Google’s beloved yet often controversial Street View cameras have reached new heights – quite literally. Leaving the camera-equipped cars at home, Google’s expedition team bundled up and hit some of the world’s most impressive mountain ranges with a lightweight tripod and digital camera with a fisheye lens attached to capture some stunning imagery.
The team visited multiple locations like Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a dormant volcano known locally as the Roof of Arica. This is the highest freestanding mountain in the world located just three degrees south of the equator.
Other key locations include Russia’s Mount Elbrus where huts have been constructed using Soviet-era fuel barrels used by climbers during bad weather. Google also visited Argentina’s mighty Aconcagua which claims the title of the highest peak in the Western and Southern Hemispheres. It’s also the highest point for which Street View imagery is available.
From here, the search giant invites you to tackle Mount Everest from the comfort and warmth of your own home. You’ll see the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains during the virtual ascent as well as the Khumbu glacier.
If you’re interested in learning the back story of how these images came about, Google expedition team member Sara Pelosi gives a behind-the-scenes look at everything in a related blog post. Pelosi said the team was honored to share the amazing imagery with everyone and show what life is like from its highest peaks.