This commercial from Google Maps and Lonelyleap is beautifully filmed, showcasing the mountains of Khumbu, Nepal and the Sherpa people who live there. The Khumbu region of Nepal is at the base of Mt. Everest, known as Sagarmāthā or Chomolungma locally, our planet’s highest mountain. Google Maps’ exploration of five Sherpa communities, Trek the Mountains of Khumbu, Nepal, documents a taste of what it’s like to visit, including the sounds:

“Take a self-guided tour through the Everest region. On your journey, listen for the clanging of yak bells and the chanting of monks. Visit a school or museum, or relax with a cup of tea at a local lodge. Meet the man who builds roads and the man who’s climbed Mt. Everest the most. Explore the hidden valleys that have been sacred to Buddhists for centuries. And don’t forget to enjoy the view.”

There’s also a small hydro power plant, the Hilary Suspension Bridge, Juniper Lodge, and a video showing what it’s like to land at Lukla Airport.

Additional videos are nestled within the maps, including the stories of education advocate and world record climber Apa Sherpa:


…and Kancha Sherpa, the last living survivor of the 1953 Mt Everest expedition, led by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary:

Read about the Himalaya, and visit the Khumbu, Nepal Trek for more.

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