Veteran Pakistani mountaineer Ali Raza Sadpara has suffered serious injuries after falling from a mountain during a routine climbing practice near his village in Gilgit.

According to Karar Haideri, the secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, Sadpara was on a routine training expedition in his village when he lost his balance and slipped off the mountain.

“He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors have confirmed that his ribs and backbone have received serious injuries,” he said.

Sadpara was eyeing to summit K2 – the highest peak in Pakistan – this season. This was his only peak left for climbing among all eight-thousanders in Pakistan.

He has summited the Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II and Nanga Parbat for a record collective 17 times. No other Pakistani has summited mountains over 8,000 metres.

Sadpara had made two attempts to summit K2 in the past but both went unsuccessful due to the weather.

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