Skardu climber conquers Everest

Published: May 12, 2011
Hassan Sadpara ,pictured above, made it without an oxygen supply. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Hassan Sadpara ,pictured above, made it without an oxygen supply. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Hassan Sadpara, who hails from Skardu which is home to the world’s second-highest peak K2, scaled the world’s highest peak on Thursday, becoming the second Pakistani to achieve the feat.

He made it without any oxygen supply, which makes his achievement even more courageous than that of Nazir Sabir, the first Pakistani who climbed the 29,028 ft (8,840 m) tall Mount Everest in 2000.

“On Thursday, Sadpara reached the summit at about 7:30am before starting his return journey after hoisting the Pakistani flag,” Sakhi Hassan, a colleague of Sadpara who runs an NGO in Skardu told The Express Tribune from Skardu by phone.

“We are in contact with Sadpara’s team stationed at the base camp,” Hassan said, adding that the mountaineer made it to the summit alone as the team accompanying him remained at the base camp, waiting and praying for his safe return.

Sadpara adopted the south route for ascent and reached the peak from the base camp in three days. “By now, he must have descended to camp-4,” Hassan said.

Sadpara’s expedition was launched by the Alpine Club of Pakistan.

He has already scaled five 8,000-metre-plus mountains, including K2, Nanga Parbat, and Broad Peak. His team includes his younger brother Mohammad Sadiq, and an Alpine Club representative, Mohammad Changezi, who keeps Sakhi Hassan and others updated in Skardu.

The news of Sadpara having conquered the summit brought jubilation among the people in Skardu, who took to the streets to celebrate the rare feat.

Pakistan is home to some of the world’s highest mountains, but poor security has seen fewer and fewer mountaineers from around the world ascend the peaks on Pakistan’s side of the Himalayas.

With additional input from AFP

Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th, 2011.

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  • Sa'ad Abbasi
    May 12, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Congratulations Hassan!Recommend

  • Sahrish Ahmad
    May 12, 2011 - 11:32AM

    Thumbs upRecommend

  • ASZ
    May 12, 2011 - 11:37AM

    keep it up youngman. congratulations.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Haider
    May 12, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Way to Go HassanRecommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Many many congratulations Hassan Sadparah……Recommend

  • Adeel
    May 12, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Bravo Hassan…Recommend

  • MP
    May 12, 2011 - 12:22PM

    Great work. People like Hassan Sadparah make Pakistan proud!Recommend

  • Asfundyar
    May 12, 2011 - 12:24PM

    Our hats off to youRecommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Proud Pakistani.Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 12:52PM

    I know this man personally. I have visited his native village “Sadpara” many times. Keep it up dear Hassan. We are proud of you.Recommend

  • Rasheed Patel
    May 12, 2011 - 12:53PM


  • Naveed Javed
    May 12, 2011 - 12:55PM

    Take a Bow Champion !Recommend

  • rizwan raja
    May 12, 2011 - 1:39PM

    Thats the bravery of Gilgit Baltistan’s people .. despite of any proper training and facilities they climb the world largest mountain.proud of you hassan sadpara Recommend

  • MSK
    May 12, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Great conquest, Keep the spirit. Many congratulations to you and the our nation.Recommend

  • Ali jan
    May 12, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Great conquest,Take a Bow Champion and proud our Pakistani’sRecommend

  • KKH
    May 12, 2011 - 3:24PM

    @rizwan raja:

    Hasan Sadpara is a high altitude porter and has assisted on a lot of leading expeditions.
    he has plenty of experience when it comes to climbing.
    you cat train someone to climb a 8000m peak. no once can attempt an 8000m peak without lots of climbing exp.
    you either have it in you or you dont. Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    May 12, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Way to go Hassan Sadpara!
    Pakistan Zindabaad!Recommend

  • taqi
    May 12, 2011 - 3:55PM

    great well.. proud for GB :)Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 4:02PM

    We proud on you hassan sadparah, congratulations on your success may ALLAH give you more success in future, and we also proud to be a Pakistani… if you send your contact me , so when i come pakistan i shall meet you…Recommend

  • Adnan Khan
    May 12, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Many Congrats to Hassan!

