After taking us on an adventure underwater, Google Maps is now taking us on a virtual tour of some of the tallest places on Earth. In a latest move aimed at making Maps even more comprehensive, Google has added the world’s tallest mountain to its list of interesting explorable landmarks. Included are the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, namely Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe), and Everest Base Camp (Asia).
More likely than not, most of us will never get to travel to any of these peaks, let alone all of them. The virtual tour on Google Maps allows us to experience some part of the adventure, and gives an idea of what it’s like to be standing on top of the world. As Google says,
While there’s nothing quite like standing on the mountain, with Google Maps you can instantly transport yourself to the top of these peaks and enjoy the sights without all of the avalanches, rock slides, crevasses, and dangers from altitude and weather that mountaineers face.
The virtual tour allows you to spot sights like huts made from Soviet-era fuel barrels on Russia’s Mount Elbrus; a base camp set up amongst the exposed rock on Argentina’s Aconcagua, America’s highest peak in both northern and southern hemispheres; and finally the Everest Base Camp or the breathtaking Khumbu glacier near Mount Everest.
If you’re curious about how Google’s managed to capture these images, check out the short slideshow included in Google’s announcement post.