Despite roots in one of India’s most conservative rural Haryana state notorious for its skewed sex ratio in favour of boys, Nungshi and Tashi Malik, by 23 years old had achieved several global gender iconic milestones.
They are the world’s first siblings and twins as well as youngest persons and the first South Asians to complete the ‘Adventurers Grand Slam’ (scaling highest peaks in all continents including Everest, and skiing to North and South Poles). Guinness World Records has already featured them for several of these including ‘first female twins to scale Everest, first twins and siblings to scale the Seven Summits and youngest person to complete Explorers Grand Slam’.
Popularly known as ‘Everest twins’, Nungshi and Tashi dedicated their adventure mission to Indian girl child with the motto ‘Gender Equality Now: Fight Female Feticide’. They use their climbing as metaphor for the ‘invisible’ mountains of gender discrimination, exclusion and denial of basic rights that millions of girls in India have to climb daily.
Last year they started ‘NungshiTashi Foundation’ with the twin objectives of promoting Outdoors Leadership and girl empowerment through Outdoors.
•First female twins to scale Mt Everest (Climbed at 21 years of age)
•First siblings & twins to climb ‘Seven Summits’ (highest peaks in all continents)
•First siblings & twins to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge
•Youngest persons ever to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge
•First twins to reach South Pole on Skis (last degree)
•First twins to reach North Pole on Skis, (last degree)
•First South Asians to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge
•Youngest and Fastest South Asians to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge (two years and a month)
•Youngest South Asians to scale the ‘Seven Summits’
•First Indian women to climb all ‘Seven Summits’ in first attempt (overall 2nd Indian women and third Indians)
•Youngest and fastest South Asians to reach North & South Pole on Skis (completed in less than 4 months)
“With passion and commitment, miracles do happen”
Other Everest Episodes you can listen to on the Tough Girl Podcast
Website - http://nungshitashi.org
Twitter - @NungshiTashi
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