Sajid Sadpara Evacuated to Hospital in Kathmandu

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Sajid Sadpara in a hospital in Kathmandu today. Photo: The Pakistan Embassy in Nepal

Sajid Sadpara, part of Marc Batard’s expedition to find a new route to Camp 1 on Everest, was airlifted out of the Khumbu valley today. The helicopter took Sadpara to a hospital in Kathmandu. He is stable and receiving treatment.

These are the few facts available right now, but there is a whirlwind of speculation, contradictory detail, and worrying images that are doing the rounds online. In Pakistan, where he is considered a national hero, this has caused a great deal of anxiety.

Yesterday, speculation began on social media when a video, obviously recorded and shared without authorization, showed rescuers carrying Sadpara down the Everest trail (the pine tree forest suggests that perhaps someone filmed it between Namche Bazaar and Phakding).

Despite blogs, local media, and individual social media users suggesting a variety of potential health issues, the hospital had not released an official diagnosis.

Today, the Pakistani embassy in Nepal posted a video on Twitter showing an airlift said to be from Everest Base Camp. However, the footage shows a well-paved helipad and a stone building. Again, this suggests that it is further down the valley. They also shared a photo of Sadpara in the hospital.

Sadpara’s Everest plans

We are also expecting an official statement from Sadpara’s expedition leader, Marc Batard. Sadpara is an essential member of the international team. He had stepped in to take the place of his late father, Ali Sadpara. Ali Sadpara had agreed to accompany Batard next spring, when Batard intends to climb Everest on his 70th birthday. Batard hopes to use a new, safer route that avoids the Khumbu Icefall. Sadly, Ali Sadpara perished in February while attempting K2.

Sadpara was going to help Batard and his team scout the route, and if possible, to fix a new route to Everest Camp 1. Straight after, he was due to join Alex Txikon for a winter attempt on Manaslu. Sadpara last reported three days ago from Namche Bazaar and was feeling well, according to those who spoke with him.

Left to right: Sajid Sadpara, Marc Batard, and his son Alan Batard in Namche Bazaar some days ago. Photo: Marc Batard

An incredibly tough year

Sadpara has had a traumatic year. He was with his father on K2 in February. In fact, the young climber has lived through some of the most traumatic experiences one can imagine in mountaineering, all before turning 23.

On K2, his father saved his life when he told him to turn back on summit day. Ali Sadpara continued with his client, John Snorri. Neither made it back. Sajid Sadpara waited for them alone in Camp 3. The following day, worried about his condition, climbers back in Base Camp had to coax him down over the radio.

This summer, Sadpara returned to K2, determined to find the remains of his father. He not only found his father but summited K2 (for the second time) in tribute. On the way down, he managed to release the frozen body from the ropes, lower him down, and bury him in the snow as best he could. He did this alone until descending Bolivian climber Hugo Ayaviri stopped to help him. His life-altering year didn’t end there. In September, Sadpara took part in a rescue operation on Rakaposhi.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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jai
jai
14 days ago

I was shocked to see the video where he was tied up… I’m lost for words!
Eagerly waiting to hear from him and those in his team

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Samson Simon Sharaf
14 days ago

A Pakistani TV Channel AAJ mentions nervous breakdown. I guess the stress of 10 months took its toll. He was drained emotively.

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Don Paul
Don Paul
13 days ago

Maybe like PTSD, with his 70 year old client he felt like he was once again on death’s doorstep, and began to relive the trauma of Winter K2, as trauma victims can do.

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Jahan
Jahan
14 days ago

Sajid has been through a lot during the past 12 months. Having been thrown into spotlight while dealing with his father’s death, he handled everything with grace and strength you don’t typically find in someone of his age.
Not sure if its high altitude sickness that caused it because he has been there several times. K2’s trek is more demanding than that of Everest’s ? Thoughts??
I hope he gets well soon. Sending prayers his way.

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Jerry Kobalenko
Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Jahan

We were aware of all these rumors but felt that it was inappropriate to link to the video or to speculate about the cause of his ailment. We’ll update when we have concrete information.

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Delwyne
Delwyne
13 days ago

I could be wrong but that sure looks like the Namche helipad in the Pakistan embassy tweet.

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Updates
Updates
13 days ago

For me, the video Explorersweb respectfully did not post, but is going viral on other sites, is just awful! No one is ever tied up like that for medical transport, also with face covered. The video version with sound, Sajid was coherent, noticed camera, tried to hide from camera. I heard Sajid ask for water twice, and one of the 9 very young men surrounding him, said “I don’t have any water.” But few minutes later, Sajid was given water. An observation is no one older than early 20’s, or seasoned mountaineer, is around Sajid. No one medical in the… Read more »

Last edited 13 days ago by Updates
Lenore Jones
Lenore Jones
13 days ago
Reply to  Updates

I don’t see an IV in the hospital picture. I see the oxygen meter, a blood pressure meter, and leads for an EKG.

I haven’t seen the other video.

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Updates
Updates
13 days ago
Reply to  Lenore Jones

The IV tube is actually going around the back of his head that little tube is connected to the the bundle of tubes on his left side but the IV tube you can see the little nozzle that connects it to the left of the bed it’s not super easy to see but it is there that tube connection and then that tube goes around the back of his pillow to the right side of the bed. It’s possible the drip isn’t operational at the time of this picture, but the hook up has started.

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Updates
Updates
13 days ago
Reply to  Updates

There is a tube that is going in his left nostril, and there’s another tube that is placed in the middle of his shirt. The left nostril tube could be related to assisting with oxygen, or testing something in the stomach. The tube going inside of his shirt could be attached to some tabs that help measure heart rate. And yes I do see the blood pressure cuff on his right arm. It seems like the oxygen tank may be connected to the tube that’s going in his left nostril.

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chris
chris
13 days ago

I wish Sajid a quick recovery from his ailment.
He has undergone more than most in his young life and I am sure he has sought out care for the appropriate reasons. Lets all hope him well.
Best from America

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Samson Simon Sharaf
12 days ago
Reply to  chris

Psychologically, courage can be spent. Hence any individual needs time to recuperate. Sajid has been through the toughest physical and mental challenges. Lets pray and hope for the best.

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chris
chris
3 days ago

Respect for Sajid.
Best from America

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Chogori Adventure
12 days ago

Sajid bhai you are the hope of nation and Next Ali Sadpara. Get well soon.

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Last edited 12 days ago by Chogori Adventure
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