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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  • It took five hours from the border. The gates of hell. It has been burning since 1971. The firepower seems to have weakened somewhat.
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  • Man made wonder. Back in 1971 whilst geologists were working here the ground sank, sheppards noticed their animals were dying and realised that the methane gas was killing them. It was decided to burn...  more »
  • This is a 3-4 hour ride from Ashgabat and you need a 4x4 to access. Crater is super impressive at sunset. I was there for a day trip in August 2019 and there are opportunities now for an overnight sta...  more »
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