SHILLONG, April 11 - Some of the most exotic and longest caves of the country located in Meghalaya would soon get the famed Malik sisters Tashi and Nungshi as brand ambassadors.
The Malik sisters are the only twins in the world to have conquered the seven tallest peaks in all the seven continents. The twins recently met Brian Daly, renowned speleologist and secretary, Meghalaya Adventurers� Association (MAA) here.
During their meeting, the Malik sisters accepted an offer to be the brand ambassadors for the caves in Meghalaya. �We would be more than happy to be the face of caves in Meghalaya and help their preservation and promote eco-friendly tourism to these caves,� the twins told The Assam Tribune.
They added that with �age on their side� they would be able to motivate a lot of youngsters to take up caving and also be able to create awareness on these fragile ecosystems for their preservation.
So far, 1,350 caves have been identified in Meghalaya, mostly in the limestone-rich Jaintia Hills district. 850 of these caves have been explored totally or partially.
Some of the longest caves in the sub-continent are located in Meghlaya. These include the third longest cave in the subcontinent, Krem Diengjem, 21,359 metre-long and India�s second longest cave, Krem Kotsati-Umlawan.
As part of their effort, the sisters have promised that they would get students from UK for an expedition to the caves in Meghalaya sometime this year. They plan to conduct this expedition through the Tashi and Nungshi Foundation.
�Initially we would try to get 20-odd students through our connections in countries such as UK, New Zealand for a seven week expedition. The expedition would be conducted by our Foundation in collaboration with British Exploring Society,� Tashi said.
Apart from agreeing to become brand ambassadors for the caves, Tashi and Nungshi are all set to give adventure sports a push in Meghalaya. They said, adventure sports like para-gliding, rock climbing have great potential in the State.
The Malik sisters from Dehradun have scaled 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 the world�s first twin sisters to summit Everest on May 19, 2013.