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Google has added some of the most famous mountains in the world — including Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua — to what you can “peek” on Google Street View so you can explore perilous peaks without being in danger.
“Most of us have a bucket list of the places we want to visit in our lifetime,” Googeler Dan Fredinburg wrote in a blog post. “If you’re like me, the list is pretty long—to be honest, I’d be lucky to get to all of mine. Google Maps has a bucket list, too, and today we’re checking off a couple of our favorites so we can make our map more comprehensive and share it with you. And if tall mountains are your thing, you’re in luck.”
Google has been making Google Street View (which is inside Google Maps) more comprehensive for a long while. While Street View has faced concerns about privacy, it does enable anyone on their computer to get a look at parts of the world they might not ever see. Being able to virtually stroll down the streets of Paris or Sydney can still be mesmerizing. Now, people will be able to see some of the biggest mountains.
Here’s the full list of peaks announced today: Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Elbrus (Europe), and Everest Base Camp (Asia).
“These mountains belong to the group of peaks known as the Seven Summits — the highest mountain on each of the seven continents,” Fredinburg wrote. “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.”
Google employed folks to take 360-degree photos using a tripod and a digital camera with a fish-eye lens to capture the stunning images.
Check out Everest Base Camp below.