Sajid Ali Sadpara reached the summit of K2 — for the second time — along with his teammates Canadian filmmaker Elia Saikaly and Nepal’s Pasang Kaji Sherpa on Wednesday. Wednesday proved to be an exceptionally good day as a total of 24 climbers were successful in reaching the summit of K2.
The K2 expedition was planned by Sajid and his teammates to find the bodies of his father Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr. The three climbers were last seen on February 5 near the Bottleneck on K2 as they attempted to reach the summit.
Sajid Sadpara, who was accompanying the three on Feb 5, had to abandon his summit bid after his oxygen regulator malfunctioned and he returned to camp 3. Bad weather thwarted multiple attempts to search for the missing climbers. The climbers were presumed dead on February 18.
After successfully finding the dead bodies of the three, Ali Sadpara has been buried on the world’s second highest peak K2.
This was confirmed by Ali Sadpara’s son Sajid on Twitter.
Sajid said that he has temporarily buried his father’s body in the snow at K2 Camp 4 so that the body can be protected from avalanches and other mishaps.
He mentioned that a climber from Argentina helped him a lot in this important mission. He brought the body of Ali Sadpara from the height of bottleneck to Camp 4 with him.
Ali Sadpara’s son said that after burying his father’s body, he hoisted the Pakistani flag on it to mark his grave and recited the Holy Quran on behalf of the whole nation.
Cheif Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar also paid tribute to Sajid Sadpara in a tweet, saying: “The whole Nation is proud of @sajid_sadpara for retrieving the body of National Hero Ali Sadpara after a thorough search from the heights of K-2
He further added: “On behalf of people of Punjab I pay my respects and honour to late Ali Sadpara and family for their services to the Pakistani Nation!
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