5-lake classic


5 crystal clear mountain lakes and spectacular views of the Alps of Eastern Switzerland are the highlights of the mountain walk from the Pizolhütte to Gaffia. The 5-lake walk on the Pizol is one of the real classics among mountain walks.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Pizol mountain hut
End of tour:Gaffia
Access starting point:Cableway and chairlifts from Wangs
Access point of arrival:Chairlifts and cableway to Wangs
Technical requirements:Medium difficulty
Physical fitness:Medium difficulty
Total altitude meters:Climb of approx. 750m and fall of approx. 1100m
Hiking time:4 – 5 hours
Season:July to October
Gastronomy:Pizol mountain hut, Gaffia
Overnight: Mountain Hotel Gaffia, Mountain Hotel Furt, Mountain Hotel Alpina, Mountain Hotel Graue Hörner (Grey Horns)
Various:Crystal clear mountain lakes, panoramic views


Pizolhütte - Wangsersee - Pizolhütte - Wildseeluggen - Schottensee - Schwarzsee - Baseggla - Baschalvasee - Gaffia

The Wangsersee, Wildsee, Schottensee, Schwarzsee and Baschalvasee are all directly on the route. Very different in character, they are all surrounded by the spectacular mountain scenery of the Pizol.

The 5-lakes walk actually begins in Wangs near Bad Ragaz. From there you go up in the cable-car to Furt and then on two chairlifts up to the Pizol mountain hut. The Wangsersee marks the start of the hike. After the first climb up through bizarre rock formations, you glimpse the Wildsee, surrounded by rubble and boulders. Next on the list is the deep blue Schottensee, with a magnificent panoramic view behind it, extending from the Glarner Alps to the Churfirsten range. Next you pass the dark Schwarzsee. A last climb leads up to the rather mysterious geo-park. Soon you come to the green Baschalvasee, and then a last descent leads down to the Gaffia Alp.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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