Juan Diego Martinez Alvarez has reached new heights. At the age of 19, Alvarez became the youngest Mexican in Guinness World Record history to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain above sea level in the world.
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“Absolutely nothing is impossible when you believe in yourself,” Alvarez wrote on social media. “I would like to thank all the people who were supporting us with their prayers, messages, good vibes, etc. Special thanks to my parents for accompanying me to the base camp, my family for always being so attentive, my friends, Inés my girlfriend and thank God for giving me the opportunity.”
Alvarez, who is from Jalisco, Mexico, reached the top of Mount Everest on May 15, 2022. When he got there, he broke another record by playing a song on a keyboard that he carried with him. According to Alvarez, the record he now holds is for the highest altitude piano/keyboard performance.
Along with his keyboard and all his climbing gear, Alvarez also brought the Mexican flag to hold up proudly when he reached the top of Mount Everest.
Twenty-seven hours after his record-breaking trek, Alvarez broke another record by becoming the youngest Mexican in history to climb Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.
On social media, Alvarez thanked his fellow climbers, including professional mountaineer Nirmal Purja, for joining him on the adventure. “It was a pleasure to be taking on these massive mountains,” he wrote. “You and the boys gave so much confidence in the scariest situations. This time climbing in the death zone was something else.”