Nungshi and Tashi have achieved several global gender iconic milestones. In 2013, barely 21 years old, they became world’s first female twins to scale Mt Everest. What’s more, 'with in just 2 years from that feat they scaled highest peaks in all continents and skied to North and South Poles becoming world’s first siblings and twins, as well as first and only South Asians to complete the ‘Adventurers Grand Slam’. At that time they were also world’s youngest persons to achieve it. They have as many Asian and National records to their credit. They are also world’s first female twins to climb Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest peak and a virgin peak at 21000 ft in Indian Himalayas. Popularly known as ‘Everest twins’, Nungshi and Tashi dedicated their adventure mission to Indian girl child with the motto ‘Gender Equality Now: Fight Female Feticide’.
They use their climbing as metaphor for the ‘invisible’ mountains of gender discrimination, exclusion and denial of basic rights that millions of girls in India have to climb daily. They are brand ambassadors of Uttarakhand state for its ‘beti-bachao (save daughter)’ campaign.
To make India an Outdoor nation and empower girls through adventure livelihoods, the twin sisters started NungshiTashi Foundation in 2015. Through their foundation, they plan to produce future women ‘Olympic’ medalists in sport climbing which has been included as an Olympic sport in Tokyo Olympics 2020. They were also nominated Uttarakhand’s ‘state icon’ for India’s general elections to increase awareness and voter turnout. Most recently, they have been made Brand Ambassadors for Adventure Tourism by Uttarakhand state.
The twins have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a PG Certificate in peacebuilding from School of International Training, Vermont, USA. Taking off from their graduate diploma in New Zealand in sport and exercise which they completed in 2016 under NZ Prime Minister’s scholarship, the twin sisters recently completed graduation from same institute with eye on a career in outdoors. NungshiTashi are India’s most well-known adventurers across the world.
In September 2015, they attended the US government’s Global Sports Mentorship Program for ‘emerging women leaders in sports’. Verve magazine featured the twins among India’s top 50 power women. A UK based charity on girl empowerment ‘girl guiding’ selected them among the top ten most inspiring women under 25 years of age alongside Malala Yusufzai and actress Emma Watson. In September 2016 they were interviewed live on BBC Impact program and have been featured in leading newspapers around the world including The Sunday Times, UK on 16 April 2017 and most recently in Men’s journal.
They are also the winners of India’s highest adventure award, the prestigious ‘Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2015’ which was conferred by the President of India on 29 Aug 2016. This is the first time in India’s sporting history that pair of twins have both earned any of the highest sporting awards together. On 23 Oct 2016, the twins were conferred ‘2016 Leif Erikson Young Explorers Award’ in Iceland given by the President of Iceland. They were invited to Dubai Travelers Festival in Dec 2016 and the Finse1222 Explorers Festival in Norway in Feb 2017. The twins are recipients of the prestigious Edmund Hillary Fellowship for grant of lifetime Global Impact Visa by New Zealand Government.
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.