37-year-old Brazilian Aretha Duarte managed to reach the highest place in the world! Now she is the 1st Latin American black woman to reach the top of Everest.
She celebrated her victory on Instagram by saying, "I never thought it would be impossible." Aretha achieved her life's dream last Sunday, 23, exactly at 10:24 (Nepalese time), 01:39 (Brasília time).
And it was not easy. The resident of Campinas, in the interior of São Paulo, collected and sold recyclable material to raise money for the trip, as SóNotíciaBoa showed last year. And for the past year, Aretha has fought a daily battle of physical exercises to gain endurance and climb Everest.
“No dream is greater than our ability to realize it. This achievement is ours, of Aretha and each one of you, who believed and trusted this unparalleled woman and in her journey of self-transformation and socioenvironmental regeneration ”, wrote Aretha Duarte.
She told Só Notícias Boa that she decided to make the trip after a photo of Everest that she saw in December 2019 and was amazed: “I want to be in this place. I can be in that place ”, she determined at the time.
Graduated in Physical Education, specializing in Physiology, Biochemistry, Nutrition and Sports Training, Aretha has been engaged in mountaineering and outdoor activities since 2004.
But the thrill of reaching the top of Everest was the greatest of all, she said:
“Surreal is this mountain and how much supernatural strength was needed for me to arrive and return the top with health and safety. But I am still “digesting” this unique and rare experience that I had. So, for now I will record here my gratitude for all the encouragement, support, prayers and good vibes emanating me. Know all this was essential for our project to scale Everest to be carried out successfully ”, she thanked.
And Aretha concluded by saying: "it was the biggest physical, emotional and spiritual challenge of my life".