Nepal is home to 8 mountains that are more than 8,000m tall. We might as well say Nepal is a mountainous country because there are so many mountains in the Northern part of our country. But, being a Nepali, how many of them can you name (besides the famous ones)?
Well, if the answer was “few”, then you need to download this new app called “Show Me Mountains” now.
This app was launched today amidst Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) at Russian Culture Centre, Kamalpokhari by one of the greatest mountaineers — Mr. Tendi Sherpa. This app is available for Android and iOS at free of cost.
As the name suggests, Show Me Mountains will show you the mountains around you. All you have to do is open the app, enable GPS and point your camera to whichever direction you want. The app will then display all the mountains facing your camera with their altitudes and the distances from you. You can also click on the mountains for detail facts.
The best thing about this app is you don’t need the Internet (Wifi or Mobile Data) to use it. However, this app uses GPS. So, make sure your Google Location Service is enabled.
The not-so-good news (at least for now) is you can only see mountains and hills that are visible from Kathmandu Valley. It will, of course, show famous peaks (that are above 8000 m tall) if you live outside Kathmandu. According to the developers, 160 peaks are in their database as for now and will be updated every two weeks.
Overall, this is a great concept. We can now appreciate the mountains and hills that make our country beautiful. Hope the developers will continuously update this app with more mountains as promised! Finally, if you haven’t already installed the app, please try it out. And share your experience in the comments section below.
P.S. Some Android devices might experience some problems with the app, but be patient. I contacted the developers about the issues and they are looking into it.