Google has taken its Google Maps team to some awesome places to capture some amazing street view imagery. Recent expeditions that come to mind include treks to the Arctic, the Grand Canyon, and under the sea. But this just might be the coolest Street View imagery yet.
Starting today, you can check out some incredible Street View images from the tops of some of the tallest mountains in the world.
"Now you can explore some of the most famous mountains on Earth, including Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus (Europe) and Everest Base Camp (Asia) on Google Maps. These mountains belong to the group of peaks known as the Seven Summits—the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. While there’s nothing quite like standing on the mountain, 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," says Google.
Seen below is the Aconcagua summit, the highest mountain in South America and the highest point viewable in Street View (22,800 ft):
This awesome imagery is the work of years of climbing, starting in 2011 with a trip to Everest base camp.
"This imagery was collected with a simple lightweight tripod and digital camera with a fisheye lens—equipment typically used for our Business Photos program," says Google's "lead adventurer" Dan Fredinburg.
"In every one of these trips you are going up against the elements," he told The L.A. Times. "In the Everest expedition, a plane crashed similar to the one that we were on to get in, and after that, there was three days of mudslides, snowstorms and then there was the earthquake, which was a 6.9 magnitude earthquake which was absolutely terrifying for everyone who was on the expedition as well as the locals."
You can start exploring the World's Highest Peaks gallery here.