Thursday, 23 June 2016

This Pakistani Climbed World's 6 Highest Mountains

Hassan Asad is a Pakistani mountaineer and an adventurer from the small village of Sadpara, 7 kilometres from Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan. He is the first Pakistani to have climbed six eight-thousanders including the world's highest peak Everest (8848m) besides K2 (8611m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Gasherbrum II (8034m), Nanga Parbat (8126 m), Broad Peak (8051m). He is also credited for summiting five of the eight-thousanders without using supplemental oxygen.

He belongs to a remote area of Sadpara Baltistan, some 7 miles from Skardu city. He has four children: three sons and a daughter. He started as a high altitude porter. He owns a small shop of used mountaineering equipment in Skardu city. It was his dedication and self-confidence that let him to the summit of world's highest peaks.

He is first Pakistani to climb Nanga Parbat in winters. He also set the world record to climb G1 and G2 within one week. Hassan Sadpara was also awarded Rs. 50 lakh by government of Pakistan for his accomplishment.

Unlike most climbers from the West, who are equipped with state-of-the-art climbing gear (and sometimes sponsored by multinational corporations), Hassan Sadpara started his career from scratch, with very few resources, and has climbed with whatever gear he could manage. He has worked as a porter for expeditions, including ones led by Koreans and Poles.

Climbing Timeline

  • Nanga Parbat (8126m) on 2 July 1999
  • K2, 8611 m 27 July 2004
  • Gasherbrum I (G-1) (8080m) in 2006
  • Gasherbrum II (G-2) (8034m), in 2006
  • Broad Peak (8051m) in 2007
  • Mount Everest (8848m) on 11 May 2011
  • Nanga Parbat in Winters (8126m) in 2015

He runs a shop for used and new mountaineering equipment in the Skardu bazaar.After his successful summit of Mount Everest, he told in an interview that he can climb all the Top 14 mountains of the world if he is sponsored and has requested the Pakistan government or international corporations in his regard. His other dream is to open a mountaineering school in his city so that he and others like him can transfer their knowledge to the youth from around the world. Rajab Shah is another Pakistani who has climbed all highest mountains of Pakistan.

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