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The Pizol (left) from the Pizolhütte
Highest point
Elevation2,844 m (9,331 ft)
Prominence457 m (1,499 ft) [1]
Parent peakTödi
Coordinates46°57′33″N 9°23′12″E / 46.95917°N 9.38667°E / 46.95917; 9.38667Coordinates: 46°57′33″N 9°23′12″E / 46.95917°N 9.38667°E / 46.95917; 9.38667
Pizol is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
LocationSt. Gallen, Switzerland
Parent rangeGlarus Alps

The Pizol is a mountain in the Glarus Alps of northeastern Switzerland, overlooking Wangs in the canton of St. Gallen. At 2,844 metres above sea level,[2] it is the highest summit of the chain separating the valleys of the Seez and the Tamina rivers, and the highest mountain lying entirely within the canton of St. Gallen.

There are five mountain lakes (Pizolseen) on Pizol: Wangsersee at Pizolhütte, Wildsee, Schottensee, Schwarzsee (2368 m) and Baschalvasee (2174 m).[3] A small cirque glacier,[4] the Pizolgletscher, lies above 2,600 metres on the northern side of the mountain.

Pizol Hut lies at 2,227 metres (7,306 ft).[5]

On 22 September 2019, a 'funeral' and mourning ceremony was held for the Pizol glacier which had disappeared due to rising temperatures.[6] A similar ceremony had been held in August when the Okjökull glacier in Iceland disappeared.[7]


  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Heidelpass (2,387 m).
  2. ^ Herbke, Stefan (2007). Ostschweiz: Appenzell - Toggenburg - Glarner Alpen : 50 ausgewählte Skitouren zwischen Säntis, Alviergruppe, Pizol und Tödi. Bergverlag Rother GmbH. p. 76. ISBN 978-3-7633-5918-9.
  3. ^ Kaiser, Toni; Ihle, Jochen; Volken, Marco (1 December 2013). Pilatus: Wandermagazin SCHWEIZ 6_2013. Rothus Verlag. p. 32. ISBN 978-3-906274-00-3.
  4. ^ Oerlemans, Johannes (29 June 2013). Glacier Fluctuations and Climatic Change: Proceedings of the Symposium on Glacier Fluctuations and Climatic Change, held at Amsterdam, 1–5 June 1987. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 85. ISBN 978-94-015-7823-3.
  5. ^ Abend, Bernhard; Schliebitz, Anja (30 September 2013). Schweiz. Baedeker. p. 187. ISBN 978-3-8297-1455-6.
  6. ^ "Pizol glacier: Swiss hold funeral for ice lost to global warming". BBC. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. ^ Arnaud Siad; Amy Woodyatt (Sep 22, 2019). "Hundreds mourn 'dead' glacier at funeral in Switzerland". CNN. Retrieved Sep 22, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pizol at Wikimedia Commons