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A tough climb: From mountaineer to tour operator
25th August, 2014
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The card has four small pictures of him posing on top of snow-peaked mountains. "National hero Hassan Sadpara: first Pakistani to climb all five peaks above 8,000 metres, plus Everest," reads the card. For a man with humble beginnings, Hassan is indeed a hero for what he has achieved in his mountaineering career. But when it comes to business, his dreams haven't really materialized.

A tour company he opened a few years ago went bust. And the earnings from his shop, packed with used and new mountain gear imported from Nepal and China, just about help him stay afloat.

"See this merchandise," he says pointing to rows of colourful backpacks, clothes and shoes. "I have about $10,000 (Ł6,000) worth of goods here, but hardly any buyers," he says.

It wasn't always like this though.


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