A statue of the legendary mountain climber Ali Sadpara is placed in Gilgit Sonikot to pay tribute to the mountaineer for his remarkable expeditions. The name of the chowk is changed from MP Chowk to Sadpara Chowk in memory of the legend.
Sadpara died on February 5, 2021, while attempting to summit K2, the world’s second-highest peak, in northern Pakistan.
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Muhammad Ali Sadpara was a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer who was born in February 1976. In 2016, he was part of a team that successfully accomplished the first winter climb to the summit of Nanga Parbat, which included Italian alpinist Simone Moro and Basque alpinist Alex Txikon.
Sadpara climbed a total of eight eight-thousanders during his career, four of which he accomplished in a single calendar year. He is the only Pakistani to have climbed eight of the world’s fourteen highest peaks, including the first-ever winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest peak.
Ali Sadpara, along with two others – Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr – went missing on February 5 while attempting to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain at 8,611m (28,251 ft) and also supposedly the deadliest, at 8,611m (28,251 ft).
His son Sajid was also on the expedition, and the plan was for the father-and-son duo to summit K2 without oxygen, which had never been done in the winter previously. After feeling nauseous, Sajid had to turn back from the Bottleneck, often known as the “death zone,” which is around 300 meters from the top.
After that, he assisted military-led search and rescue teams in looking for indications of his father and the other two guys on the mountain.
The search was eventually called off, and all three climbers were pronounced dead.