Ali Sadpara: The mountain man
There are several videos of a 45-year-old dancing man, circulating on social media which have become a sensation as people are paying tributes to Pakistan’s missing climbing hero, Muhammad Ali Sadpara.
Ali Sadpara, John Snorri from Iceland and JP Mohr from Chile could not be contacted since Friday. The three mountaineers went missing during their expedition to 8,611-meter mountain K2.
Born in February 1976 in Sadpara – a village in Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan, Ali Sadpara is known for hoisting national flag on eight 8000-meters-plus high peaks. In 2016, he received worldwide attention when he succeeded in summiting Nanga Parbat popularly known as “The Killer Mountain”, for the first time in winters along with Spain’s Alex Txikon and Italy’s Simone Moro.
Later on Sadpara’s Italian and Spanish counterparts had been reported saying that they could not have made the world record without Sadpara’s brilliance. However, Sadpara has now climbed Nanga Parbat four times.
Ali Sadpara is often described by his fellow climbers or peers as caring, courageous and humor-loving person. Sadpara’s determination and devotion towards mountaineering can be traced through his old profession when he worked as a potter. Sadpara’s native village is famous for its porters who assist people (mostly climbers) in reaching these glorious mountain.
“One of my very first jobs was to deliver supplies to Pakistan Army posts leading to Siachen way back in the mid-1990s,” he said in an interview published in Dawn.
Two years later in January 2018, Sadpara, accompanied by Alex Txikon, made an unsuccessful attempt to summit the world’s highest peak of Mount Everest without any supplemental oxygen. Later in June 2018, he was enlisted in a five-year program known as “Beyond Mount Everest” by French mountaineer Marc Batard.
The program is about summiting Nanga Parbat, K2 and Mount Everest in 2019, 2021 and 2022 respectively.
“The last time I saw my father was on February 5,” stated Sadpar’s son Sajid Ali Sadpara in his article published in Geo News.
Sajid said that his father had been excited to become the first Pakistani to summit the unclimbed K2 mountain in the winters.
“But, to be honest, I am still hopeful of his return. My father is a survivor you see. He always has been,” Sajid concluded as nation also waits for a miracle to happen.