The arduous work of building the stairway, was seen by the venerable monk as a form of meditation in itself. The creation of each level, a further personal step towards nirvana beyond.
There are in fact only six wooden stages. For the seventh level is the very top of the outcrop... up a rocky scramble, which like Buddhism itself, one must complete alone.
The stairs are not that hard to climb, and are kept in fairly good order. However, during the rainy season some sections may become a bit slippery.