Sajid Sadpara scales Broad Peak without oxygen supplement

Sajid Sadpara

GILGIT: Pakistani mountaineer Sajid Sadpara summited Broad Peak, the world’s 12th highest mountain peak, in a single push from the basecamp on Wednesday.

Sadpara scaled the 8,051-metre peak without the assistance of Sherpas (locals who offer support to climbers) and without the use of supplementary oxygen, a testament to the climber’s skill.

Sadpara has now climbed five eight-thousanders in Pakistan without the help of supplementary oxygen. He aims to continue on his journey to scale all 14 eight-thousanders in the same manner.

In June, he was among a team to successfully climb Nanga Parbat, known as the ‘Killer Mountain’ for its high fatality rate.

He has also summited K2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum-I (8,080m), and Gasherbrum-II (8,035m) in Pakistan, as well as Manaslu (8,163m) in Nepal, without oxygen supplement.

In May, Sadpara achieved the unique feat of having climbed the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, in the same way, with no help from oxygen aid or Sherpas.

He is the son of legendary mountaineer Ali Sadpara, who successfully completed the first winter ascent to the summit of Nanga Parbat in 2016.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan’s renowned mountaineer Naila Kiani similarly started her journey to summit Broad Peak where she had already reached the second camp at 6,100m.

If she reaches the peak, Kiani will become the first Pakistani woman to top the five eight-thousanders. She is expected to reach the top of Broad Peak by the end of this month if weather conditions remain favourable.

Kiani also recently became the first Pakistani woman to summit Nanga Parbat, and was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third-highest civilian award, in recognition of her achievement.

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