Dehradun based twin sisters Nungshi and Tashi Malik completed the Adventurers Grand Slam when they reached the North Pole on April 21. With this, they become the first Indian twins to have completed the course that includes scaling seven summits and skiing to the South and North Poles.
The 23-year-old twins left the Arctic city of Lonyearbyen in Norway on April 15 to ski to North Pole. The twins are pursuing a graduate diploma in sports and exercise in New Zealand. Their course is a part of special grant from the government of New Zealand.
Col. (retd.) VS Malik, father of Tashi and Nungshi shared with HT, "On 21 April, after a grueling seven-day ski journey, sledging nearly 300 lbs and braving minus 30 degree temperatures, they hoisted the tri-color at the North Pole."
The father claimed that the twins have become the world's first ever siblings and twins as well as the youngest women to complete Adventurers Grand Slam. They are also the first twins to reach South Pole and North Pole on skis, he claims. HT could not independently verify these claims
Led by Bengt Rotmo from Norway, their team had a male climber from Egypt and a woman from the Philippines, he further added.
According to a press note released on behalf of twins, North Pole is the northernmost point on Earth, found at latitude 90° north, where all meridians of longitude meet and the only direction is south.
"All directions point south and all lines of longitude converge there. It's located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amidst waters 4,000 meters deep that are covered with constantly shifting sea ice 2-3 meters thick and temperatures averaging minus 30 degrees," added Malik.
Earlier on December 19, the twins successfully scaled South Pole. Prior to this, the twins scaled seven summits.
Tashi and Nungshi Malik have also secured their place in 60th issue of Guinness World Records 2015. They are also the first Indian twins to have scaled Mt. Everest on May 19, 2013 along with Samina Baig who is the first woman from Pakistan to have scaled the peak.
The twins are also brand ambassador of 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign of Uttarakhand government.