Top of the world

Top of the world

After climbing Everest, Indian twins Tashi and Nungshi are on a mission to conquer the highest peaks in the seven continents Nungshi and Tashi Malik, twin sisters from Haryana, are an exceptional duo.

At the age of 22, they became the world's first twin sisters to climb Mount Everest. They scaled the world's highest peak on May 19 last year.

And now they are on another unique mission called Mission 2For7 - to climb the highest peaks in all seven continents for the cause of young Indian girls.

The talented pair has already climbed six of these peaks: Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (February 2012), Mount Everest in Asia, Mount Elbrus in Europe (August 2013), Mount Aconcagua in South America (January 2014), Mount Carstenz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea (March 2014) and Mount McKinley in North America (June 2014).

They are going to complete the last one, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, this December.

Their passion for mountaineering began when they were enrolled at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi by their father, Colonel Virender Singh Malik, who wanted them to gain exposure to the sport, for physical benefits and discipline.

They turned out to be remarkably good at it, scoring the highest marks and showing great endurance and strength.

It was in 2010 that they decided to climb Mount Everest, after being motivated by their instructor's words - who had great faith in the twins' abilities.

The twins told tabla!: "Soon after our course we already had the images of climbing Everest in our mind. Because every climber has the desire to climb to the top of the world. A lot of the motivation came from our instructors who guided us and had faith in us to go through this expedition."

"But it was very hard to convince our mother. She felt it wouldn't be right for her daughters, basically how a typical mother would think in India. But we got our way, she finally agreed and we made our way to the summit in 2013, after three years of delay."

During their Everest climb, they were joined by Pakistan's Samina Baig who became the first woman from the country to climb the peak.

And together the three of them put the Indian and Pakistani flags side-by-side to spread the message of peace.

It was from Samina that the twins got the idea of climbing the highest peaks in all seven continents.

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