Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pakistan’s Sajid Sadpara all set to summit world’s highest peaks without oxygen

Sajid Ali Sadpara, the Pakistani mountaineer, reached Nepal on a mission to summit three of the world’s highest mountains in Alpine style, without supplemental oxygen.

He aims to climb Kangchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, and Makalu peaks, which are the world’s third, seventh, and fifth-highest mountains, respectively, he told the reporters while highlighting that he plans to complete this mission in three months.

Alpine style is a self-sufficient approach to climbing, in which climbers manage everything from carrying food, tents, and ropes, and setting routes themselves.

Sadpara, son of famed mountaineer Ali Sadpara, gained recognition in the Alpine community with his summits of the most daunting peaks at a young age

He has already summited K2, Gasherbrum-I, Gasherbrum-II, and Manaslu without supplemental oxygen and he has also climbed all of the world’s 14 eight-thousanders in alpine style.

Sadpara climbed K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, twice, one time without supplemental oxygen. In 2022, he summited the Manaslu peak without supplemental oxygen, becoming the first Pakistani to achieve the feat.

He highlighted that his mission to summit all 14 peaks above eight-thousand meters altitude without supplemental oxygen would be the fulfillment of his father’s dream.

In February 2021, Sadpara survived an attempt to summit K2 during the winter season when his father, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Iceland’s John Snorri, and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr went missing. Their bodies were found over five months later.

Sadpara described the search for the bodies of his father and other missing mountaineers as “the most challenging and extraordinary mission” of his life.

“First, the summit of K2 itself was a dangerous adventure and the burial of my father above eight thousand metres was heartbreaking,” he said.

“It was impossible to take the bodies back to base camp so we decided to bury them on the mountain.

Climbing has been a lifelong pursuit for Sadpara, who was born into a family of mountaineers. He credited his father’s training for his success in the sport.

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