Verne: The Himalayas from Google

For years, Google Maps has been adding 3D imagery from all over the world – New York City, the Grand CanyonMont Blanc, and more. A few Google employees started wondering if this 3D imagery could make learning about the world a bit more fun for kids. They started playing with quick prototypes, and even brainstormed with their own kids to get inspired by their sense of curiosity.

Their idea became a new, experimental app called Verne: The Himalayas. It invites you to explore the Himalayas as a 500 foot Yeti named Verne. You can run up Mt. Everest, chase yaks, discover bits of information, ride a jetpack, play Himalayan instruments, and more.

They're excited to share it today as a fun way for anyone to take a summer trip to the tallest mountain range in the world. Get the app for your Android device from the Play Store, or learn more here.

by our friends at Google