ISLAMABAD – Renowned Pakistani mountaineer Hassan Sadpara passed away in Rawalpindi here on Monday (today).

Sadpara was brought to a private hospital in Rawalpindi last week after he was diagnosed with blood cancer however he lost the battle against cancer today.

Sadpara’s son Arif appealed the government to help the ailing mountaineer and recently Punjab government handed over a cheque worth Rs. 2.5 million to the family in this regard.

Hassan Ali Sadpara hailed from a small village of Sadpara, some seven kilometres from Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan.

He was the first Pakistani mountaineer to have climbed six high mountains, including the world’s highest peak Everest (8848m), K2 (8611m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Gasherbrum II(8034m), Nanga Parbat (8126 m) and Broad Peak (8051m).