Climbing Mönch From Grindelwald: A Classic Climb Through Staggering Alpine Scenery.
A great climb for budding mountaineers. Mönch is rated PD (peu difficile), and though not technically taxing, will still challenge beginners because of the level of exposure and varied terrain.
It is possible to climb Mont Mönch in a day. Most people reach the summit within 2 - 3 hours, making this a perfect choice if you’re short on time. Many climbers opt for a leisurely ascent, spread across two days, with an overnight stop at Mönchsjoch Hut.
There is easy access by train to the base of the mountain from many surrounding towns, including Grindelwald and the journey provides plenty of jaw dropping views.
Several sections of the South East ridge provide fourth-class rock scrambling. These are perfect for beginners or as a warm-up for bigger climbs, as most can be conquered in less than 15 minutes.
The topography on Monch provides fantastic variety. On the South East ridge, you will encounter snow, ice, and exposed rock, up to a stunning snow ridge summit.
Ideal warm-up climb for adventurers looking to take on more challenging peaks. Monch is situated in the middle of the big three, with Jungfrau and the menacing Eiger close by. From the top of Monch you have a fantastic view of its Alpine cousins, as well as several other natural wonders, including Great Aletsch Glacier, and dramatic Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Most visitors arrive at Grindelwald via a train from Interlaken. The journey takes around 30 minutes, and the fare costs between 8-12 franks. Interlaken has connections with most major cities in Switzerland. Driving is also a great option, as it gives you the freedom to roam once you arrive.
Grindelwald offers a range of accommodation to appeal to every budget. Chalet accommodation is the most popular option, sleeping between two and 10 people. Prices for a family chalet start at around $120 per night. Expect to pay between $40 a night or a dorm room, to $500 a night …
Grindelwald offers a range of accommodation to appeal to every budget. Chalet accommodation is the most popular option, sleeping between two and 10 people. Prices for a family chalet start at around $120 per night. Expect to pay between $40 a night or a dorm room, to $500 a night for a five star hotel room for two.
The Monch is one of the most accessible and scalable peaks of the 4,000m climbs in Switzerland. Perfect for budding mountaineers or those looking for a less taxing adventure in the Jungfrau region, this Alpine beauty offers a challenging but forgiving ascent. Its view of Eiger and the Jungfrau are unbeatable.
The best time to climb Monch is between April and September, when the weather is likely to be clear. That being said, the terrain is quick to recover from storms, and climbing out of season will guarantee you a peaceful trip. You will need full climbing gear for this ascent, including mountaineering boots, an ice axe and trekking poles. Make sure you pack at least 1 litre of water. If you are concerned about altitude sickness then opt for a two-day climb, with an overnight stop at the Mönchsjoch Hut.