SKARDU – Death of celebrated Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara was confirmed by his son, Sajid Ali Sadpara, after days-long search mission failed to trace him and two foreign climbers, who had gone missing while climbing world’s second-highest peak, K2, in northern Pakistan.
Sajid made the shocking announcement in a press conference where he vowed to complete the mission of his father. He also thanked people for extending support in the difficult times.
Ali Sadpara, Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson and Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto, for a joint K2 ascent, left the highest camp on the evening of February 4, 2021.
Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his team, on February 5, 2021, according to reports, had successfully summited the 8,611-metre peak, a month after when their first attempt was failed.
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But on February 5, 2021, Ali Sadpara and his two team members went missing unanticipated.
An extraordinary search operation in the history of the mountaineering had been conducted to trace the missing climbers.
Sajid Sadpara was also part of the expedition but later abandoned due to equipment issues.
Ali Sadpara is the only Pakistani climber to have summited eight peaks measuring over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet) – five in Pakistan and three in Nepal – during his illustrious climbing career.
The tragic death of Ali Sadpara, John Snorri Sigurjónsson and Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto was mourned by the people of Pakistan and international media.
What happened to Ali Sadpara and his crew?
On 5th February 2021 he disappeared accompanying two others – Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr – while attempting to climb K2, the world’s second-highest peak at 8,611m (28,251 ft) and also reputedly the most dangerous.
Sajid Ali Sadpara his son was also a member of the team and the intention was for the father-and-son duo to summit K2 with no oxygen, an effort never done before in winter. But Sajid had to turn back from a spot called the Bottleneck – also known as the “fatal zone”, some 300 metres from the top – after he felt sick.
Since then he has helped military-led search and rescue teams seek the mountain for signs of his father and the other two men – but there has been no marks of any of them. The military wants to resume the search, weather allowing, using a high-altitude C-130 aircraft and infrared technology to detect possible shelters on the peak.
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