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You can now explore Mount Everest without ever leaving the comfort of your couch.

Google Maps announced in a blog post Thursday that the company had partnered with Apa Sherpa, a Nepalese climber who has summited Everest a record 21 times, and the nonprofit Story Cycle to take viewers on a virtual tour of the mountain.

While Google doesn’t go to the peak, viewers can explore monasteries, schools, a “yak parking lot” and local landmarks and even meet members of the communities around the base of the mountain.

In the blog post, Ava Sherpa talks about bring Google Maps to his native Khumbu region: “My hope is that when people see this imagery online, they’ll have a deeper understanding of the region and the Sherpa people that live there.”

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