during their mission to climb K2. A rescue mission with two army helicopters is underway to find the missing mountaineers. 

Sadpara was born in a village called Sadpara in Skardu city on February 2, 1976. The mountaineer began his career as porter and worked his way up to climbing high peaks with expeditions. 

The Pakistani mountaineer was part of the team that successfully achieved the first ever winter summit on Nanga Parbat in 2016. Both his teammates, Alex Txikon and Simone Moro, have gone on record stating that they could not have done it without Sadpara's brilliance. He had successfully climbed four eight-thousanders in a calendar year and a total of eight in his career. 

Sadpara and his son, Sajid Sadpara, who climbed K2 in 2019, teamed up with Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri, and Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto, for a joint K-2 Winter 2021 mission on February 5th 2021. 

Sajid had to come back because of a technical issue leaving the others at the Bottleneck, close to the summit. His father, Snorri and Mohr kept climbing up, but they didn't come back by night, as programmed. A rescue mission with was organised on February 6th. Unfortunately, the three climbers are still missing.

He has climbed 8 of 14 Eight-thousanders. His first climb was Gasherbrum II in Karakoram.

Here is the list of mountains he climbed:

Gasherbrum II (Pakistan) in 2006,

Spantik Peak (Pakistan) in 2006,

Nanga Parbat (Pakistan) in 2008,

Muztagh Ata (China) in 2008,

Nanga Parbat (Pakistan) in 2009,

Gasherbrum I (Pakistan) in 2010,

Nanga Parbat First Winter Ascent (Pakistan) in 2016,

Broad Peak (Pakistan) in 2017,

Nanga Parbat First Autumn Ascent (Pakistan) in 2017,

Pumori Peak First Winter Ascent (Nepal) in 2017,

K2 (Pakistan) in 2018,

Lhotse (Nepal) in 2019,

Makalu (Nepal) in 2019,

Manaslu (Nepal) in 2019,

K2 (Pakistan) Winter Summit 2021.


The writer is a staff member.