#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The concept of arranging a tourist and recreational zone on the slopes of mount Schmidt was presented at the Norilsk Development Agency (NDA).
Mount Schmidt is the place from which the Norilsk history began. On its slopes there are the remains of the first buildings and structures, coal mines, a narrow-gauge railway, trolleys that transported coal, and other objects that historians, guides and stalkers have long shown interest in.
The surviving adit, which is decorated with ice crystals, deserves special attention. Shmidtiha (as locals call the mountain) offers a magnificent view of the entire Norilsk valley and the majestic Haraelah mountains – the Putorana plateau spurs. From here it’s great to hunt for the northern lights. Soon this place will become a new unique tourist attraction.
It is planned to build a durable and comfortable metal staircase on Schmidtiha with three observation decks at different heights – 240, 350 and 425 meters.
The staircase has every chance of becoming one of the landmarks not only of Norilsk, but of the whole country. Its length is going to be 5.6 kilometers. Now the longest one is the tourist staircase in Krasnoyarsk on the Torgashinsky ridge. Its length is 1.2 kilometers.
“Today we are presenting a realy unique project – the construction of the longest tourist staircase in Russia. This is an expensive project that will be implemented in stages”, said Anastasia Korol, the NDA deputy director for tourism development. Construction will start in the spring, as soon as the snow melts. We hope that next year, the anniversary year for Norilsk, citizens and our guests will be able to walk along the first section of the 1.02-kilometer tourist staircase and admire the scenery from the first observation deck at the 240 meters’ height”.
The first stage of the project is a paleontological route. It is dedicated to the territory formation history and will be interesting to both adults and children. Walking through it will not be difficult.
The second stage is a route dedicated to the Norilsk formation history, 1.49 kilometers long. It is also suitable for people of all fitness levels. This route will go to the Norilsk Golgotha memorial and will show the sad and heroic pages of the Norilsk history.
The third stage is a sports and educational route 2.55 kilometers long, which involves a steeper climb and will be within the power of physically prepared people. It is planned to equip two viewing platforms at once on this site.
Historical objects on the mount Schmidt slope will become attraction points and will be delicately integrated into the route. It is planned to place reference information next to each object, and it will be possible to interact with some of them: climb, touch, take pictures. At the mountain top, a platform for paragliders can be equipped, and at the foot they want to place a waiting area with background information, several pavilions and parking.
Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photos: Denis Kozhevnikov, Vitas Beneta, Nikolay Shchipko and Norilsk Development Agency