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Tashi and Nancy Malik

FIRST TWINS EVER TO CLIMB EVEREST

Tashi and Nancy Malik from Dehra Dun achieved the feat by successfully reaching the world’s highest mountain peak at 8,848 meters.

Islamabad : Two 21-year-old Indian sisters have scripted history by becoming the first twins ever to conquer the summit of Mount Everest together.

Tashi and Nancy Malik from Dehra Dun achieved this feat by successfully reaching the world’s highest mountain peak at 8,848 meters, an official at Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture said.

Tashi and Nancy Malik

The duo were among other record-makers including the first women from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan who climbed the Everest yesterday.

During a so-called “fair weather” window yesterday, 146 people reached the summit of the world’s highest peak with 94 more completing the journey today.

This brings to 348 the total number of climbers who have ascended the mountain since May 10, said Tilak Pandey of the Mountain Division at the Ministry.

Last year, more than 250 climbers reached the summit in a 48-hour stretch of good weather despite warnings of potentially deadly bottlenecks in the “death zone” above 8,000 metres.

Meanwhile, elated at his daughters having scripted history, their father Col (retd) Virendra Singh Mallick said he always wanted them to go off the beaten track and do something different in life.

He said he was proud that his daughters’ passion for mountaineering had finally led them to conquer the world’s highest peak.

The twin sisters did basic and advance courses in mountaineering in 2010 from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

Meanwhile, Mexican David Liaño Gonzalez became the first climber to double summit on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, in the same season, the climb’s organizers said.

Liaño Gonzalez reached the top of the world via both the north and south sides of Everest, Asian Trekking said.

The 33-year-old Liaño Gonzalez reached the summit of Everest Sunday via the Tibetan north side after climbing to the mountain’s top May 11 from the south side in Nepal.

Mount Everest is 8,848 meters (just over 29,000 feet) tall and located in the Himalayas between China and Nepal.  “Congratulations !!! Great news,” Asian Trekking said in a statement posted on its web site.

Liaño Gonzalez was accompanied by high altitude Sherpa Samden Bhote when he summited Everest from the Nepalese side and climbed with Mingma Sherpa on Sunday, Asian Trekking representatives told Efe.

The climber is a businessman and adventurer who was born in Mexico City, Asian Trekking representatives said.  On May 29, the climbing world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first climb to the summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

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