The World’s Highest Peaks: Scaling heights via Google maps

Have you ever wanted to climb to the top of the tallest mountain peaks in the world but are afraid of heights? You aren’t quite fit enough or things such as avalanches, rock slides and altitude sickness worry you?

You now have the opportunity to get some idea about the sights that the intrepid travellers see via Now Google Maps. It has added some amazing imagery taken whilst scaling the highest mountains on various continents, from the Everest Base Camp (Asia), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) Mt. Aconcagua (South America) and Mt. Elbrus (Europe). Also included are Namche Bazaar (the gateway to the high Himalayas) and Mudslide Bridge, the long bridge across a chasm along the trekking route from Lukla to Namche Bazaar, that has been destroyed many times

It is all part of World’s Highest Peaks, the latest special collection of Google Maps. As with all Google views you can zoom in, up/down and 360 degree swivel (Every location you see from the treks is made up of 12 photos (three in each direction, strung together). It also offers a small map to place it geographically.

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Above is an example of one in the collection.

At 19,341 ft, Uhuru is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. Called the Roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and highest freestanding mountain in the world.

I like it that the images have not only captured the magnificent natural scenery, but you can also see man-made structures along the way. The collection has pictures that show base camps and even cliff-side monasteries.

I will be sending the link to the geography department and add to our store of good resources for our students.

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