India’s famous ‘Everest twins’ Nungshi and Tashi (popularly known as NungshiTashi) – make history again. This time, they have scaled Mt Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica to become world’s first twins to achieve this feat.
On 16th December noon, after a tough 8 hours climb dodging through extreme cold and ferocious winds, they have also created history by becoming world’s first twins and first siblings to scale the tallest peaks in all seven continents, the famed ‘Seven Summits’.
Recently, the twin sisters got featured in the 60th edition of the Guinness world records for being the first pair of twins to have scaled Mt Everest. Earlier the Malik twins had also found their entry in the Limca Book of Records.
Standing at 4892 metres tall, Mount Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica and is one of the most remote mountains on earth. The summit was first conquered in 1966 by mountaineers led by Nicholas Clinch from the American Alpine Club and the National Science Foundation. It was the last of the 7 Summits to be climbed.
“NungshiTashi have been awarded the First ever New Zealand India Sports Scholarships to pursue higher studies in Sport and Exercise starting next year February,” says her dad, retired army officer Col VS Malik, former commandant with 22 Assam Rifles posted at Maram, Manipur, from where the girls have passed out their matriculation.
The twin sisters – Nungshi and Tashi (23 years old) were born to Col (R) Virender Singh Malik and Anju Thapa Malik, a housewife and the daughter of Late Lt Col Jem Bahadur Thapa.
[highlight highlightColor=”highlight-blazeorange” ]Peaks the twins have scaled:[/highlight]
a) Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak) February 2012
b) Mt Everest (World’s & Asia’s highest) May 2013
c) Mt Elbrus (Europe’s highest peak) August 2013
d) Mt Aconcagua (South America’s tallest peak) January 2014
e) Mt Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia’s tallest peak) March 2014
f) World’s youngest twin sisters and 2nd pair to conquer Mt McKinley (North America’s tallest peak) June 2014
g) Mt Vinson (Antarctica’s highest peak) on December 2014
h) They are also First twin sisters ever to conquer an unclimbed, un-named peak at 21000 ft located in Indian Himalayas on 12 August 2013
Among 450 mountaineers from around the world including two Indians who have successfully climbed all the seven summits. The twins have become youngest Indian to achieve this feat.
Soon after their Everest success, NungshiTashi set out on #Mission2for7 last year, to climb the tallest peaks in all seven continents for the cause of the Indian girl child with motto ‘gender equality now – fight against female feticide’.