Hosts - Nungshi & Tashi Malik

India’s most renowned international adventurers and multi-Guinness world record holders, Nungshi and Tashi Malik have achieved several global gender iconic milestones. They are the world’s first female twins to scale Everest together, first siblings and twins to complete the ‘Adventurer’s Grand Slam’ (scaling highest peaks in all continents and skiing to North and South Poles). They were also the world’s youngest persons ever and the first South Asians to complete it. They are fellows of the Royal Geographical Society, London. The twins are qualified mountaineering instructors and graduates in sport and exercise from New Zealand.

The sisters won India’s highest adventure award, the prestigious ‘Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2015’. On 23 Oct 2016, they were conferred ‘2016 Leif Erikson Young Explorers Award’ in Iceland given by the President of Iceland.

They founded the NungshiTashi Foundation and India’s first Outdoor Leadership School. They are brand ambassadors for Mountain Hardwear, reputed adventure gear manufacturer in USA.

Presenter - Col V S Malik

Col VS Malik: Virender is a veteran from the elite 2/8 Gorkha Rifles (Field Marshal SAM Manekshaw’s battalion). Alumnus of National Defense Academy, he won the coveted Parachute Regiment medal at Indian Military Academy, given to the toughest cadet in the passing out course. Col Malik topped almost all army courses and graduated from the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He served as an instructor at the Officers Training Academy, Chennai. He has also served on the UN Peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone and commanded 22 Assam Rifles in Manipur before taking early retirement to devote time to his twin daughters ‘Nungshi and Tashi’, whom he mentored to become world champions in mountaineering and exploration. Post retirement, Col Malik has served as capacity building advisor for two years and UN Water Aid security cum admin head for one year in Afghanistan. 

Col Malik has three Masters Degrees including in ecology & environment and holds two PG diplomas, apart from half dozen courses in USA, Austria, Japan, Romania, Malaysia and Thailand. He is a Rotary World Peace Fellow of 2009 batch.

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