As much as it hard to walk up I would do it all over again. The walk up is as beautiful as the monastery itself. Prayer flags are everywhere (as well as tourists, even if we didn't bump into any Americans) but still it is worth it. The weather was perfect in mid October and the sky was beautiful and blue the entire 8 days we were in Bhutan. I recommend to anyone that you go now since you can feel the change coming. It is extraordinary to have been able to see this country that still keeps so many of its ancient traditions very much alive.