Schweiz Berner Oberland Mönch 4099m Südwestgrat: (3-4 Std. kombiniert und Fels bis III)
SWITZERLAND BERNESE OBERLAND MÖNCH 4099 M SOUTHWEST RIDGE: (3-4 HOURS COMBINED AND CLIFF, UP TO III)
Among the Bernese big three, the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the Mönch is a very worthwhile destination, and not only for extreme climbers. Alongside the often rather busy normal route, the southwest ridge is my tour tip for all those who like things a little quieter, but still don’t want to miss out on this dream mountain. The difficulties come with the combined terrain of up to around 50° with wonderful cliff climbing passages up to the upper third degree.
Take the train to Jungfraujoch 3454 m.
From Jungfraujoch, head towards Stollen and follow the signs for the Mönchsjoch hut for a short distance (approx. 200 m). Climb left (north) over bergschrund that is usually easy. You will reach the ridge on the left (west) of a striking rock tower. Pass this on the right and follow the easiest path up the ridge through snow and easy rock to the ‘big ledge’ of the key point in the cliff. This ledge offers superb third degree climbing (approx. one rope length). Then follow the course of the ridge until it turns upwards, climbing over a band of rubble heading up and left towards the top part of the Nollen (NW bulwark). Now continue to follow the SW ridge (watch out for snow cornices!!) to the summit. (3-4 hours from Jungfraujoch)
Normal route (eastern ridge) approx. 2 hours.
This is only intended as a tip for climbers with appropriate experience and ability! The weather and conditions change very quickly in the mountains and may represent a risk. Please plan your tours responsibly! No liability is accepted with regard to tour information etc.