Two 21-year-old Indian sisters have made history, becoming the first twins ever to conquer Mount Everest.
Tashi and Nancy Malik from Dehra Dun brought off the feat by successfully reaching the world’s highest peak at 8,848 metres, an official of Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture said. The duo was among the other record-makers, including the first women from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan who climbed the mountain on Sunday.
During a so-called “fair weather” window on Sunday, 146 people reached the summit, with 94 more completing the journey on Monday. This brings to 348 the total number of climbers who have ascended the mountain since May 10, says 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 deadly bottlenecks in the “death zone” above 8,000 metres. — PTI