Nazir Sabir – Mountaineer from Pakistan
Born in the mountainous valley of Hunza Baltistan, Nazir Sabir was destined to conquer the lofty majestic mountains. His climbing career began in 1974 when he accompanied a Japanese expedition to climb the 7284m Passu Peak. He was a part of many successful expeditions which tamed the arrogant 8000m high peaks in Pakistan. He ascended K2 the 2nd highest peak of the world from an extremely perilous and virtually impossible angle the South West Ridge. He was the first Pakistani to attempt such a difficult climb and the second Pakistani to conquer K2. He also was the first person to reach the top of Paiya Peak (6660m). In 1982 he added another chapter to history when he conquered the two 8000m peaks in a week in a single attempt. These were the Broad Peak and the Gasherbrum. Nazir Sabir was accompanied by an Italian mountaineer Reinhold and a fellow Pakistani Sher Khan. Although Nazir attempted to tame Nanga Parbat three times but the killer mountain proved to be invincible as all three expeditions had to be abandoned due to bad weather.
In May 2000, Nazir Sabir along with mountaineers from USA and Canada conquered Everest. Once atop the roof of the world, Nazir paid glowing tributes to all his colleagues and friends who lost their lives trying to reach these glorious heights.
Nazir Sabir has been honored by the Pakistani government and many prestigious mountaineering clubs around the world.
Sabir has worked a lot for promoting tourism and presenting a positive image of Pakistan.
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