Tashi and Nungshi Malik, daughter of Colonel (Retd) V.S. Malik created history on Wednesday by becoming the first ever siblings to scale seven tallest peaks in seven continents by successfully climbing Mt Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica. They are now famous knows as the Dehradun twin sisters.
The Malik sisters had begun their joint expedition in 2012. The 23-year-old twins from Dehradun have successfully reached the top of:
Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa)
Mt Everest (Asia)
Mt Elbrus (Europe)
Mt Aconcagua (South America)
Mt Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania)
Mt McKinley (North America)
And, Mt Vinson Massif (Antarctica).
They also hold the record for being the world’s first twin sisters to summit mountain Everest on May 19, 2013.
The Maliks reside in Johri village of Dehradun. The duo is the first mountaineers in their family. On suggestion from their father Colonel (Retd) V.S. Malik, the twins decided to attend the basic mountaineering course at the Uttarkashi-based Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) in 2009. After that, they fell in love with mountaineering and have completed other courses-advance, search and rescue and mountaineering instructor-from NIM.
Col. Malik said: “The twins summitted Vinson at about 4 pm on December 16 local time (early morning Dec 17 IST). The Malik sisters have now set sight on the “explorers’ grand slam” by skiing to both the North and South Pole. They will also pursue a course in sports as they have been awarded the first-ever New Zealand-India Sports Scholarships.
The sisters finished their schooling from the Guru Nanak Fifth Centenary School in Mussoorie and are now into advanced studies through distance education. With successful climb of Mt Vinson, the twins have entered the “hall of fame” for mountaineers -“The Seven Summits Club”.