The mountains of Nepal, Tibet and China have long been a favourite with tourists on trekking holidays. But a South African is expecting his trip there to be anything but a vacation.
Self-confessed adrenaline junkie George Joseph expects temperatures as low as -25 degrees until he reaches about 18,000ft (5,550 metres) as he prepares to climb just beyond the base camp of Mount Everest.
Joseph will fly to Nepal on November 7 to raise money for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
He will trek between two and four hours per day and expects to reach his goal 12 days later.
Everest is a magnet for holidaymakers on climbing specialist tours and it holds a special fascination for Joseph, who works as a Helping Hands carer - providing support for patients with dementia.
Joseph told the Stratford Observer: "I thrive off adrenaline and I've always wanted to do mad things in my life. When I reach old age I want to be able to show my kids what I did when I was younger."
The daredevil says a five-day trek across Namibia's Fish River Canyon and his army experience will help him during the challenge.
Joseph, 37, moved to Stratford in 2001 where a chance meeting with a British Army officer ended with him signing up to serve his adopted country for two years.
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