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This man will become only the second Briton ever to complete the 5-month trek across the Great Himalaya Trail

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Yorkshireman Ian Whittaker is to set off on the 1,700km Full Nepal Traverse of the Great Himalaya Trail this month. 

This journey along 'trekking's holy grail' will take the 59-year-old up to 6,190m above sealevel, and past eight peaks of more than 8,000m. 

The longest and highest alpine walking track in the world, the trek was launched in 2011 by World Expeditions and costs £21,000 all-inclusive. 

Whittaker, from Leeds, has already travelled extensively in the Himalayas. He has completed the Annapurna Circuit on a mountain bike, done the Rolwaling trek, ridden from Lhasa to Kathmandu and reached the K2 basecamp in Pakistan. 

"I just love being in the mountains," he says. "The physical challenges, their natural beauty and the company of like-minded folk."

Whittaker will set off on February 26th, and is due to complete the trek on July 27th. 

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