As the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest holds a special place in travellers’ hearts. Its icy slopes and the regions below are known only to a few brave and adventurous souls who choose to scale the mountain. But for the rest of us, all we have are videos and pictures. Until now.
Google, the search giant that is in the process of mapping almost every corner of the world, recently released a video and a gorgeous interactive feature that lets you navigate the areas of the Khumbu valley, home to the sherpa community, at the base of Mount Everest.
You can visit local schools and museums, listen to monks chanting in temples and yak bells ringing through the air, and discover the tiny towns of the area – Namche Bazaar, Lukla, Thame, Phortse and Khumjung. Each town has a few spots pinned, telling you about the location and allowing you street views.
To start your journey, watch the gorgeous video below that captures life in this stunning landscape. Then click here to transport yourself to the mountains. You can easily spend an hour navigating the interactive feature.