Covering the 400 steep metres separating the hut and the top of the Mönch takes approximately three-hours.
The Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) warns that although the ordinary route up the southeast ridge is often taken and not considered difficult, it is not to be underestimated.
Sigismund Porges first climbed it in 1857 with guides Christian Almer and two Kaufmanns from Grindelwald. Four years earlier, it was the source of controversy during a failed attempt by a party led by a Russian princess.
From the summit, the swissinfo team will make a four-hour descent to the primitive shelter provided by the Bergli Hut (3,299 m). Built in 1883 by the SAC, the hut is located at the top of badly crevassed slopes.