As the Agency for International Cooperation of the Chelyabinsk Region reported on its website, the staircase consists of 409 steps. It made the ascent from the banks of the Ai River, where many alloys pass, to the top of hundred-meter cliffs safe and easy.
“If earlier tourists climbed a sheer cliff, clinging to ropes, at the risk to health and life, now they comfortably climb the stairs. By the way, it does not spoil the landscape and is completely invisible against the background of the Ural canyon. Now not only rafters can go upstairs, but those who came by car to admire the views of the “lunar” river or visit the Griffin extreme park can go down to the shore,” the report says.
The agency noted that rafting on the Ai River is a favorite way for many South Ural residents to spend their summer weekends, since there are many natural attractions there. These are the Kurgazakskaya cave, and Dry waterfalls, and the Great Aisky prites, and the Sikiyaz-Tamaksky cave complex, and much more.
“According to the most rough estimates, more than 170,000 tourists float down the river every year, so the water artery experiences a colossal anthropogenic load. The regional project "Conservation of biological diversity and development of ecological tourism" is called upon to reduce it, the agency said.