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Chacaltaya & Huayna Potosi

by WCC on May 10, 2012

in South America

The Chacaltaya is a mountain in the Bolivian Cordillera Real with two peaks (mountain station of the former ski lift 5395 meters, neighboring Summit 5421 meters above sea level). The Chacaltaya is located between the peaks of Huayna Potosi on one side and the Illimani , on the other side. These two mountains, numerous other peaks, in good weather of Lake Titicaca , about 30 km away and the La Paz and El Alto are visible from its peaks from.

Chacaltaya Huayna Potosi Chacaltaya & Huayna Potosi

Chacaltaya & Huayna Potosi

The mountain is navigable up to an altitude of 5,200 meters, La Paz are organized excursions. At the end of the road there is a hut of the Austrian Alpine Club , but the lack Skigästen now run by the Club Andino Boliviano. The Chacaltaya ski area is considered the highest in the world, however, the glacier had shrunk considerably in recent years and in 2009 completely disappeared, so no skiing takes place. There is a dirt road and the remains of a ski lift. Also, the summit can be climbed easily.

The Huayna Potosi is a prominent, glaciated mountain peaks with an altitude of 6088 m in the Cordillera Real, 25 miles north of the Bolivian government seat La Paz in the South American Andes. The mountain climbers and tourists is a desired goal. In the language of the Aymara, the name means “young mountain” (huayna = young; potosí = mountain).

Chacaltaya Chacaltaya & Huayna Potosi


Huayna Potosi Chacaltaya & Huayna Potosi

Huayna Potosi

The Huayna Potosi is a mountain range of granite, a geological batholith. The entire Cordillera Real between Mururata Illampú and consists of a series of different granite bodies. The Batholithe the Eastern Cordillera have significant tin deposits at the edges. Gold veins are found in different geological provinces. Freshly broken Huayna Potosí, is light gray granite, the weathered surface is orange, Huayna Potosi, granite slabs and breaks in blocks of granite in the Bergell as, for example, at Campo Roca. The Huayna Potosi is on all sides by glaciers, especially drawn to the Amazon page. The glacier tongues reach down to about 5,000 m. The glaciers of Huayna Potosi are economic reasons explored in detail, especially the Zongo glacier. The dramatic loss of glaciers due to global warming, measured over the last decades, is two to three meters in ice thickness per year.

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