Google Maps Checks Everest, Other Mountains Off its ‘Bucket List’

Google Maps, the go-to app for finding directions around the globe, is taking its users to a few places most people will never go: on top of the world's tallest mountains. Today, the company released street view-style photos of its hiking team's climb up Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Everest Base Camp in Asia.

Google Maps, the go-to app for finding directions around the globe, is taking its users to a few places most people will never go: on top of the world’s tallest mountains.

Today, the company released street view-style photos of its hiking team’s climb up Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Everest Base Camp in Asia.

Google’s hikers took the photos using a digital camera with a fisheye lens that was perched on a lightweight tripod.

The photos are the next installment in a series of maps that offer 360-degree views of natural wonders like the Grand Canyon.

On the company’s blog, Google’s Dan Fredinburg said that each of these mountains had been on the “bucket list” for Google Maps.

Fredinberg also explained the appeal of the maps for non-mountain climbers: “While there’s nothing quite like standing on the mountain,” he wrote, “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.”