Quartet of Summits Tour on the Pizol
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The Pizol area is known for its breathtaking views over the Graubünden and Glarus mountains and the St. Gallen Rhine Valley to Lake Constance. Nowhere else can you enjoy the view as undisturbed as on the highest peaks of the skiing and hiking area. At the summit quartet we climb the Garmil, the Gamidauerspitz, the Hochwart and the Pizol. As the highest peak at 2,844 m above sea level. M. and namesake for the area, the Pizol summit is the highlight of the tour. Along the way, however, you will also be enchanted by crystal-blue mountain lakes, seemingly otherworldly scree landscapes, romantic Alps and, with a bit of luck, even chamois, ibexes or eagles.
The route can be walked as a whole in one piece, each stage individually, or combined as desired.
The route to the Pizol summit is an alpine route and marked in blue and white. Sure-footedness and a head for heights are required.
Herd protection dogs are expected to be in use on Alp Gaffara during the first two weeks of August. The dogs are kept on a leash in the morning and only let back to the sheep in the evening. Thus, there is no risk for hikers through the day. If someone stays near the alp early in the morning, late in the evening or at night, caution is advised (e.B. when bivouacing).
We start the tour at the Pizolhütte. From the station we turn right uphill onto the hiking trail in the direction of Wildseeluggen. After a relatively flat entrance, past the Twärchamm climbing garden, we soon reach the zigzag ascent. Arriving on the Wildseeluggen, we have a breathtaking view of the Wildsee and our first two stage destinations - the Pizol summit behind the remains of the glacier of the same name and the Hochwart on its right. Here we branch off to the left along the Wildsee on the less hiked hiking trail. Continue over the moraines of the former glacier in the direction of Pizolsattel. The ascent to this was moved from the Pizol glacier into the rock for safety reasons. In exposed places, steel cables are attached as a handrail. Once on the saddle, we continue on the right over the ridge until we reach the Pizol summit from behind. The first goal has been achieved.
To get to the Hochwart, we walk the part along the same route almost back to the Wildsee. Shortly before the lake, a path branches off to the left in the direction of Weisstannen, which we follow and soon arrive on the Lavtinasattel after a short and rocky ascent. Now follow the last meters of altitude along the path on the right side, until we arrive after about 10-15min on the Hochwart.
Continue on the third stage towards Gamidauerspitz, the next part of the tour. We walk the same way, via Lavtinasattel and past the Wildsee, back to the Wildseeluggen. Here we turn left and circle the Wildsee on the other side. Now we are on the path of the famous 5-lakes hike. We follow this down to the Schottensee, over the next longer ascent, past the Schwarzsee and to the small high plateau with the Steinmannli. On the descent to the Steinmannli we reach a signpost on the Baseggla. The 5-lake hike turns right here towards Lake Bashalva. But we take the path straight ahead towards Gamidauerspitz, which we already see in front of us.
From Gamidauerspitz we continue towards the valley. After a descent we hike via Bastanggla to the last peak, the Garmil. At the signpost Basürla we follow the path towards "Fürggli via Garmil". Arriving on the Garmil, we do not continue in the direction of Fürggli, but take the same path back to the Basürla junction. There we follow the signpost towards Gaffia Station, which we reach after just under an hour.
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