Map of the hike and elevation profile
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.