From the Jungfraujoch (Normal route) Mönchsjochhütte 3650 m
- 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!)
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.
- Departure point
Jungfraujoch, summit station (3453 m)
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.
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.