Meet the Team

John Snorri

Team leader

John Snorri summited K2 and Broad Peak in just seven days and has since become recognized in Iceland as the country’s foremost mountaineer. This is the result of a single person performing at the height of his physical and mental capabilities.

Ali Sadpara

Team co-leader

Muhammad Ali Sadpara is a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer. He was part of the team that successfully achieved the first ever winter summit on Nanga Parbat in 2016. Ali successfully climbed four eight-thousanders in a calendar year and a total of eight in his career.

Sajid Sadpara


Sajid Sadpara is best known for being the son of Ali Sadpara. His first summit was K2 in summer in 2019. The father son duo teamed up with Icelandic mountaineer, John Snorri, and Chilean mountaineer, Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto for a joint K-2 Winter 2021 mission on February 5th, 2021.

Pasang Kaji Sherpa

IFMGA Guide / Film Crew

He’s a businessman, entrepreneur, expert climber, and father. Pasang has summited Everest 5 times and was recently in Syria helping civilians who were caught in the war. Risking his own life and his safety to help others is a common occurrence for him.

Elia Saikaly

Director / Cinematographer

He’s an award winning filmmaker and has been on Mt. Everest eight times. Elia is one of the few people on Earth who can consistently shoot above 8000m. His signature Everest imagery has garnered millions of views online been seen on Discovery Channel, BBC, ESPN, HBO, NBC, Outside Television and many more.

K2 – First Winter Ascent

John Snorri, Ali Sadpara and his son Sajid teamed up to attempt to become the first men in history to summit K2 in winter. On the night of February 5th, both John and Ali disappeared near the summit of K2, along with fellow climber JP Mohr of Chile, and were never seen again.

Our teammates are pronounced dead

My heart is with Sajid Sadpara and the immediate families as today Iceland’s John Snorri, Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr and Pakistan’s Ali Sadpara are declared dead.

Trash on K2

When will we learn? Man’s footprint at high camp 2 on K2.

The unsung heroes

The unsung heroes behind Ali, John and Sajid’s expedition. Meet Mohsin and Shahid, the backbone and foundation of the Iceland/Pakistan expedition. You can learn a lot about a man by the way those who loved him respond to his absence.

Atanas Skatov accident

Lakpa Dendi, on the mighty K2. Full write up in my blog. Lakpa was the last person to see Bulgarian climber Atanas Skatov alive. These photographs were taken on our descent, hours before John, Ali and JP were reported missing.

John Snorri

John Snorri at the foot of the mighty K2.

Ali Sadpara’s last portrait

Ali Sadpara - my last portrait taken in our tent right before the final summit push on K2.

Here again – witness to tragedy

It’s hard to believe that I’m here again - a witness to tragedy on the world’s tallest peaks.

Sadpara family to the rescue

Imtiaz and Akbar, Ali Sadpara’s cousin and nephew arrived at basecamp a little more than 24 hours ago to assist in bringing Sajid Sadpara down from the base of K2.

Search and rescue with the military

Yesterday, I embarked on one of the SAR missions with the pilots who identified a few potential leads that synced up with the yellow and red down suits that John and Ali were wearing. From a great distance, it proved to be a solid lead, but unfortunately with a telephoto lens, close fly by and expanded view later on a laptop showed that these leads unfortunately turned out to be a similarly coloured tent, mat and sleeping bag.

Our team is missing high on K2

The last number of days on K2 have been incredibly difficult.

Anyone attempting K2, especially in winter, should be nervous, because one mistake up there will cost you your life.

Ali Sadpara

His winter experience on 8000m peaks is unparalleled.

Meet Shahid

Meet Shahid, assistant to our incredible Pakistani chef Mohsin.

A failed attempt

On December 5th, 2020, team Iceland/Pakistan, comprised of John Snorri, Ali Sadpara and his son Sajid, arrived alone at K2 basecamp with their team of local Pakistani support staff.

Pasang Kaji Sherpa

Pasang Kaji Sherpa standing beneath the mighty K2 a few nights back.

Chasing the acclimated

Jalal and Fazel, our Pakistani support climbers, are tough as nails. They’re everything I’ve read and heard about: strong, resilient and kind -very tough exteriors contrasted with very warm interiors.

An impossible mission

On the 23rd of January, John Snorri, Ali and Sajid Sadpara received a weather report that there was a tiny summit window.

Meet Ali Sadpara

Ali’s reputation speaks for itself. His experience is vast on 8000m, both in summer and winter. His accomplishments are legendary including a first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat.

Meet John Snorri

John Snorri from Iceland, having a bit of fun during a good weather window at K2 basecamp.

Meet Sajid Sadpara

Meet Sajid Sadpara, Ali Sadpara’s son. He’s attempting K2 with his father and fellow teammate, John Snorri from Iceland.

Arrival to K2!

And there she is, towering high above, K2.

Journey to K2 basecamp

Our flight with ISPR through the lowlands of the Karakoram.

Traveling with the official support of ISPR

PK Sherpa and I with Hassan Bin Aftab, our man on the ground, our most trusted ally in Pakistan. He's the man moving mountains behind the scenes. Without him and Vanessa O'Brien, none of this would be possible.

We’re in Pakistan and headed to K2!

I’m thrilled to be accompanied by my climbing partner and dear friend Pasang Kaji Sherpa. We’re both excited to be storytelling around Pakistan’s local climbing hero Mohammed Ali Sadpara, his son Sajid and Iceland’s John Snorri.


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