Nungshi and Tashi are twin sisters who have earned a place for India in the challenging world of adventure sports. Popularly known as the “Everest Twins. 

Nungshi and Tashi are famously known as the “Everest Twins” ; they were barely 21 years old when they earned this title on becoming the first female twins to summit Mt Everest in 2013 . However they have many more global gender iconic milestones to their credit. In a span of just two years they became the worlds first twins ( and only South Asians) to complete the “Explorers Grand Slam”. This involves climbing the highest mountain peaks in each of the seven continents AND reaching the North and South poles- the twins polar expedition was on skies and cross country skiing is known to be one of the most gruelling sporting challenges. They were the first female twins to climb Mt Cook , New Zealand’s highest peak , and also an unexplored 21000 ft high virgin peak in the Indian Himalayas.

In 2019 Nungshi Tashi successfully completed the “Worlds Toughest Race “ in Fiji . They were the only South Asians amongst 66 experienced and hardened competing teams from 30 countries. This race is featured on Amazon Prime and ,with Bear Gryllis as the Host, is a “must watch” for adventure sport lovers.


The twins are fiercely passionate in their quest for equality and equal opportunities for the girl child in Indian society. The underlying theme in all their adventure activities is

Nungshi and Tashi’s underlying theme in all their adventure activities is “Upliftment of The Indian Girl Child” and their motto is “Gender Equality Now: Fight Female Foeticide “ They are brand ambassadors of Uttarakhand state for its ‘Beti- Bachao’ ( save daughter ) campaign. In their burning desire to make India an Outdoor Nation with the focus on empowering girls the twins started the NungshiTashi Foundation in 2015.

Nungshi and Tashi have truly become Global representatives of India in Adventure sports even while pursuing higher studies at various Universities. Their achievements have been recognised by governments and institutes of various countries and they have become popular motivational speakers the world over. Some of the achievements and awards are

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
  • Graduate degree and diploma in Sport and Exercise from SIT New Zealand
    Attended US Dept of State’s “ Global Sports Mentoring Program”for emerging women leaders in sports.
  • “Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award “ . This was awarded to them by the President of India in 2016 and is India’s highest adventure honour.
  • “Leif Erikson Young Explorers Award . Awarded to them by the President of Iceland in 2016.
  • “ Nari Shakti Puraskar” Awarded by the President of India in 2020 . This is India’s highest civilian honour for women recognising services towards the cause of women empowerment.
  • Recipients of the prestigious Edmund Hillary Fellowship for grant of lifetime Global Impact Visa from the Government of New Zealand.

Nungshi and Tashi are accomplished speakers and have delivered hundreds of motivational talks around the world. They have captivated audiences at schools , colleges , prestigious clubs and corporate gatherings. They have spoken at Harvard University , Tata Management Training Centre, Tata Capital , Nomura Bank , DHL, Deloitte , E&Y, Raymond , Axis Bank , GSK vaccines , Mountain Hardwares ( USA) and a number of other corporate gatherings including TED talks at various venues.


NungshiTashi are accomplished speakers having delivered hundreds of talks to schools, colleges, rotary clubs, corporate, alpine clubs and civil society organizations in India, USA, Chile, Brazil, Norway, Iceland, UK and New Zealand. They have also delivered TEDxGateway talk in Mumbai and at TEDx Queenstown, New Zealand. Most recently they delivered the prestigious TED talk at a TED-Ford event in New Delhi on 20 Sep 17 and another at Shanti-Samsara Global Summit in Bangalore. They have also delivered many motivation talks for corporate including Tata Management Training Center, Tata Capital, DHL, Nomura bank, Raymond, Axis bank, Deloitte, E&Y, GSK vaccines and Mountain Hardwear (USA). In January 2019, the twins spoke at the ET Women’s forum.

Nungshi Tashi mesmerised the crowd at the Harvard University, USA on 17th Feb 2019 as they spoke on their journey of the Explorer’s grand slam

Last year, Nungshi Tashi successfully completed the Amazon Prime video sponsored World’s toughest adventure race ‘Eco Challenge Fiji 2019’, becoming the first and only South Asians to be selected among 66 teams from 30 countries and will be the featured stars of the upcoming 10 episode series currently under production by Amazon Prime.

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