From the Jungfraujoch | Alpinism | Mönchsjochhütte | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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Disclaimer

Hiking or climbing on routes in alpine terrain requires good physical health, meticulous preparation and technical skills in mountain sports. The routes presented here are undertaken at one’s own risk. If you want to safely practice mountain sports, taking training courses run by experts is highly recommended by the SAC. All the contents of the SAC Route Portal are put together with utmost diligence. However, the Swiss Alpine Club and the authors cannot guarantee that the information provided here is up-do-date, correct and complete. Therefore, the SAC and the authors cannot be held liable for possible errors.

From the Jungfraujoch (Normal route) Mönchsjochhütte 3650 m

  • Difficulty
    F
  • Ascent
    0:45–1:15 h, 200 m

The path to the Mönchsjochhütte can follow two scenarios: Firstly, when the hut is open (March to October), the path from the Jungfraujoch to the Obers Mönchsjoch is prepared as a piste and its boundaries marked with poles. Then it is a simple and safe hike - despite being on a glacier 3500 m above sea level! If the hut is closed, there is no prepared path and access to the hut requires a high level of experience. Correct roping on the glacier and a safe route choice is vital (not too close to the dangerous seracs of the Mönch south face!)

Route description

Station Junhgfraujoch 3453m - Mönchsjochhütte 3657m

From the Jungfraujoch station (3453 m) exit through the Sphinx tunnel. From the tunnel exit, a mechanically groomed and secured ski run normally leads up to the bottom of the hut in summer. Continue along the trail to reach the hut. If the hut is officially closed (unmanned) this may be gone and crevasses will threaten the approach. In this case you must rope up and be certain to chosse a safe line of travel.

Additional information

Departure point

Jungfraujoch, summit station (3453 m)

www.jungfrau.ch

Difficulty

Wenn die Hütte bewartet und der Weg über den Jungfrraufirn präpariert und markiert ist, gilt die Tour zur Hütte als leicht. Ist die Hütte geschlossen und der Weg weder präpariert noch markiert, kann die Tour – vor allem auch bei schlechter Sicht (Nebel, Schneefall) – anspruchsvoll werden.

Waypoints
History

In 1972, the tourist guest house on the Jungfraujoch fell victim to a fire, so there was no overnight accommodation for alpinists. After this, the Jungfrau Railway decided to only run restaurants and shops on the Jungfraujoch. As a result, a cooperative consisting of Grindelwald mountain guides and some other lenders, built a hut at the upper Mönchsjoch at 3657 m between 1978-79. The Mönchsjochhütte is currently the highest maintained mountaineering accommodation in the Swiss Alps.

Author

Marco Bomio

Marco Bomio worked as a teacher in Grindelwald for over 30 years before turning his part-time job as a mountain guide into his main job. In the Grindelwald Section of the SAC he was first the JO boss and later the president. He has headed the Grindelwald Museum for 10 years.

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