A memorial has been dedicated to late mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara (1976-2021) in Gilgit’s Sonikot. Sadpara Chowk has been renamed after his father, according to his son Sajid Ali Sadpara.
The monument depicts Sadpara with climbing gear, including oxygen equipment, causing some to suggest that it be removed because the mountaineer did not use any during his most recent ascent.
Sajid went on Sadpara’s last mission, but he had to return after becoming ill and the oxygen tank’s mask regulator burst a leak.
Sadpara urged Sajid to keep climbing, according to a BBC interview, because Nepalese had ascended the mountain a week before and he wanted to as well.
Sadpara senior was a high-altitude mountaineer who was a member of the world’s only winter team to summit Nanga Parbat in 2016.
He also ascended eight of the world’s fourteen highest peaks, four of which in the same year.
Sadpara and two other mountaineers, Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr, went missing on February 5, 2021 while attempting to summit K2, the world’s second highest peak at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet).
On February 18, he was officially proclaimed deceased, although his body was not discovered until the summer of 2021.