Visit Everest, Virtually

by JAKE NORTON

January 2021
Visit Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks and valleys virtually with this interactive, 5.5 gigabyte panorama by Jake Norton.

Have you ever wanted to visit Mount Everest? Well, here's your chance to, virtually. If it's indeed true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a gigapixel, interactive panorama worth?

Gigapixel panorama of Mount Everest from Camp 1 on neighboring Pumori, Nepal. From left to right, visible peaks are Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, the West Shoulder, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Tawoche, and Cholatse, among many others. The Khumbu Icefall sits in the center, and when zoomed in climbers are clearly visible in the upper sections.
Gigapixel panorama of Mount Everest from Camp 1 on neighboring Pumori, Nepal. From left to right, visible peaks are Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, the West Shoulder, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Tawoche, and Cholatse, among many others. The Khumbu Icefall sits in the center, and when zoomed in climbers are clearly visible in the upper sections.

Since we've all been cooped up quite a bit the past year, I figured I'd share a little project I've been working on.

Below is a massive panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Basecamp, and a lot of other peaks and places and points-of-interest. I shot this image in April 2012 from Camp 1 on Pumori during our 2012 attempt on the West Ridge of Everest. The final panorama consists of 213 individual images to create a 5.59 gigabyte final image that has some incredible detail.

I spent the last day or so adding specific and relevant points-of-interest to the panorama, with links on most of them to additional photos and views, relevant information and history, etc.

It's been a fun project to create, and I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you do in the comments below, and if the response is good, I'll create more similar gigapixel panoramas to share in the future.

Take a tour around Mount Everest below. Use your mouse or finger to navigate, zoom in to see more detail, or go full screen using the controls at the bottom. Click any "i" icon for more information about the peak, place, or feature.

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9 comments on “Visit Everest, Virtually”

    1. Thanks, Evan - glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, I can't share the full image for download, but may make it available for a desktop background for subscribers. Thanks!

  1. Brilliant! Thanks for putting that together. Good to see Mera Peak which I summitted in 2012. When you next look at this, any chance of moving the info "i"s above the position to which they relate? They obscure many of the peaks/positions. But it's still very much appreciated!

    1. Thanks, Christopher, and congrats on the Mera summit! I haven't climbed it yet, but hope to someday. I will see about changing the locations of the info icons as I design the new skin: thanks for the suggestion!

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