Tashi and Nungshi Malik created history on18th December 2014, when they became the world’s first twins to climb the tallest peaks in each of the seven continents. The twenty-four year old twins who originally hail from the Indian state of Haryana are also the world’s first twins to scale the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest.
This is a remarkable feat for the Indian girls who took on the arduous task of scaling the highest peaks for the noble cause of the girl child in India. The objective of their mission ‘Mission2For7’ is to create awareness about the plight of the Indian girl child and gender discrimination. Their love for mountaineering was sparked when they did a course in mountaineering from the reputed Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi in 2009. After that, there was no looking back. Tashi and Nungshi pledged to scale the highest peaks in each continent of the world in an effort to encourage all girls to believe in their dreams and overcome all obstacles thrown their way, thus breaking gender stereotypes. For the twins, mountaineering is a metaphor for life’s climbs.
They are now gearing up for a yet more daring challenge, the ‘Girls4IceCapsChallenge’ which would be a 5000 kilometre trek across the world’s four largest ice caps in Greenland, South Pole, Patagonia and North Pole. The trek would be completed over a period of three years. Though the trek promises to be a daunting one, the girls are undeterred. For them, it would be an even bigger test of their mental and physical endurance.
We wish the twins good luck for all their future endeavours and hope that they continue to inspire others to pursue their dreams. After all, sky is the limit!