Google Maps’ Streetview technology now includes mountains such as Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Russia and Everest Base Camp.
The imagery, now available on phones and PCs, includes panoramas from some of the highest, most remote places on Earth, including the 18,192-foot-high (5,545 meters) Mount Everest base camp.
The Google teams captured Everest base camp
Google did not get to Everest's peak, which is at an altitude of 29,035 feet, or 8,850 meters, but the maps now include 360-degree views of four of the seven summits, which are the highest peaks on all seven continents.
“Most of us have a bucket list of the places we want to visit in our lifetime. Google Maps
has a bucket list too, and today we’re checking off a couple of our favourites so we can make our map more comprehensive and share it with you,” wrote Dan Fredinburg on the Google blog.
Users can virtually climb dormant volcano Mount Kilimanjaro, Russia’s Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, and visit the Plaza Argentina base camp at Aconcagua in the Andes.
Google’s team used a lightweight camera and tripod with a fish-eye lens and in 2011, the spent 12 days, walking more than 70 miles to reach Everest base camp. They faced earthquakes, flash floods and mudslides, Google’s Sara Pelosi wrote on Google's lat-long blog. The company has also posted a small gallery of pictures online.
Previous Google explorations have focused on adding the topography of the ocean floor to Google Earth and street-view looks for the Amazon rainforest on Maps.