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).
Street View is probably the wrong name for Google’s latest effort here. It’s more like “Trail” View. Google partnered with Apa Sherpa, who holds the record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest more than anybody else (21 times!). Together with his Apa Sherpa Foundation and the Nepalese nonprofit Story Cycle, Google mapped and photographed the region on a 10-day expedition. In the process, Google created these new Street View images and improved its maps in the region.
The closest to Mount Everest you will get on this virtual trek is Gorak Shep, but the team also gathered some indoor imagery from the Everest Summiteer Lodge, which was built by Apa Sherpa in 1996. Other interesting sights include a number of other lodges, monasteries, schools and, as Google points out, the occasional yak. Thankfully, you can wander along the virtual trails without worrying about getting attacked by eagles.