    I heard he did it without using oxygen cylinder Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 4:23PM

    What good does it do to Pakistan? it’s an uproductive activity. The funds spent on this could have been utilized better had those been used to set up a school in GB. Recommend

  • Bushra
    May 12, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Heartiest Congrats :)Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 4:56PM

    On the behalf of 2 million people of Gilgit Baltistan ,I congratulate Hassan Sadpar on his great achievemnent to conquer Mount Everest . His performance shows that there is no lack of talent in the youth of Gilgit Baltistan.
    Hassan Sadpara is the son of Gilgit Baltistan . We proud on himRecommend

  • mehdi shah
    May 12, 2011 - 5:18PM

    proud to be GBian……………Recommend

  • Farooq
    May 12, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Great achievement. We are proud of you Hassan. Heartiest Congrats.

    Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • s waseem kazmi
    May 12, 2011 - 6:33PM

    we are proud of u hassan sadpar you are the secon gebian who climb everest.. but unfortunatly still no GBian reached the national assembly of pakistan.. :(Recommend

  • rizwan raja
    May 12, 2011 - 6:54PM

    @KKH: dear i m not talking about his experience i mean his natural talent which he has achieved by his own struggle… because in gilgit baltistan there are lots of telent but there is no any govt organization which properly giving them training or any benefits else..thats the pathetic part of our country.. Recommend

  • Nayab Awan
    May 12, 2011 - 7:47PM

    @Kashif (Maan):
    Wow Good …..Proud of you pakistanisRecommend

  • Farrukh Imam
    May 12, 2011 - 8:50PM


    And congrats to Hassan.Recommend

  • Yousuf
    May 12, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Congratulations SadparaRecommend

  • ubaid baig
    May 12, 2011 - 10:05PM

    keep it up hassan,we are proud of u..Recommend

  • israr hussain
    May 12, 2011 - 10:42PM

    When it comes to achievement of a landmark, a GBian becomes Pakistani, otherwise GBians are treated non Pakistani and inhabitants of constitutionless soil, unique in the world. Is it not hypocrisy????????????????????? A question from all Pakistanis.Recommend

  • May 12, 2011 - 10:48PM

    Great Achievement,we are proud of you.
    Good luck in future.Recommend

  • farhan karim mehdi
    May 13, 2011 - 12:37AM

    Bravo Hassan Hapo :) GBians like Hassan, Nazir Sabir , Lalik Jan and thousands of martyrs will continue to serve Pakistan … without complaining about their due rights.. i am sure one day the whole nation stands up with us and say yes they are also PAKISTANIS..GB zindabad Pakistan paaindabad.. Recommend

  • adnan
    May 13, 2011 - 9:39AM

    well done.i salute u young boy.GB is full of talent.u have made whole pakistan proud.Recommend

  • Arif khan
    May 13, 2011 - 10:14AM

    congratulation Hassan broooooooooooooooooooooooootherRecommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 10:47AM

    @Hassan Sadpara

    Couldnt be more proud…………dats like a real tiger you have lead from the front at this crucial moment………..I have a firm belief that Allah has a clear message for this nation thru this success……..thats our place,,on top of the world only if we can understand what we are………..Salute to your Mr Hassan SadparaRecommend

  • usman
    May 13, 2011 - 10:51AM

    shaabaash pakistan
    u r the true son of my landRecommend

  • Farhan Khan
    May 13, 2011 - 10:59AM

    In this age of the Pakistan such news are really overwhelming for all of us. May Allah bless you and your family. Love you.Recommend

  • Karim Alam
    May 13, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Great AchievementRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 13, 2011 - 11:27AM

    Great work Hassan. You make us proud.Recommend

  • TruthNFacts
    May 13, 2011 - 12:22PM

    In fact, you have, once again, proved that Pakistanis are fully capable to take up any challenge. You really made us feel proud. In addition, you have proved that people from less privileged areas of Pakistan are no less capable, in any way, than their peer urbanites. If given proper attention and resources, they are equally competent and talented in achieving amazing tasks like you did. I salute you and others who have made fellow Pakistanis realized that equal treatment with all segments of our nation is the first and the most important step in nation building. Long live Gilgit and Baltistan, my dream world. I wish my fellows from this region of Pakistan enjoy their full rights as soon as possible. Special thanks to president for his categorical support to Hassan. May he receive similar support from others, too. Recommend

  • Naik420
    May 13, 2011 - 1:13PM

    He’s done good for the nation to motivate and raise morale which has been deeply scarred by every single politician and every person having a contact with a politician. Ejaz, you need to appreciate good effort and not be unreasonably criticising. Shame on you Ejaz and ver well done the brave climber!Recommend

