India’s Everest twins Tashi and Nungshi Malik, who chose to climb mountains and break records, become the first South Asians to accept the world’s toughest expedition challenge, slated to be held in Fiji later this year. Internationally acclaimed adventurer Bear Grylls will host the programme ‘Eco Challenge Fiji’ besides Lisa Henessy, Eric Van Wagenen and Mark Burnett, reports said. Reportedly, the event is touted as the Olympics of adventure and the twin sisters have been selected to participate among teams from 30 countries, according to an official release.
This is the first time any adventurer or team from South Asia has made entry into this event that will host over 60 teams from 30 countries. The participants will challenge each other in epic competitions and will be captured in a 10-episode series that will be streamed through an online platform.
- The Malik sisters are the first siblings and twins to climb the Seven Summits.
- They reached the North and South Poles and complete the Adventurers Grand Slam and Three Poles Challenge.
- They set Guinness World records by becoming the first ever twin sisters to ever reach the Mount Everest in 2013.
- The sisters are also facing financial crunch, and the training and equipment, travel, others in Fiji will cost over Rs 40 lakh.
On asking why the sisters are taking part in the competition, Tashi claimed, “We are competing particularly to reassert that girls can do anything.”
Bear Grylls had described the twin sisters as his heroes in his blog. The expedition named ‘Eco Challenge Fiji’
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Born to retired Indian Army officer Col Virendra Singh Malik in Haryana, the twins had talked about being the only girls in an all-men crew while trekking and hearing things like “Oh you can’t bear that much weight.” Or “You are a girl, you can’t trek such a long distance.” After their triumphant climbs they said now all the parents recognise them and call them as “their own daughters” and “feel excited” to meet them.
“Well, the mountains don’t see you as a man or a woman. They see you as a human being,” the two sisters expressed.
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