Famed Pakistani Climber Ali Raza Sadpara Seriously Hurt in Fall

The man Pakistani mountaineers call “master of the masters” is fighting for his life.

At dawn on Tuesday, Ali Raza Sadpara was training near his hometown of Skardu, Pakistan for a planned summer objective on K2. During the routine session, he took a fall that led to serious injuries.

Photo: Sirbaz Ali Khan

 

“He was on a routine adventure at dawn today near his village,” Alpine Club of Pakistan secretary Karrar Haidri told Pakistan’s Associated Press, “when he slipped off a cliff and fell into a ditch.”

Sadpara undergoes treatment

As of this writing, few details of the fall itself exist. However, the trauma was severe enough to break Sadpara’s spinal cord and fracture some ribs.

The 55-year-old is now undergoing treatment at RHQ Hospital Skardu, in Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan. Further updates on his condition were not available at the time of publication.

Muhammad Arif Baltistani, Ambassador For Eco-Tourism at the Himalaya Rural Development Programme (HRDP), visited the fallen climber and assessed his situation as “critical”. He also appealed to various Pakistani authorities for help.

 

The ‘Master of the Masters’ Life

The Associated Press said Sadpara’s son Bashir Hussein, also a climber, appealed to the nation to pray for his father.

During a career that started in 1986, Sadpara has summited 17 8,000m peaks, including each one in Pakistan except K2. He has climbed many signature Pakistani 8,000’ers multiple times, including Broad Peak (8,047m) and Gasherbrum I (8068m) four times, and Gasherbrum II (8,035m) five times, most recently last summer.

No other Pakistani climber has stood on more high-altitude summits. Climbing K2 will bring or would have brought the mountaineer’s career full circle. He first worked in the mountains as a porter there.

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents' evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.


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Sheeny
1 month ago

My prayers to this amazing person and legend climber who no matter how hard the going was always had a big smile when I was around him. I’m sure anyone who met this guy would be thinking of him and his family. In sha’Allah

Trish
Trish
1 month ago

Please keep us updated on his condition. Prayers!!!

Tina
Tina
1 month ago

Is he related to Ali and Sajid Sadpara?

Bobby Sands
Bobby Sands
1 month ago
Reply to  Tina

No Sadpara is a common name in Pakistan

Thrill seeker
Thrill seeker
1 month ago

Hoping for a speedy recovery!

Jahan
Jahan
1 month ago

So heartbroken to hear about Ali Raza Sadpara’s situation. Hope he gets well soon.

Duke khan
Duke khan
1 month ago

Really sorry to hear about Ali. He is one of the GOAT climbers of Pakistan and a pride for the whole nation. I am praying for his health and speedy recovery while sitting in Haram Sharif (khane Kaba Makkah) may Allah bless him with health.
Ameen

Last edited 1 month ago by Duke khan
Abdulgaffar
Abdulgaffar
1 month ago

Saddened to hear about this valiant hero’s injuries. Prayers and prayers. May Allah SWT help him to be back on his feet and feat.

Jahan
Jahan
1 month ago

Update (5/27/2022):Ali Raza Sadpara has passed away yesterday. May his soul rest in eternal peace.