TASHI & NUNGSHI MALIK PROFILE
By the young age of 23 years, Nungshi and Tashi Malik achieved several global gender iconic milestones. They are world’s first female twins to scale Mt Everest, first twins and siblings to climb the famed ‘Seven Summits’ (highest peaks in all continents) and have been featured in 60th edition of Guinness World Records. Having successfully completed last degree ski to the North and South Pole for another world’s first, they have become world’s first siblings and twins to complete the prestigious ‘Adventurers Grand Slam’ and ‘Three Pole Challenge’. They are also world’s youngest persons ever to complete it.
In addition, the sisters have also achieved several national and regional records, which include ‘youngest South Asians to scale the Seven Summits, youngest South Asians to reach South Pole on Skis, youngest South Asians to reach North Pole on Skis, first Indian women to climb all seven summits in first attempt and first South Asians to complete ‘Adventurers Grand Slam’.
The twin sisters have been most widely reported mountaineers in the Indian and global media.
Their quest for the Seven Summits was inspired by the cause of the Indian girl child which they named #mission2for7 and now mission#UnchaiyonSeAage (hindi words meaning ‘beyond heights’) to become world’s first siblings to complete Adventurers Grand Slam.
Nungshitashi’s have been made the brand ambassadors of Uttarakhand state (India) for its ‘beti-bachao’ (protect the girl child) campaign. Last year they were also nominated Uttarakhand ‘state icon’ for India’s general elections to increase awareness and voter turnout.
The twin sisters are accomplished public speakers and have delivered inspirational talks across India and in several countries abroad such as USA, Brazil, Nepal, Chile and New Zealand. They have also delivered TEDx talk in New Delhi.
NungshiTashi have impressive academic record. Apart from a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, they have 17 credit points for Masters in peacebuilding from, School of International training, Vermont, USA and are currently studying Graduate diploma in Sport and Exercise under first New Zealand India Sports Scholarship, a project of New Zealand’s Prime Minister.
Apart from their interest in Peaceful Conflict Transformation, the twins have strong social activist orientation, especially on gender issues. To continue to promote gender equality in India, the ‘Everest twins’ as they are popularly known, have started ‘NungshiTashi Foundation’.
They plan to continue higher studies in sport and exercise up to doctoral level and pursue career in sports and outdoors. Among their strategic goals is the establishment of world class ‘centre of excellence in mountaineering’ in India.
Currently NungshiTashi are attending the prestigious Global Sports Mentorship Program for emerging women leaders from 12 Sep until 17 Oct.. A joint initiative of US Department of state and center for sport, peace and society at the University of Tennessee, this program pairs emerging female leaders from around the globe with female senior executives at leading U.S. organizations in the sports sector for a month-long mentorship experience. Mentors from the partner organizations include senior executives in the business, education, media, non-profit and sports sectors that are committed to supporting young female leaders.
“The biggest mountains are in our minds.”
When we are not climbing mountains, we love to meet young people, share our dreams and experiences with them, with a hope that we will inspire some of them to follow their dreams. We believe in the infinite potential of the human spirit and love it when we get to interact especially with children. Their fearless dreams and undeterred determination inspires us.
Below is a partial list of talks conducted by us in the past. Please note that the topics for various speaking engagements were tailored to the specific audiences at those events.
“Power of Self Belief” talks we have delivered: