Darvaza Gas Crater, Darvaza

Peer into the fiery chasm of Darvaza Gas Crater, a dramatic opening in the earth glowing with fire and heat. What began as a natural gas field collapsed during Soviet prospecting in 1971 and was promptly set on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas to neighboring towns. The 70 m (230 ft) wide hole, expected to burn out within weeks, has been alight ever since. Offering otherworldly views and photo opportunities, the remote site is best experienced after nightfall, so consider arranging to camp in the area to see the burning hole in all its glory. Put Darvaza Gas Crater into our Darvaza trip itinerary planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Darvaza.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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  more »
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  • Great place to the "Door to Hell". The Darvaza gas crater  also known as the Door to Hell or Gates of Hell, is a natural gas field collapsed into a cavern located in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Geologists intentionally set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas and it is thought to have been burning continuously since 1971. The gas crater has a total area of 5,350 m2. Its diameter is 69 m (226 ft), and its depth is 30 m (98 ft). Another interesting phenomenon on Earth which is a "must see".
  • Fascinating crater, especially after dark - watching fire can be hypnotising. The heat can be tremendous, though it's temporary, but welcome once the daytime heat has evaporated.
  • Was amazing. Would recommend arriving just on night fall to get the real wow factor as you drive over the sand to the distant glow from the fire pit. Unreal experience.
  • Do not pass up the opportunity to visit this place. Go at dusk or a little before to catch things transitioning. A full moon completes the experience. Also if there's a decent number of visitors talk to them and share a gigantic campfire experience. If you are in Turkmenistan and fail to visit the gas crater you will regret it - don't pass up this experience!
  • Fascinating and unique experience, must stay overnight. I booked a 2-day trip with a local tour operator (from Ashgabat in the south to Kunya Urgench/border in the north), so you have all the comfort included (sleeping place in a yurt, toilets, shower, dinner and breakfast, plus the drive).

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