Ali Raza Sadpara, a well-known Pakistani mountaineer, succumbed to his injuries and died early Friday morning in Skardu, weeks after a fall that left him gravely injured. He was 56 years old at the time.
On May 17, the climber slipped from a cliff and into a ditch, sustaining serious injuries. He was brought to the District Headquarters Hospital in Skardu for treatment, where doctors discovered a damaged spinal cord and shattered ribs.
Funeral prayers will be held in the city’s Olding village.
This summer, Sadpara planned to try an ascent of K2, the world’s second-highest peak.
He began his career in 1986 and has 17 times climbed Pakistan’s 8,000-meter peaks. Broad Peak (8,047m), Gasherbrum-II (8,035m), Gasherbrum-I (8,068m), and Nanga Parbat were among his achievements (8,125m).
He also conquered Sia Kangri, Baltoro Kangri, and Spantik. He also mentored Ali Sadpara, Hassan Sadpara, and other mountaineers, including Ali Sadpara, who perished on K2.
Climbers, legislators, journalists, and members of the civic society offered their condolences to Ali Raza’s family, calling his death a “great loss” for climbing.
They also praised the climber for his services to adventure tourist promotion.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari expressed his sympathies to Sadpara’s family and prayed for the deceased soul in a statement released by the PPP’s media cell.
Sadpara’s death, according to Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman, was “certainly a tremendous loss for Pakistan.”
“His legacy lives on in the generation of mountaineers he mentored during his valiant life. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the bereaved family. I pray that his soul rests in peace “on Twitter, she stated.
Very sorry to hear of Ali Raza Sadpara's passing, surely a great loss for Pakistan. His legacy lives on in the generation of mountaineers he trained over the course of his courageous life. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mybNnCVz7T
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) May 27, 2022
Mountaineer Sirbaz Khan, the only Pakistani to have climbed 10 mountains above 8,000m, said Ali Raza Sadpara had spent his entire life in the service of Pakistan. He said Ali Raza had raised Pakistani flag on 8,000m summits more times than any other mountaineer.
Khan said the deceased climber had trained a whole generation of mountaineers, adding that he was called “ustaadon ka ustaad (teacher of teachers)”.
Saad Munawar, climber and tour operator, also expressed sadness at the news. “Heartbroken at the demise of Ali Raza. Death is indeed the biggest reality of life,” he said. “Pakistan will miss a legend. Pakistani mountaineers will miss their mentor and the mountains will miss their best friend.”
On Twitter, American climber and skier Luke Smithwick posted a photo of Ali Raza that he claims was shot last summer while climbing Gasherbrum-II. “Even though he was with another team, we all worked together on 8000-meter mountains, which is how peaks are achieved.”
Ali Raza Sadpara passed away this morning. I snapped the photo last Summer while climbing Gasherbrum Two, he was with another team yet we all work together on 8000 meter mountains, that’s how summits happen.
It’s important that he is remembered, a humble master. pic.twitter.com/xKriAyGI1O
— Luke Smithwick (@lukesmithwick) May 27, 2022
Smithwick went on to say how vital it was that Sadpara be remembered, describing him as a “humble maestro” who had scaled 8,000-meter peaks multiple times.
Meanwhile, Abdul Joshi, a teenage mountaineer and “pathfinder,” expressed his disbelief at the news. “It feels like the entire world is lying to me… or maybe that’s what I want to believe.
“Apo Ali Raza, you will be remembered forever,” he added, adding that Sadpara was not only the best mountaineer, but also the “best human.”