“Pakistan has lost a brave and celebrated climber"
Pakistani mountain climber Mohammad Ali Sadpara, who recently went missing during his scale of K2, has officially been declared dead.
The climbers accompanying Sadpara were John Snorri, of Iceland, and Juan Pablo Mohr, of Chile.
All three climbers have now been declared dead.
The group went missing on Friday, February 5, 2021, after losing contact with K2’s base camp, at a height of 8,000 metres.
K2 is the world’s tallest mountain after Mount Everest, and bears the name of Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain”.
Sajid Sadpara, son of the 45-year-old Pakistani climber, addressed a press conference called by his family and the Gilgit Baltistan’s tourism ministry.
During the conference, Sajid Sadpara said:
“K2 has embraced my father forever.”
World-renowned mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara was the only Pakistani to climb eight of the world’s 14 highest mountains.
He also made history by completing the first-ever winter summit of the world’s ninth highest peak, Nanga Parbat.
Sadpara began scaling K2 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
His son, 20-year-old Sajid, accompanied him, however, he was asked by his father to descend after their oxygen tank malfunctioned.
The malfunction came in a spot called the Bottleneck. It is considered one of the toughest points of the K2 climb.
Sanjit Sadpara went on to call his father a “national hero”. He has also thanked people for the love and support shown towards his family.
“Pakistan has lost a brave and celebrated climber, while our family has lost a loving and caring head and a great adventurous individual who was passionate about the Pakistani flag to the point of insanity.”
Sajid Sadpara has also promised to continue in his father’s footsteps, and “carry on his dreams and ambitions.”
K2, in the Karakoram range, had never been scaled during the winter until last month. It was completed by a Nepalese team just days before Sadpara began his climb.
On Friday, February 5, 2021, Pakistan began an aerial search to find the missing climbers. However, poor weather conditions forced the helicopters to turn back multiple times.
On Thursday, February 18, 2021, the rescue mission came to an end. However, the search for their bodies will continue, according to the region’s tourism minister.
Minister Raja Nasir Ali Khan said:
“All the weather experts, climbers and experts from the Pakistan army have reached the conclusion that a human being cannot live for that long in such harsh weather.
“That’s why we are announcing that they are no more.”
The news of the climbers’ deaths confirms yet another tragedy in the history of mountaineering.