Meet Desi Mountaineer – a Lahori man who loves K2, Mount Everest

Sa’ad Mohamed was raised in Lahore where he was born. He first encountered mountains in novels, cartoons, and on summer vacations to hill stations. He became increasingly fascinated with mountaineering as he grew older.

He told the Minute Mirror, “Whenever I see a mountain, I feel like being attracted to it. He is one of a select group of Pakistanis from the plains who have reached the base camp of Mount Everest and summited numerous summits.

He says that becoming a climber is difficult for someone from Lahore. A climber by passion, a motivational speaker by choice, and a content producer by chance, he refers to himself as a desi mountaineer.

“No one in the family encourages me whenever I decide to climb a mountain in the Northern Regions, and that too in the midst of below-freezing conditions.”

Mountaineering is a good term for acts of daredevilry, and every trip inevitably involves overcoming perilous obstacles.

He heads up to the mountains whenever he has the time and the money. He went skiing during the winter at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Malam Jabba. He claims that every trekker’s desire is to cross the extremely difficult, 5,630m-high Gondogoro La (Pass), which he did on his most recent journey.

But Samina Baig was the one who gave him the courage to reach Mount Everest. In 2012, he participated in a Pakistan-China Friendship trip on Spantik Peak, which inspired him to consider greater adventures.

In 1996, Sa’ad began visiting base camps and wading passes, which marked the beginning of his voyage to rocky areas. His genuine career as a summiteer started in 2006, and his ascent of the 7,000-meter-plus peak in 2012 gave me a lot of confidence to embark on greater expeditions.

Every time he goes on an expedition, Sa’ad uses a camera and a pen to record his experiences. He wrote a travelogue about his experience climbing Mount Everest for the BBC.

Every trekker’s lifetime goal has been to reach the peak of Mount Everest, which he refers to as the “ultimate prize.”

“I felt panic run down my spine as I stood at the base camp of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be at the base of the tallest peak in the world,” he claims.

Sa’ad has attempted peaks that are often unexplored. Exactly six years ago, he recalls his expedition to climb the 5,950-meter-high Kuzz-Ser mountain.

Sa’ad was over the moon when he finally made it to the top of the 5,950-meter-high Kuzz-Ser in Shimshal Pass, despite the chilly weather and sporadic blizzards. If I could just go a little bit higher, I felt like I could reach out and touch the sky, he remarked.

He could see K2 in the East South East after he reached the peak.

Because climbing is an addicting activity and his love for the great outdoors has only begun, he declared that he would climb K2 within the next ten years.

This is the first ascent of the mountain during the winter season using the south face as the starting point.

Simone Moro is perhaps the most well-known winter expedition of the present, according to Mr Mohamed, who claims that winter trips are a relatively recent trend in world climbing.

As I was taking night shots in Shujerav at a height of 4,400 metres, Moro was ascending Nanga Parbat, he said.

Mountaineer Wazir Baig and Shimshal native and high-altitude porter Hajjat Kareem helped the mountaineer.

The trekking route is perilous, and one frequently avoids death, especially in the winter.

The Shimshal valley is recognised for its hard and steep topography as well as its breathtaking scenery.

“I feel that challenges are a part of any journey, large or little, but the main difficulty is funding climbing excursions,” Mr Mohamed adds. “We just cannot continue to do this out of our own money,” he explained. “With the current security situation in Pakistan, fewer and fewer international expeditions are ready to come here. The tourist business was severely harmed in the aftermath of 9/11, and the Diamir event has nearly brought the once-thriving industry to an end. Companies with a local presence should understand that there is more to life than cricket matches and musical events. “Corporate social responsibility is more than simply photo ops; it’s past time for corporations to identify themselves with the cause of revitalising tourism in Pakistan,” Mr Mohamed added.

Sa’ad proposes a year-long hiking adventure.

“I need to remain fit whether I’m in Lahore or hiking a mountain,” he explains.

“The first hurdle of every trip is to acclimatise to local circumstances,” he explains.

“On an expedition, one must be patient and prepared to face the unexpected – storms and avalanches. Mountaineering fails timelines and plans; this is an area where raw chance is very important.”

This year, he is planning to summit the Killer Mountain – Nanga Parbat. Good luck to him.