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Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer Born: February 2, 1976 (age 45 years), Skardu Children: 3 Disappeared: 5 February 2021 (aged 45); K2, Pakistan Spouse(s): Fatima Sadpara Status: Missing for 5 months and 18 days; (officially presumed dead at K2 Bottleneck on 18 February 2021) Sadpara, has the distinction of proudly hoisting the Pakistan flag on eight high-altitude peaks. He was born in Sadpara, a village at the periphery of Skardu city on February 2, 1976. The mountaineer began his career as porter and worked his way up to climbing high peaks with expeditions. Sadpara was part of the team which successfully achieved the first ever winter summit on Nanga Parbat in 2016. Both his teammates, Alex Txicon and Simone Moro, have gone on record stating that they could not have done it without Sadpara’s brilliance. In 2015, the same team had attempted to scale the Nanga Parbat in winter but to no avail. He has now climbed Nanga Parbat on four occasions. In January 2018, he teamed up with Alex Txikon, a Spanish mountaineer, and tried unsuccessfully, to summit Mount Everest in winter without any supplemental oxygen. While in June 2018 he has been enlisted by Marc Batard to undertake a five-year program known as “Beyond Mount Everest”. They plan to summit Nanga Parbat, K2 and Mount Everest in 2019, 2021 and 2022 respectively.

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Sadpara was born on 2 February 1976 in the village of Sadpara, located near Skardu in Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan to Fiza Sadpara. He was the youngest of eleven children, and eight of his siblings did not survive childhood. He married his wife, Fatima, when he was 19 and had his first son, Sajid, shortly afterwards; he had a total of three children. He completed his FA from a government college in Skardu and was a member of his college football team. He began his career as a high-altitude porter, serving as an assistant in mountain-climbing expeditions. Like most other porters, Sadpara traversed the rugged Baltoro Glacier in flip-flops and castoff gear. Only three of the 11 siblings born in a village outside Skardu survived their childhood. The youngest of them is Muhammad Ali Sadpara, who built his career as a flip-flop-wearing high-altitude porter. His first playground was the Baltoro Glacier. With some luck and sheer determination, Ali joined expeditions on the great mountains. There are 14 mountains in the world higher than 8,000 metres. Sadpara has scaled eight of them. They are the Gasherbrum II, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak and K2 in Pakistan, and Lhotse, Manslu and Makalu in Nepal. He was a member of expeditions that completed the first winter and autumn ascents of Nanga Parbat and the first winter ascent of the Pumori Peak in Nepal. Team mate Alex Txicon and Simone Moro give the credit for the winter summit of Nanga Parbat to Sadpara’s brilliance. The trio succeeded in their second attempt in 2016 after having failed a year earlier. In 2018, Txicon and Sadpara teamed up to attempt a winter climb of Mount Everest without any supplemental oxygen. But they could not succeed. In 2021, Sadpara, his son Sajid, John Snorri and Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto attempted to climb the K2 in winter, a feat achieved only once so far. Sajid was forced to turn around on February 5 after his oxygen tank regulator malfunctioned at the Bottleneck — the most technical part of the climb. The climbers lost contact with the base camp after Sajid’s return.

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