Darvaza is one of the places that should be on the must-visit list of every serious explorer who likes to visit Earth’s most breath-taking sites. Darvaza is a gas crater the burning gates of which have been flaming for upwards of 37 years.
The settlement of Darvaza (Derweze in Turkmen) is located in the Central part of the Kara-Kum desert some 260 km from Ashgabat to the north. On the way to Darvaza lies the Kara-Kum desert, withs its moving sands and its typical sparse vegetation of Saksaul, Acacia and Kandym bushes.
The locals from Darvaza have given the burning crater a name that suits it well – The Door to Hell. And everyone who visits Darvaza agrees with the name and finds it appropriate. When you look inside the burning gas crater, you do feel like this is what the door to hell would look like. Seeing the door to hell with your own eyes, however is an experience like no other. You will have long stayed in awe after experiencing the viciousness of the fire within the gorge of the burning crater. The Door to Hell would be an amazing vacation experience for the adventurous wonderers.
Tour Duration: 8-9 hours
Pick up: hotel pick-up.
Tour start time: 14:00
Pick up at your hotel. Drive to Derveze - the ancient gas recovery field (260 km. to the north from Ashgabat) by asphalt road via Karakum desert. En route visiting of Erbent village where tourists can enjoy seeing the local life in the desert - Turkmen yurts, dromedaries, tamdyr (mud oven) and many others. Arrive at Derveze, explore the old gas craters, first full of water, and second the sulfur - muddy. Leave the road and venture in the desert to see the big fire gas crater. Arrive at site of big fire gas crater. Having dinner (barbecue). Explore the big flaming gas crater at sunset. Drive back to Ashgabat by asphalt road via Karakum desert. Arrive in Ashgabat. Tour ends at your hotel.