Dehradun twin sisters first siblings to scale tallest peaks in 7 continents


#Dehradun #Uttarakhand By successfully climbing Mt Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, Dehradun twin sisters Tashi and Nungshi Malik created history on Wednesday by becoming the first ever siblings to scale seven tallest peaks in seven continents. According to a report in India Today, 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 finally 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. Father 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.

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