  • moona
    May 13, 2011 - 2:11PM

    hi congratulationsRecommend

  • TruthNFacts
    May 13, 2011 - 2:26PM

    @israr hussain: I fully agree with you what you stated about constitutional rights of people of Gilgit and Baltistan. Even after Dacca fall, we have not any lesson from our own history and still not ready to give the rights to people of Gilgit and Baltistan, Balochistan, Southern Punjab, Sindh, and other segments of our country. I wish people of Gilgit and Baltistan all the best with their peaceful struggle of political and constitutional rights.Recommend

  • Sam
    May 13, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Thank you – finally some good news!Recommend

  • shafiq
    May 13, 2011 - 10:31PM


    Mubrook dear keep it upRecommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 10:43PM

    Well Done Hassan Sadpara……………

    You are our Hero.

    Thank you for the Good News. Recommend

  • taha qaiser
    May 13, 2011 - 11:43PM

    With determination we can conquer Mount Everest Without oxygen and with unity we can bring peace in Pakistan …. Recommend

  • mk
    May 14, 2011 - 2:50AM

    well done brother!Recommend

  • Imran
    May 14, 2011 - 10:56AM

    My solute for this brave man.Recommend

  • May 14, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Great achievement. Mr. Hasan Sadpara you have made the nation proud.

    Writer of this article must be careful while celebrating this moment he/she should not show Nazir Sabir’s achievement any less complicated. I remember crying with happiness when Nazir Sabir Reached this milestone and his picture still motivate us to go back to work and try to fight adverse conditions everyday. Pakistan Zindabad. Recommend

  • Alamgir
    May 14, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Thanks tribune for the good news…Recommend

  • losthorizon
    May 14, 2011 - 11:38PM

    well done brother.we salute for ur great efforts.A Message for the people of Pakistan whenever people of Gilgit-Baltistan achieved great achievement like Nazir sabir,lalik jan and hassan etc .we are called a people become Pakistanis who have no constitutional,judicial and executive rights.we are crying for identity from last six decades but Pakistan government and media don’t realize who we are and what are Gilgit-Baltistan status in this country.
    Think about this Gilgit-Baltistan is part of Pakistan or Not ….. ?IF YES HOW ……….? Recommend

  • Shabbir haider.
    May 15, 2011 - 3:36AM

    I think the FINAL OF AZLAN SHAH CUP 2011 between PAK AND AUS should be live telecasted on PTV by the government as our team showed outstandingly and govt should allowed big prize for them if they lift the tournament trophy.Recommend

  • Aischa Azee
    May 15, 2011 - 5:21AM

    Thank you Hasan, you made us proud!!

    @ Ejaz: Dude, seriously? Mountaineering is not an unproductive activity, It requires more than physical training & technical skills.You need a different mindset & gotta take one helluva risk. Besides, it is way better than killing time with friends, gossiping or talking politics or watching some Indian style Pakistani soap operas on TV. As a Pakistani, we need people like Hasan Sadpara and Nazir Sabir to brag about…Recommend

  • Miriam
    May 15, 2011 - 7:27PM

    wow– I feel proud. Heartily congratulations. Recommend

  • Hassan
    May 15, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Heroes like you are what we’d love to have more. Thoroughly happy. Recommend

  • Tanweer
    May 16, 2011 - 12:47AM

    Zara nam ho to ye zamin bohot zarkhez hai” Congratulations to Hassan and all Pakistani brethern.Recommend

  • Benazir
    May 17, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Honest Pakistanis are awesome and all thanks to Allah for this mighty featRecommend

  • Israr
    May 17, 2011 - 10:11PM

    Pakistan is proud of
    Hassan Sadpara,
    Mohammad Sadiq and
    Mohammad Changezi.

    Well done brothers and keep it up. This way you have encouraged other Pakistanis as well.
    Congrats ans well done once againRecommend

  • Hasan
    May 18, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Congratulations Hassan! Recommend

  • dr. anis
    May 20, 2011 - 12:14PM

    buck up sadpara….you have done a great feat by hoisting pakistani flag on mount everest.there is no dearth of talent in our sweet country….we are no lessthen any nation of the world. Recommend

  • Choco Cupcake
    May 23, 2011 - 3:29PM

    Marry me!!! I could do with a bloke who can move mountains :)Recommend

  • athar
    May 29, 2011 - 7:38PM

    what a win for Pakistan and for Gilgit-Baltistan. We are proud of you.Recommend

  • sashayub
    Jun 6, 2011 - 7:55PM

    wonderful news….well done….and best of luck for higher climbs ahead!!!Recommend

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