Google has recently released Google Treks. The new Treks feature allows the panoramic view that people have enjoyed in Google Maps Street View for sites that are more challenging to reach, such as the Grand Canyon or Everest. Google already has a great repository of locations and is in the process of adding more. This is a great resource of educators to explore virtual field trips, mapping, geography, ecology, marine science, and more!
I know that I will never climb Mount Everest or Mount Kilimanjaro for several reasons. First, I don’t really like to spend time outside. Second, the hefty price tag (Everest climbs average $55,000). Now, google has made it possible for me and a classroom of students to explore these amazing sites from the comfort of home. Using Google Maps on your computer or smartphone, you can explore base camp and peaks of Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus and Aconcagua. This is an exciting addition to the Google Maps respository.