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Google Maps explore world’s tallest mountains

Mar 20 (): Google Maps on Monday added views from some of the world’s tallest mountains on its online map service. Now, Google Maps give the view of four of the world’s tallest (and most dangerous) peaks, including the Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas (17,598 feet), Aconcagua in Argentina (22,841 feet), Mount Elbrus in Russia (18,510 feet) and even a volcano, the dormant Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,341 feet).

The complete collection is available via the Street View Gallery, and can be downloaded in Google Maps on the iPhone and Android devices.

Google said in a blog post, “Most of us have a bucket list of the places we want to visit in our lifetime and today we are adding a couple of our favourites so we can make our map more comprehensive and share it with you.”

Users can land into various camps and viewing locations along the mountains to explore 360-degree panoramas and trace the paths of some mountains’ trails with just a few clicks.

‘Googlers’ took the pictures with tripod-mounted digital camera equipped with a fisheye lens to capture 360-degree views.

The team spent 12 days getting to Everest alone, where not even mudslides or an earthquake could prevent them from capturing the journey for Google Maps.

The official Google blog says that the path to Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year.

Street View also delivers image collections of the Antarctic and the Swiss Alps as well as major ski resorts and undersea scenes from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The Googlers say that they hoped the project could provide access to some of the most remote parts of the world.

Dan Fredinburg, a Google team member who photographed all four peaks said the goal as a team is to make sure they had the opportunity to provide users with maps that are more accurate and usable. Various adventurers and people who want to explore from the comfort of their homes have the opportunity to explore and see these different corners of the world.

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