Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Gas Crater
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PJ74AI
Amsterdam, The Netherlands170 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Everyone talks about this place as one of the most relevant place when you visit Turkmenistan....

When you leave the capital and the road itself disappears, that is when you can say that you are in the desert. Your own rally will just begin. Dunes, camels, towns and service stations in the middle of nowhere... a desolate and beautiful landscape.
On the way to the main crater the guide will stop you at a water crater, where you can see the gas bubbles, and a smaller fire crater.

When you arrive at the main crater, don't expect to find a hole full of fire. The dimensions of the crater are impressive, the heat and the smell are remarkable when you get out of the car. As you look up you will see groups of lit bonfires.

At night the image seen on social media is definitely retouched. You see an orange line in the darkness of the desert, however look up and you will see a clean sky full of stars.
Written 16 June 2024
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Reslysten54
Vienna, VA2,463 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The origin of the crater is in dispute, but it is believed that a drillng hole for gas collapsed. Soviet engineers in the 1980s decided to light the flames to get rid of the noxious fumes. But the fire keeps burning... and it has become a tourist attraction.

But the 160 miles ride from Ashgabat on horrificly bad roads does not make a visit worthwhile. The yurt camp nearby is fine, with clean, comfortable yurts, alhough toilets and showers are separate. An overnight stay there is recommended before you continue on more bad roads.
Written 15 May 2024
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renatam0tta
Sao Paulo, SP39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It's a bumpy ride to there but such a cool experience to spend the night on yurts next to the crater. TOTALLY RECOMEND IT!!
Written 30 April 2024
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Helmut S
Bangkok, Thailand1,966 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
According to reviews the drive from Ashgabat takes only 3 hours, persons I asked told me it takes 5-6 hours for the 270 km because the road were very bad. Actually it took us 4.5 hours including a short view of a water crater and a less fierce fire crater on the way to the main crater which we reached about 1 hour before sunset. At that time we were the only people around. We walked around the crater during daylight and also inspected the nearby yurts which are available for visitors who stay overnight. We spent another hour at the crater after sunset when the crater is glowing bright. Even then there were not many people, probably the persons who stay overnight view the crater much later at night.

Thereafter we drove 4.5 hours back to Ashgabat, the driver had to be very careful as several camels crossed the road. As I have experienced much worse roads in other countries the road trip was not that bad for me. I am happy to have visited the gate of hell, it definitely was worthwhile.
Written 27 October 2023
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_dianelen
Wakefield, Canada142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It was so amazing, the best experience of this trip bar none. It makes wonderful photos and videos and the yurt camp by Darvaza ensured we could go back at night time and once more before leaving the next morning.
Written 1 July 2023
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travel s
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The crater, which is 69 metres wide and 30 metres deep, is located in a natural gas field in Ahal Province in Turkmenistan, which has the sixth largest reserves in the world. Our tour was totally 6 days in Turkmenistan. Booked 6 days tour with Pegas Advneture agency, Everything organized very well. Company gave us relaible price, and helped to organize tour Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Highly recommend
Written 24 March 2021
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Van Pimpenstein
Ripley, OH14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Turkmenistan is like no other country I've ever visited. And Darvaza is like no other tourist attraction. We were in Ashgabat prepping to play a Van Pimpenstein concert for a US Embassy function when my band mates and I heard about the infamous gas crater. We decided it was a must see.
The drive there is kinda long, and there's not much to see along the way, but it was totally worth it in my humble opinion. The sunset in the desert was beautiful. The crater itself is enormous and makes for some incredible photo opportunities. Me and our bass player Richard Texas put on an impromptu performance for another tourist group that was visiting the site.
Be careful round the edges and enjoy your visit!
-Van Pimpenstein
Written 11 March 2020
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mimiwoodbridge
Santa Fe, NM113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
In my amazing month’s journey through Central Asia, high on the list of spectacular events wan the night in a yurt camp below the extraordinary Darvaza Gas Crater. In the middle of nowhere over miles of sandy tracks (calling them roads would be a vast exaggeration) we arrived at one of the world’s wonders. When darkness fell the sky was alite with the glow of burning natural gas. A short walk from the camp led to the crater. Again in the morning, before dawn I returned to see the sunrise. It was truly, a once in a lifetime experience
Written 30 December 2019
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myle tan
Romblon Island, Philippines272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I would recommend owadan tourism for this trip. the guides were hospitable, the place is awesome for pictures near sunset when it's dark. that's when the fire glows up at night
Written 26 December 2019
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Massimo G
Rocca di Papa, Italy38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
One of the best place I seen during my trips. It was very beautiful during the day, astonishing while at night. I reccomand to sleep right there (ca 100m) inside the Yurt Camp. The guys there were great!
Written 1 December 2019
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