What’s the hardest thing about school? For students in a small village in China, it may be just getting there. Their village, Atule’er (ah-TOO-leer), sits on a cliff in an area that has no roads. So kids must climb 2,600 feet down a steel ladder to get to a school in the valley below.

The students attend classes for two weeks at a time. Then they head back up the cliff to return home. The climb can take about two hours.

The trip used to be even more difficult. Kids had to go up and down unsteady ladders made of bamboo. But in 2016, the Chinese government replaced the old ladders with stronger steel ones. Now there are even handrails!