Google Maps Conquers Kilimanjaro, Everest, Other Peaks

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-03-22
 
 
 

The Western Summit of Mount Elbrus

Located in the Caucasus Mountains, the snowy summit of Mount Elbrus towers over Europe and Russia at more than 18,500 feet.

The Western Summit of Mount Elbrus

Kala Patthar Comes Into View

While on the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, people can stand face-to-face with Mount Everest, the "Goddess Mother of the Earth," from the more easily reached high point of the 18,192-foot Kala Pattar. Trekkers climb this peak before dawn to catch a glimpse of Everest at sunrise.

Kala Patthar Comes Into View

Google Is Absolutely Everywhere

The photographers' adventures began with the trek to Everest Base Camp, where they spent 12 days in the mountains battling altitude sickness, an earthquake, mudslides, snowstorms and flash floods to reach their destination and capture this imagery.

Google Is Absolutely Everywhere

Tengboche Monastery Shows Its Splendor

Located in Sagarmatha National Park, the Tengboche Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Trekkers and those on expeditions visit the monastery to seek blessings for a safe journey.

Tengboche Monastery Shows Its Splendor

Google Is on Top of the World

A few Googlers decided to capture imagery of some of the world's tallest peaks and make these photos available in Google Maps for all to see.

Google Is on Top of the World

Lava Tower of Kilimanjaro

Lava Tower is a large rock formation along the Lemosho and Machame routes. From the top of Lava Tower, you can see spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Lava Tower of Kilimanjaro

Mudslide Bridge Awaits Your Crossing

This long bridge spans a chasm along the trekking route from Lukla to Namche Bazaar in Nepal. Mudslide Bridge has been destroyed by the elements multiple times, most recently in September 2011.

Mudslide Bridge Awaits Your Crossing

South Base Camp on Everest Comes Into View

Most expeditions to the highest point on Earth are staged at Everest Base Camp (EBC). The route to EBC is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year.

South Base Camp on Everest Comes Into View

High on a Hill, Google Brings You the World

On each expedition, Google photographers carried camera equipment and captured a collection of panoramas at key camps and other interesting stops along the way, including a Buddhist monastery on the Everest trek and Soviet barrel huts on Mount Elbrus.

High on a Hill, Google Brings You the World

Diesel Huts Keep You Alive

Those on expeditions to the summit of Mount Elbrus can take shelter in Diesel Huts from the often hostile weather.

Diesel Huts Keep You Alive

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