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Dehradun twins first to scale seven tallest peaks

Daughters of Col Virendra Singh Malik, the sisters have dedicated their mission to the cause of Indian girl child with motto ‘Gender Equality Now —Fight against Female Foeticide’.

The girls from Dehradun took nearly 10 days to scale the last mission in extreme cold with temperatures touching -40 degree Celsius.

“It is the proudest moment for me and the nation. The twins reached the summit of Vinson on 17 December, after a tough eight hours of climb from their highest camp to the summit. They were aided by sudden break in weather that turned friendly soon after they commenced their final push for the final summit,” said elated Col Malik.

The Malik sisters had begun their joint expedition in 2012. The 23-year-old twins from Dehradun have successfully reached the top of Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt Everest (Asia), Mt Elbrus (Europe), Mt Aconcagua (South America), Mt Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania), Mt McKinley (North America) and finally Mt Vinson Massif (Antarctica).

They also hold the record for being the world’s first twin sisters to summit mountain Everest on
May 19, 2013.

On 19 December, both twin sisters will embark on Last Degree Ski to South Pole covering a distance of 120 km from 89 degree parallel. They will carry 70 kg load including gear, rations and tents on sleds braving strong chilly winds and temperature dipping to below 130 degrees.     

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