Sajid Sadpara Makes History as First Pakistani to Scale Annapurna Peak in Nepal Without Supplemental Oxygen or Porters’ Support

Sajid Sadpara Makes History as First Pakistani to Scale Annapurna Peak in Nepal Without Supplemental Oxygen or Porters' Support

Sajid Ali Sadpara, a renowned Pakistani mountaineer, has accomplished a remarkable feat by becoming the first Pakistani to scale the world’s 10th highest peak, Annapurna, in Nepal, without the support of high-altitude porters and supplemental oxygen. The 8,091-metre-tall mountain was scaled in Alpine style, where mountaineers carry everything themselves, including food, tent, and ropes. 

Seven Summit Treks, the Kathmandu-based commercial adventure operator, congratulated Sadpara Sadpara in an Instagram post after his successful climb. Alpine Club of Pakistan Secretary, Karar Haidri, also extended his congratulations in a statement. The Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister, Khalid Khursheed Khan, hailed Sadpara’s achievement as a proud moment for Pakistan, especially for Gilgit-Baltistan. 

Sajid Sadpara, who had arrived in Nepal last month, had set his sights on scaling three of the world’s highest mountains, including Kangchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, and Makalu, all in Alpine style and without supplemental oxygen. He plans to complete this mission in three months. 

In April 2021, climbers Sirbaz Khan and Muhammad Abdul Joshi had also climbed Annapurna, but with the help of supplemental oxygen and not in Alpine style. 

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Sajid Sadpara, who has already scaled K2, Gasherbrum-I, and Gasherbrum-II in Pakistan, and Manaslu in Nepal, all without supplemental oxygen, aims to climb all of the world’s 14 eight-thousanders without it. In February 2021, his father, Muhammad Ali Sadpara, along with Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr, had gone missing while attempting to summit K2 during the winter season. Their bodies were discovered in July, over five months after they went missing. 

Sajid Sadpara described the search for the bodies of his father and other missing climbers as the most challenging and extraordinary mission of his life. He hopes that his mission to climb all 14 peaks above eight-thousand meters altitude without supplementary oxygen would be the fulfilment of his father’s dream. Sadpara has made a name for himself in the Alpine community with his exceptional achievements. 

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