Looking to explore the Himalayas from the comfort of a Hudson Valley coffee shop?

New features on Google Maps' Street View are now making that possible.

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Street View, known for providing ground-level views of streets around the world, now offers panoramic views of some of the world's highest peaks, thanks to a few ambitious trekkers employed by the search engine giant.

Views include Mount Everest; Casa de Piedra in Aconcagua, Argentina; and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The explorers spent 12 days "battling altitude sickness, an earthquake . . . and flash floods" and used fish-eye cameras to get their images of Everest, according to a posting on the Google site.

Street View also provides image collections of the Antarctic and the Swiss Alps as well as major ski resorts and undersea scenes from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.