Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the news telecast by media regarding the disease of mountaineer Hassan Sadpara. He has announced a financial assistance of Rs.25 lakh for the treatment of Hassan Sadpara, suffering from cancer.
Earlier ; Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in June 2015 gave away a cheque of five million rupees to Pakistani mountaineer, Hassan Sadpara in recognition of his services for the promotion of mountaineering in the country.
Hassan Sadpara whose real name is 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. Contrary to initial reports, Hassan Sadpara clarified that he used supplemental oxygen during his Everest ascent due to bad weather.
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 was the second Baltistani to have summited all five of the 8000m peaks of Pakistan, after Nisar Hussain of Sadpara village. 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. 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 summit all the Top 14 mountain peaks if he is sponsored and has requested the Pakistan government or international corporations in this 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.
Hassan Satpara is a free consultant for new climbers. He provided guidance to the team of Pakistan’s First Big Wall Climbing Expedition.
- K2, 8611 m 27 July 2004
- Nanga Parbat (8126m) in 2 July 1999
- Gasherbrum I (G-1) (8080m) in 2006
- Broad Peak (8051m) in 2007
- Gasherbrum II (G-2) (8034m), in 2006
- Mount Everest (8848m) on 11 May 2011