Climb Mt. Everest on Google Street View

12 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Brings Street View To Mount Everest Region.

Google has launched a virtual tour of Nepal’s Everest region, allowing armchair tourists a rare glimpse of life in one of the toughest and most inaccessible places on Earth. Most of us will never travel to the Khumbu region of Nepal, which is home to Mount Everest, but thanks to Google’s Street View, you can now get a better idea of what this part of the world looks like (and some Far Cry 4 players will find it looks quite familiar to them). The Street View project takes viewers into the heart of the Sagarmatha national park, home to the world’s highest mountain, where icy blue rivers run below snow-capped peaks, monks play traditional music and yak-herders navigate precipitous stone-strewn trails. Armed with two single-lens tripod cameras and a 15-lens custom-built “Trekker” unit designed for backpacks, teams travelled on foot to capture more than 45,000 panoramic images of the remote villages inhabited by the ethnic Sherpa community in the eastern Himalayas. Sherpa wrote “last year, I guided the Google Maps team through my home region to collect Street View imagery that improves the map of our community.” Last year, The Wall Street Journal visited Khumjung and nearby villages in the aftermath of an avalanche on Everest that killed 16 climbers—the deadliest calamity in the mountain’s history.

Hopefully we can then raise funds to build more schools and hospitals for them.” Nepal’s Sherpa community, who have long laboured as guides and porters on mountaineering expeditions, hope the project will promote the region and raise funds to improve access to education, offering future generations a way out of the high-risk climbing industry. Google held a digital mapping session in the Himalayan town of Namche, where around 50 locals chipped in with suggestions of places to add to the online map. “These online maps are a good source of information for visitors and if more tourists come here, it will create more opportunities, better opportunities than working on the mountain,” he told Agence France-Presse. “My dream is that one day, young kids in Nepal won’t have to risk working on the mountain as porters or guides, they will be able to get an education and build better lives for themselves,” Sherpa told AFP. Among the project’s supporters was Kancha Sherpa, now in his 80s, who worked as a porter on the landmark 1953 Everest expedition, which saw Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the peak.

Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has captured some of the world’s most far-flung and scenic destinations, including the Amazon forest, Antarctica and Canada’s Arctic tundra.

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