The Viso Mozzo is a 3,019 metres high mountain on the Italian side of the Cottian Alps.

Viso Mozzo
Viso Mozzo
Highest point
Elevation3,019 m (9,905 ft)[1]
Prominence369 m (1,211 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Isolation1.04 km (0.65 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
ListingAlpine mountains above 3000 m
Coordinates44°40′40″N 7°07′23″E / 44.6779°N 7.1230°E / 44.6779; 7.1230Coordinates: 44°40′40″N 7°07′23″E / 44.6779°N 7.1230°E / 44.6779; 7.1230
Viso Mozzo is located in Alps
Viso Mozzo
Viso Mozzo
Location in the Alps
LocationPiemonte, Italy
Parent rangeCottian Alps
Easiest routeHike


End-of-March view from refuge Quintino Sella.

In Italian viso means face, but in this context refers to the Monviso, which is very close to the Viso Mozzo, and mozzo means cut off. Thus the whole name should mean Cut-off Monviso; an old local name of the mountain is Viso-Mout.[2]


Viso Mozzo is located in the upper Valle Po and stands east-north-est of Monviso, from which is divided by the colle dei Viso (Viso Pass).[3] Its western side, facing Monviso, is a long and almost uniform rock-field, while the other faces of the mountain are more irregular.

SOIUSA classificationEdit

According to SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain can be classified in the following way:[4]

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = South Western Alps
  • section = Cottian Alps
  • subsection = Southern Cottian Alps
  • supergroup = Gruppo del Monviso i.s.a.
  • group = Gruppo del Monviso p.d.
  • subgroup = Nodo del Monte Viso
  • code = I/A-4.I-C.8.a

Access to the summitEdit

The normal route to the Viso Mozzo runs across the west face of the mountain and does not requires .[3] Starting from Pian del Re (known as the river Po source, 2,020 metres), one can follow the nr.V13 foothpath leading to the alpine hut Quintino Sella.[5] At colle dei Viso, leaving the main foothpath and turning left, following some cairns, in roughly one hour is possible to reach the mountain top, marked by a metallic summit cross and offering an interesting view both on the Monviso massif and on the Po plain.[3]

Mountain hutsEdit

  • Rifugio Quintino Sella al Monviso (2,640 m).


  1. ^ Istituto Geografico Centrale, Carta dei sentieri 1:50.000 scale nr. 6, Monviso
  2. ^ Gastaldi, Bartolomeo (1865). "Sulla riescavazione dei bacini lacustri". Memorie della Società Italiana di Scienze naturali (in Italian). G. Bernardoni. p. 17. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  3. ^ a b c Giulio Berutto, Monviso e le sue valli - Vol. 2, Istituto Geografico Centrale, Torino, 1991
  4. ^ Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. p. 85. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8.
  5. ^ Provincia di Cuneo, Guida dei sentieri alpini della Provincia di Cuneo - vol. 1 - valli Po, Varaita, Maira