In a remarkable first, a group of three Pakistani women adventurers has achieved a historic feat by becoming the first to traverse the treacherous Haramosh La pass, stretching 5,070 meters, from Arundu to Kutwal. Dr. Sana Jamil, Ammara Sharif, and Sohniya Baber, accompanied by teammates Abduhu and Dr. Raheel, successfully conquered the challenging and dangerous route on Friday, June 16.
Haramosh La is renowned as Pakistan’s most technical, difficult, and perilous pass. The glacier on the upper Chomolungma is heavily fissured, posing a constant risk of avalanches. Additionally, the ascent on the west side requires the use of ropes nearly 600-700 meters long. This demanding trek demands exceptional mountaineering skills and is recommended only for experienced and technically proficient trekkers.
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The team, consisting of Dr. Sana Jamil from Karachi, Soniyah Babar from Karachi, Ammara Sharif from Multan, Dr. Raheel from Kharian, Abduhu from Faisalabad, and guided by Fida Ali Arundo, accomplished this extraordinary feat, setting a new benchmark for Pakistani adventurers.
In a separate development, renowned Pakistani mountaineer Sajid Sadpara made a groundbreaking announcement on the same day. He declared his intent to climb the Nanga Parbat Mountain without the aid of supplementary oxygen, further pushing the limits of his mountaineering abilities. Sajid, son of the legendary mountaineer Ali Sadpara, has already achieved a remarkable feat by scaling the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, without supplemental oxygen and assistance from Sherpas in May 2023.
Sajid, known for his indomitable spirit and determination, aims to climb all 14 eight-thousanders without relying on supplemental oxygen. His previous accomplishments include summiting K2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum-I (8,080m), Gasherbrum-II (8,035m) in Pakistan, and Manaslu (8,163m) in Nepal, all without the aid of supplemental oxygen.
The endeavors of these Pakistani adventurers serve as a source of inspiration and pride for the nation, showcasing the incredible mountaineering talent that resides within the country. Their achievements highlight the indomitable spirit and unwavering determination of Pakistani climbers, further establishing Pakistan’s position on the global mountaineering stage.