Overview

Hike from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte

Jungfraujoch (3454m) – Mönchsjochhütte (3657m) – Jungfraujoch(3454m)

Here you will find all information about the hike from Jungfraujoch to Mönchsjochhütte. This hike lasts 1:50h and takes you 200 meters uphill or 200 meters downhill. The Mönchsjochhütte is the highest alpine hut in the Swiss Alps and is located in the middle of the UNSECO Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site. The hike is the perfect addition to your visit to the Jungfraujoch.

Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier, seen from the Jungfraujoch
Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier, seen from the Jungfraujoch

Map of the hike and elevation profile

Take a look at this free interactive map of the hike from Jungfraujoch to Mönchsjochhütte. Find out more about the altitude by dragging and moving the cursor in the field under the map. If you want to view a more detailed map or download a GPX file of this hike to your smartphone, click on the blue icons in the previous section above 👆.

Our experiences while hiking from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte

We have attached this hike to an excursion to the Jungfraujoch. We were totally fascinated by the view of the Aletsch Glacier and the view of the Valais and Bernese Alps. The march on the snowfield, on the other hand, was quite strenuous. For this, we were rewarded with a delicious meal in the Mönchsjochhütte.

Solène looks out over the Jungfrau-Aletsch glacier from the Jungfraujoch plateau
Solène looks out over the Jungfrau-Aletsch glacier from the Jungfraujoch plateau

This hike begins on the Jungfraujoch at the end of the Sphinx tunnel

We started this hike at the exit of the Sphinx tunnel on the Jungfraujoch. We orientated ourselves on the signs inside the Jungfraujoch station. In autumn this exit may be closed. If this is the case, you can follow the sign to the “Plateau” and start the hike from there. Please inform yourself beforehand. You may find more information about this on this page and further down in the article.

Solène hiking from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte
Solène hiking from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte

Across the snow towards Mönchsjochhütte

We put on our hiking boots because we were walking over a snowfield. We saw a lot of people walking over it with sneakers on. Based on our experience, we advise you not to do this. Good footwear with an excellent profile is a prerequisite for this tour. The path was well prepared. But snow is slippery, so don’t wear sneakers. Wooden poles mark the way. Important: do not leave this path under any circumstances! You are on a glacier and outside the marking there are crevasses. Please be careful and follow the rules.

Hiking path over a snowfield from Jungfraujoch to Mönchsjochhütte. On the left one can see the Mönchsjochhütte.
Can you spot the Mönchsjochhütte?

Good physical fitness for the hike from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte

We had a lot of fun on the hike, but it was also exhausting. At first, we underestimated that we would be hiking on a snowfield for 1:50 hours. That took a lot of strength. The air at 3,500 meters above sea level is also a lot thinner. The hike to the Mönchsjochhütte, therefore, requires a good level of fitness. We were also glad that we had our water bottles with us. Before the hike, we smeared ourselves with 50-factor sunscreen. Sunglasses and a hat are mandatory on this hike.

Solène stands in front of the Mönchsjochhütte and looks out over the Bernese Alps
Solène stands in front of the Mönchsjochhütte and looks out over the Bernese Alps

Arrival at the Mönchsjochhütte – a construction on 3650 meters above the sea

After about 30 minutes of hiking, we saw the Mönchsjochhütte. It is the highest manned hut in the Swiss Alps. Professional alpinists start their climbing from here. Getting closer to the hut we saw some steep slopes leading up to a steel terrasse – and uphill we went! We entered the hut and changed into slippers – a common rule in Swiss huts. The all-wooden hut is nicely upheld and makes an inviting impression. Especially being in the warmth and enjoying the views of the chilly outdoors made us feel comfortable within seconds.

Solène and Matthias in front of the Mönchsjochhütte enjoying the view of the Aletsch Glacier
Solène and Matthias in front of the Mönchsjochhütte enjoying the view of the Aletsch Glacier

The Mönchsjochhütte offers traditional Swiss food

However, we only had one thing in mind: food. The Mönchsjochhütte’s cuisine offers rather hearty, traditional Swiss dishes. After a long queue, Solène ordered Älplermagronen while I treated myself to a cheese platter. We felt like we were in heaven! The dishes were hearty and perfect after the cold on the outside. Yummy!

Hike&Dine: Eating in the Mönchsjochhütte

Solène’s Dine recommendation

I have to admit: after 45 minutes of sliding on the snowfield, I was pretty exhausted! So I was all the happier about the Älplermagronen, which I ordered from the Mönchsjochhütte. Not only were they extremely delicious, but they also gave me enough strength for the way back to the Jungfraujoch.

Solène Stucker, Co-Founder of Hike&Dine

And back: From the Mönchsjochhütte to the Jungfraujoch

After the meal, I was very tired. But we didn’t have time to rest for a long, because we had to go back to the Jungfraujoch. With a steel blue sky, we hiked on the snow for 50 minutes in the direction of the Jungfraujoch station. After a snowball fight and a photo session, we reached the train that took us back to Kleine Scheidegg and Wengen. What a wonderful day.

Solène and Matthias take a selfie on the Jungfraujoch
Solène and Matthias take a selfie on the Jungfraujoch

Conclusion: Hiking from Jungfraujoch to Mönchsjochhütte is a once in a lifetime hike

We were totally fascinated by the view over the glacier and the mountains. The view over the Aletsch Glacier and the Swiss Alps is unique from here. Walking over a snowfield for 2 hours was not as easy as we expected but the Swiss food at the Mönchsjochhütte was the best reward ever. We can highly recommend this hike when you visit Jungfraujoch. On a side note: Solène wants to go back to eat more of the delicious Älplermagrone.

Preview the hike from Jungfraujoch to Mönchsjochhütte in pictures and video

Check out the pins below to experience the hike from Jungfraujoch to Mönchsjochhütte in pictures and video. We created this so you can get an idea of how it is on Jungfraujoch, preview the hike from Jungfraujoch to Mönchjochhütte, and see what’s “on the menu” at Mönchsjochhütte. We hope this is useful for planning your trip.

Practical information

Practical information for this hike

The journey happens via public transport from Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald.

You can find tickets at the train stations in Switzerland or on the Internet.

We recommend you to do this hike only in good weather.

This page offers the most important information about the Mönchsjochhütte. Have a good look at it before you travel.

Please pay attention to the safety instructions on the Jungfraujoch. Inform yourself if you can do the hike at all. You can get information here or here and of course on the spot.

The Mönchsjochhütte is open from March 12 to October 17, 2021. According to information on the Jungfraujoch Bahnen site, the trail can be closed at any time due to snowstorms, etc. Phone number Mönchsjochhütte: +41 33 971 34 72.

You can find the Mönchsjochhütte on Google Maps here.
Plus Code to type into Google Maps: H234+V7 Fieschertal.

The Mönchsjochhütte also offers shared rooms. We did not spend a night there. They have 120 beds in total and are part of the Swiss Alpine Club. Make a booking here. Contact +41 33 971 34 72 or [email protected] to inquire.

Hike at your own responsibility. Hike&Dine declines any liability.

Hike&Dine tip

What to do on Jungfraujoch

In addition to the fantastic view of the Alps, the Jungfraujoch offers a lot more. Be it the alpine sensations, the Ice palace, or the Snow Fun Park – there are many things you can do. Your culinary well-being is also taken care of. The side of the Jungfraujoch Bahnen offers a good overview of all activities. Have fun!

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