Exploring the Treacherous Terrain of Haramosh La
In a remarkable achievement, a group of three Pakistani women adventurers has become the first in the country to successfully traverse the formidable Haramosh La. Dr. Sana Jamil, Ammara Sharif, and Sohniya Baber, accompanied by their teammates Abduhu and Dr. Raheel, completed the challenging journey from Arundu to Kutwal on Friday, June 16.
The Haramosh La is widely recognized as Pakistan’s most technical, difficult, and dangerous pass. Its treacherous terrain poses several daunting challenges for explorers. The upper Chomolungma glacier, in particular, is riddled with deep crevasses and the constant threat of avalanches. Moreover, the ascent on the west side is incredibly steep, requiring the use of ropes measuring approximately 600-700 meters in length.
A Trek Reserved for Seasoned Mountaineers
The traverse of Haramosh La is a demanding trek that demands expertise in technical mountaineering. This endeavor is not suited for novice adventurers but reserved for those with significant experience in trekking and mountaineering.
The Courageous Team Members
The team of adventurers who conquered Haramosh La comprises individuals from diverse backgrounds, each bringing their unique skills and determination to the expedition. Let’s meet the team members:
- Dr. Sana Jamil (Karachi)
- Soniyah Babar (Karachi)
- Ammara Sharif (Multan)
- Dr. Raheel (Kharian)
- Abduhu (Faisalabad)
- Fida Ali Arundo (Guide)
Sajid Sadpara’s Bold Ascent
In another exciting development for Pakistani mountaineering, Sajid Sadpara, a renowned mountaineer, has announced his intent to conquer Nanga Parbat Mountain without the use of supplementary oxygen. Not only that, but he also aims to undertake this challenge without the assistance of Sherpas, the local helpers.
Sajid Sadpara has already achieved incredible feats by scaling the world’s six highest peaks without artificial oxygen. In May 2023, he made history by conquering Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and without the aid of Sherpas.
It’s important to note that Sajid Sadpara is the son of the legendary mountaineer Ali Sadpara, who is known for his extraordinary mountaineering accomplishments. Sajid now sets his sights on an even grander goal—to summit all 14 eight-thousanders without relying on supplemental oxygen.
To date, Sajid has successfully reached the summits of K2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum-I (8,080m), and Gasherbrum-II (8,035m) in Pakistan, as well as Manaslu (8,163m) in Nepal, all without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Celebrating Achievements in Pakistani Mountaineering
The accomplishments of these Pakistani adventurers, both the women traversing Haramosh La and Sajid Sadpara’s ambitious goals, mark significant milestones in the realm of mountaineering. Their unwavering determination, courage, and commitment to pushing boundaries inspire countless individuals, both within Pakistan and beyond. As they continue to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams, they leave an indelible mark on the history of mountaineering and ignite a sense of adventure in all those who dare to dream.