Nisar Hussain Sadpara
Born in village Sadpara, Skardu Gilgit Baltistan in 1974, Mr Nisar Hussain became keenly interested in the field of mountaineering in line with the traditions of the Sadpara. For fulfilling his dream while earning his bread and butter he opted to become a high altitude porter and started climbing various mountains while in the company of visiting foreign mountaineering expeditions. His achieved his first major climbing feat in 1996 when he climbed Sia Kangri (7,422 m) situated at the confluence of Siachen and Baltoro glaciers as part of an Army expedition. Through his passion he developed good technical expertise in climbing and thus became a fovourite for the foreign expeditions.
In 1999, Mr. Nisar Hussain accompanied a Korean Expedition to Gasherbrum II (8,035). Very strong, daring and determined Nisar displayed his utmost mountaineering skills and successfully climbed the mountain. In 2000, he again accompanied another Korean Expedition and reached the summit of Broad Peak. In 2003, he climbed with a Korean expedition, Gasherbrum II (8,035) and Gasherbrum I (8,068 m) within a span of 24 days, entering into the class of mountaineers who have achieved the distinction of climbing more than one 8,000 metre high peaks in a month.
Due to his excellent mountaineering skills and high altitude fitness he was selected by Alpine Club of Pakistan for Joint China Pakistan expedition to K-2 (8,611 m). While helping the Chinese mountaineers to reach the summit he proudly unfurled National Flag on the summit of this second highest mountain of Pakistan, thereby strengthening mountaineering friendship between China and Pakistan. In 2007 he was again selected for Joint China Pakistan expedition to Gasherbrum I (8,068 m) and through his skills the expedition succeeding in climbing the peak. In 2008, he climbed Nanga Parbat in the company of a German expedition through Diamer face and thus was able to the achieve unique distinction of becoming third Pakistani to climb all five mountains of Pakistan rising above 8,000 metres out of the total such fourteen mountains of the World.
In 2011 Nisar Hussain team up with Gerfried Goschl in summer 2011 in his attempt for tripple header ie, Gasherbrum I (8,068 m) I, Gasherbrum II (8,035 m) and K-2 (8,611 m). He alongwith other international climbers reached summit of both Gasherbrum I and II. Nisar Hussain by now achieved unique another unique distinction of being first Pakistani to climb Gasherbrum II four times and Gasherbrum I three times. He also chose to become part of Gerfried Goschl winter expedition to Gasherbrum I with the aim of becoming first Pakistani to make first winter ascent of this difficult peak from the new route on South side. He along with other members of the summit party was successful in traversing this new and most difficult route on the mountain under extremely low temperatures (in the range of minus 50 to 70 degrees Centigrade) and strong winds (often blowing more than 50 kms per hour). He, along with Gerfried Goschl and Swiss climber Hehlen Cedric was last seen just below the Gasherbrum I summit on the fateful day of 9th March 2012 at 12 pm, when he along with his team mates disappeared and was declared lost near the Summit after aerial search conducted later on 15th March 2012.
All members of Alpine Club of Pakistan, its officials and office bearers express their deepest sorrow and grief on this tragedy and loss of Nisar Hussain. In him we have lost a great mountaineer, a good husband, a good father and above all a good human being. Our heart goes out for his family and friends in this hour of grief and distress. May God Bless his soul eternal peace in the Heavens and give his family members strength to shoulder this irreparable loss.