I took the public ferry across the Nile for 1 pound to the Tomb of the Nobles, then negotiated a camel ride to the monastery. The camel ride was close to 25 minutes. You can walk to the monastery but it would be a long walk. I think folks that walk depart from the Aga Khan area, there are also camels for hire there too.
The monastery is very interesting and well worth the cost and time to visit. You need about an hour and a half to take it all in. The tomb guard will guide you through the complex, and one is needed, unless you have a guide book that points out all of the sights.
I saw rooms where they slept, studies, the mill stones, where they made wine, did laundry, baked bread, and prayed. I suggest making a stop here, it is worth your time and was a fun place to explore.
Take water with you, as there is no place to buy any. Also, I don't recall seeing a bathroom. I didn't need one, so one may be on the premises.
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