Sporting the same outfit – grey top, blue denims and even matching emerald contact lenses- they speak with passion about mountains. In April, Nungshi and Tashi Malik, twins from Sonepat, Haryana, became the only Indians – in fact, the only south Asians – to complete the Explorers Grand Slam
Here are some unknown facts about them:
-First Indians to win the mountaineering grand slam ( the North Pole, the South Pole and all of the Seven Summits).
-The 23-year-old sisters from Sonepat are also the youngest in the world to have completed the challenge in April
-As women from a conservative Haryanvi community making a foray into a field that is heavily tilted in favour of men, the girls did struggle to make everyone believe in them, especially when it came to sponsorship.
– their once-reluctant mother took a loan and their father, an army officer, put all his savings at stake.
-Prime Minister Narendra Modi made them the ambassadors of the Beti Bachao campaign.
-They have lost 25 of their climber friends in the last one and a half year.
-The usually cheerful twins leave loving notes for their parents before embarking on dangerous missions, knowing that they may not come back.
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