Piz Cengalo

Piz Cengalo [tʃ´ɛŋɡalɔ] (3,369 m) is a mountain in the Bregaglia range of the Alps on the border between the Swiss canton of Graubünden and Italy. The first ascent of the mountain was by D. W. Freshfield and C. Comyns Tucker with guide F. Dévouassoud on 25 July 1866.[3] The name 'Cengalo' derives from Tschingel, meaning girdle.

Piz Cengalo
Pizzo Cengalo.jpg
Piz Cengalo (left) and Piz Badile (right) from the north side
Highest point
Elevation3,369 m (11,053 ft)
Prominence620 m (2,030 ft)[1]
Parent peakMonte Disgrazia
Isolation5.8 km (3.6 mi)[2]
ListingMountains of Switzerland,
Alpine mountains above 3000 m
Coordinates46°17′41.1″N 9°36′07.4″E / 46.294750°N 9.602056°E / 46.294750; 9.602056Coordinates: 46°17′41.1″N 9°36′07.4″E / 46.294750°N 9.602056°E / 46.294750; 9.602056
Piz Cengalo is located in Alps
Piz Cengalo
Piz Cengalo
Location in the Alps
LocationLombardy, Italy
Graubünden, Switzerland
Parent rangeBregaglia Range
Mountain typeGranite
First ascent25 July 1866 D. W. Freshfield and C. Comyns Tucker with guide F. Dévouassoud
Easiest routeWest Ridge (PD)

On 28 December 2011 c. 1.5 million cubic metres of rock broke away from the summit area, causing a massive landslide on the Swiss side of the mountain that could be heard in Soglio and Bondo.[4][5] As subsequent massive rockfalls are expected in the same area, some hiking and climbing routes have been closed. On 23 August 2017 another landslide occurred on the mountain, estimated about three times bigger than the one in 2011.[6]


  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Passo di Zocca (2,749 m).
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is west of the Cima di Castello.
  3. ^ Collomb, Robin G., Bregaglia West, Goring: West Col Productions, 1984
  4. ^ "Fast unbemerkt: Riesen-Bergsturz im Bergell", tagesschau.sf.tv, 3 January 2012. Accessed 9 May 2012
  5. ^ "Enormous landslide goes by unreported", worldradio.ch, 4 January 2012. Accessed 9 May 2012
  6. ^ "Bondo bleibt Sperrgebiet". www.suedostschweiz.ch (in German). Retrieved 2017-08-25.

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