Chacaltaya Ski Resort is not Operating due to the Retreat of a 18,000-year-old glacier.
Chacaltaya, the world’s highest ski resort in Bolivia, has been deserted after its 18,000-year-old glacier has melted away.
The Chacaltaya Ski Resort was once the only ski resort in Bolivia, where people of the neighbouring La Paz used to go skiing. The resort was also the home of the highest restaurant in the world and the resort itself was also the highest ski resort in the world. As the glacier melted, the resort was abandoned.
The resort opened in the late 1930s and the season used to last between seven or eight months per year. Visitors came to ski and sledge down the Chacaltaya Glacier until the cold and the altitude made them return to lower elevations.
At 17,519 feet (5,340 m) above sea level, Chacaltaya Ski Resort was not for the heart fainted! The altitude is higher than the North Base Camp of Mount Everest. The restaurant is still recognised as the highest mountain in the world by the Guinness Records.