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.

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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; 9.38667
Pizol is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
LocationSt. Gallen, Switzerland
Parent rangeGlarus Alps

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, had been located 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][7] A similar ceremony had been held in August when the Okjökull glacier in Iceland disappeared.[8]

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ Law, Tara (23 September 2019). "With 'Deepest Sadness,' Swiss Mourn Passing of Alps Glacier". Time. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  8. ^ Arnaud Siad; Amy Woodyatt (Sep 22, 2019). "Hundreds mourn 'dead' glacier at funeral in Switzerland". CNN. Retrieved Sep 22, 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Pizol at Wikimedia Commons