Sajid Sadpara, a distinguished Pakistani mountaineer, has etched his name in history by successfully scaling Mount Everest without the aid of additional oxygen or the assistance of Sherpas, who are widely recognized as the elite mountaineers in the sport. This remarkable achievement makes him the first Pakistani to conquer the world’s highest mountain without the use of oxygen tanks.
Prior to this feat, Sajid had successfully reached the peaks of K2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum-I (8,080m), and Gasherbrum-II (8,035m) in Pakistan, and Manaslu (8,163m) in Nepal, all without the reliance on supplemental oxygen. His ultimate ambition is to ascend all fourteen of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without the aid of oxygen.
This triumph fulfills the dream of Sajid’s late father, Mohammad Ali Sadpara, a celebrated mountaineer himself. Expressing his joy on social media, Sajid stated, “History has been made as the first Pakistani to reach the summit of Everest; solo, without the use of supplemental oxygen or personal Sherpa assistance. It was my father’s dream for Pakistan.”
In addition to Sajid’s milestone, another Pakistani mountaineer, Naila Kiani, has also made her mark in history. She became the first non-Nepalese climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest in the current climbing season. Following Samina Baig in 2013, Kiani is the second Pakistani woman to accomplish this feat.
A mother of two, a boxer, and a banker in Dubai, Kiani has previously scaled five of the 8,000-meter peaks in Nepal, including K2, Gasherbrum I and II, and Annapurna I, all within a span of less than two years.
Her next goal is to conquer Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain, during her present visit to Nepal. Kiani first garnered attention in 2018 when her wedding photoshoot at the K2 Basecamp became a sensation on social media.