List of glaciers in Switzerland

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This is a non-exhaustive list of the major glaciers in Switzerland. It contains their surface area, their lengths in 1850 and 2002, their height and their outflow.

All glaciers are located within the Alps. Most of them are situated in the Pennine and Bernese Alps. The Jungfrau-Aletsch protected area includes the largest glaciers of the Alps.

There are glaciers in the four major drainage basins of Switzerland. The Rhine and Rhone basins are located on the northern side of the Alps while the Po basin is located on the south side of the Alps. The Danube basin is located on the east side of the Alps. There are no glaciers in the Swiss portion of the Adige basin.

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Name Canton Range Area
(km²)
1850
length
(km)
2010
length
(km)
Highest point in drainage basin Height
(m)
Front height
(m)
Outflow Basin
Aletsch Valais Bernese Alps 117.6 26.5 23.6 Aletschhorn 4,193 1,600 Massa Rhone
Gorner Valais Pennine Alps 63.7 16.0 14.5 Monte Rosa 4,634 2,140 Gornera Rhone
Fiesch Valais Bernese Alps 39.0 17.1 14.7 Finsteraarhorn 4,273 1,700 Wysswasser Rhone
Unteraar Bern Bernese Alps 35.5 14.5 13.9 Finsteraarhorn 4,274 1,960 Aar Rhine
Lower Grindelwald Bern Bernese Alps 27.1 9.9 9.4 Mönch 4107 1,300 Weisse Lütschine Rhine
Corbassière Valais Pennine Alps 23.0 12.9 10.4 Grand Combin 4,314 2,200 Dyure de Corbassière Rhone
Oberaletsch Valais Bernese Alps 23.0 10.4 9.0 Aletschhorn 4193 2,140 Massa Rhone
Rhone Valais Urner Alps 20.9 9.3 7.9 Dammastock 3,630 2,200 Rhone Rhone
Findelen Valais Pennine Alps 20.6 10.4 8.5 Rimpfischhorn 4,199 2,500 Findel Bach Rhone
Gauli Bern Bernese Alps 20.5 9.2 6.8 Bärglistock 3,656 2,150 Urbachwasser Rhine
Morteratsch Graubünden Bernina Range 19.7 8.9 8.4 Piz Bernina 4049 2,040 Ova da Morteratsch Danube
Trift Bern Urner Alps 19.1 7.5 7.0 West of Eggstock 3,500 1,660 Trifwasser Rhine
Zmutt Valais Pennine Alps 18.9 8.6 8.3 Matterhorn 4,478 2,240 Zmuttbach Rhone
Zinal Valais Pennine Alps 18.8 9.2 8.4 Dent Blanche 4,357 2,060 Navisence Rhone
Otemma Valais Pennine Alps 17.51 8.70 8.0 Pigne d'Arolla 3,790 2,480 Drance de Bagne Rhone
Kander Bern Bernese Alps 13.92 9.2 6.75 Blüemlisalp 3,661 2,280 Kander Rhine
Hüfi Uri Glarus Alps 13.64 9.2 6.9 Schärhorn 3,295 1,800 Chärstelenbach Rhine
Arolla Valais Pennine Alps 13.17 4.80 Pigne d'Arolla 3,790 2,160 Borgne d'Arolla Rhone
Mont Miné Valais Pennine Alps 10.97 10.1 7.9 Bouquetins 3,838 1,980 Borgne de Ferpècle Rhone
Lang Valais Bernese Alps 10.09 8.6 7.5 Mittaghorn 3,892 2,080 Lonza Rhone
Brenay Valais Pennine Alps 9.96 5.95 La Ruinette 3,875 2,580 Dyure du Brenay Rhone
Plaine Morte Bern/Valais Bernese Alps 9.9 5.20 Wildstrubel 3,244 2,460 Trüebbach/La Tièche Rhine/Rhone
Allalin Valais Pennine Alps 9.87 7.6 6.0 Rimpfischhorn 4,199 2,600 Saaser Vispa Rhone
Ferpècle Valais Pennine Alps 9.77 9.3 6.0 Dent Blanche 4,357 2,160 Borgne de Ferpècle Rhone
Upper Grindelwald Bern Bernese Alps 9.52 7.4 5.3 North of Schreckhorn 3,750 1,380 Schwarze Lütschine Rhine
Forno Graubünden Bregaglia Alps 8.72 6.15 Cima di Castello 3,379 2,220 Orlegna Po
Saleina Valais Mont Blanc massif 8.57 7.7 6.3 Aiguille d'Argentière 3,901 1,760 Reuse de Saleina Rhone
Roseg Graubünden Bernina Range 8.52 4.90 Piz Roseg 3,937 2,160 Ova da Roseg Danube
Fee Glacier Valais Pennine Alps 7.46 5.0 4.7 Dom 4,545 2,100 Feevispa Rhone
Palü Graubünden Bernina Range 6.47 3.80 Piz Palü 3,901 2,580 Acqua da Palü Po
Trient Valais Mont Blanc massif 6.40 4.90 Aiguille du Tour 3,540 1,880 Trient Rhone
Moming Valais Pennine Alps 6.39 3.60 Weisshorn 4,506 2,500 Navisence Rhone
Gries Valais Lepontine Alps 6.23 5.70 Blinnenhorn 3,374 2,420 Ägene Rhone
Tschierva Graubünden Bernina Range 6.20 4.75 Piz Bernina 4,049 2,260 Ova da Roseg Danube
Tschingel Bern Bernese Alps 6.19 3.65 Tschingelhorn 3,562 2,160 Tschingel-Litschina Rhine
Rosenlaui Bern Bernese Alps 6.14 5.15 Mittelhorn 3,704 2,000 Rosenlauibach Rhine
Damma Uri Urner Alps 5.09 2.35 Dammastock 3,630 2,060 Dammareuss Rhine
Wildstrubel Valais Bernese Alps 4.81 2.65 Wildstrubel 3,244 2,560 Lämmerendalu Rhine
Tsanfleuron Valais/Vaud Bernese Alps 3.81 3.70 Oldenhorn 3,123 2,460 Le Lachon Rhone
Albigna Graubünden Bregaglia Alps 3.53 3.70 Cima di Castello 3,379 2,200 Albigna Po
Silvretta Graubünden Silvretta Alps 3.35 3.30 Silvrettahorn 3,244 2,480 Verstanclabach Rhine
Biferten Glarus Glarus Alps 2.81 4.40 Tödi 3,614 1,960 Bifertenbach Rhine
Basòdino Ticino Lepontine Alps 2.31 1.50 Basòdino 3,272 2,500 Bavona Po
La Cudera Graubünden Silvretta Alps 2.07 2.05 East of Verstanclahorn 3,220 2,680 Lavinuoz Danube

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This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

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