When he (Ali Sadpara) was born in 1976, in the remote village of Sadpara in the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan, no one thought he would live. My grandmother had given birth to 11 children, of whom only two had survived, a son and daughter.
My father, her last child, proved everyone wrong.
Sajid, 22, is Pakistani climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara’s son. Ali Sadpara went missing in February, 5 while on his way to summit the K2 mountain.
My father Ali Sadpara was enthused and ready to continue at any cost
We were on our way up the K2 Mountain at 8200 meters when I had to turn back due to the oxygen gear problem. But my father was enthused and ready to continue at any cost.
The last time I saw my father was on February 5, while returning from K2 bottle neck at 8200 meters.
He was enthusiastic to become the first Pakistani climber ever to summit the K2 Mountain in the winters.
God has given Pakistan a stunning gift in the form of these mountains
Before I left him that evening, he said, pointing to the peaks around him: “God has given Pakistan a stunning gift in the form of these mountains. Which is why we (Pakistanis), should be the first to climb this peak.”
It has been four days today. No one has seen my father since that day. He is up there somewhere, 8,000 meters high.
My father is a fighter you see
But, to be honest, I am still hopeful of his return. My father is a fighter you see. He always has been.
After completing his FA from a government college in Skardu, he started to work as a high-altitude porter. That is when he fell in love with the hobby of mountain climbing.
He would always tell us how stunning the peaks were. “Why should only foreigners climb them? Why don’t we Pakistanis attempt it?” he would ask.
Soon he left his job and began his own journey
In 2016, as you may know, he completed the first winter ascent of the Nanga Parbat mountain. He returned glorious. Like I said, he was a survivor.
His dream was to climb all 14 8,000 meter peaks in the world. I hope he gets to ample his mission. But if he would not return, I know it would now be up to me to make his vision a reality.
Reactions on social media
It has been the third day, the hashtag #alisadpara on twitter is continuously trending on top.
Pakistani nation is eagerly waiting for its hero to come back. The whole nation is praying for the safe return of the its hero Ali Sadpara. People are warming their hearts from his memory by posting the sayings of sadpara.
Muhammad Ali Sadpara born on February, 2 1976 is a Pakistani climber. He was part of the squad that magnificently attained the first ever winter summit on Nanga Parbat in 2016. Both his partners, Alex Txikon and Simone Moro, stated that they could not have done it without Sadpara’s smartness and genuine talent. He had successfully climbed four 8000 peaks in a year and a total of eight in his whole career.
Ali Sadpara and his son, Sajid Sadpara, who had climbed K2 in 2019, teamed up with mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson from Iceland and mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto Chile for a mutual K2 scaling. A rescue mission with two army helicopters was organized on February 6th. The three climbers are still missing.