"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit, Darvaza

Peer into the fiery chasm of "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit, 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 "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit into our Darvaza trip itinerary planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Darvaza.
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  • To think that it was started to try and cope with escaping methane and has been burning for well over 30 years is quite amazing. Go at night and see it at its best - the heat it gives out keeps you ve...  more »
  • Darvaza Gas Crater, or "Gates of Hell" is an old mine of gas was burned down for the gas intoxicasse animals and not populated neighbors. Get there by itself is a great adventure, Ashgabat takes around 4 hours drive. It is recommended to go with local guides, because the place is difficult to access. But the visual reward!! We had to visit the crater and had a typical lunch prepared in the desert. After the sunset, when the crater was even more impressive. Is a unique place in the world!
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  • spent a night here camping, one of the many highlights of a Central Asian tour. It is literally breath taking the amount of energy being released and burned. Bring some vodka and drink it sat around t...  more »

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