Visit Guide to Darvaza Gas Craters

Located in the Ahal region, the Darwaza gas crater, also known as the “Door to Hell,” is a captivating natural phenomenon. Expect to witness a massive fiery crater that has been burning for decades, creating a mesmerising spectacle. This unique attraction offers a thrilling and otherworldly experience for travellers seeking to explore Turkmenistan’s extraordinary landscapes.

Getting There

Darwaza, the former village close to the crater, is located halfway between Ashgabat and Dashoguz, and fits nicely in an overland itinerary between Iran and Uzbekistan. It’s a three-hour drive from Ashgabat, and a five-hour drive from Dashoguz.

What to Expect

At night, in an empty desert with only the stars for company, red light emanates from the ground in the distance, and a distant rumble presages the crater. Shooting flames and fireballs across its hole, like a volcano, the crater must be viewed at night for full effect. In the morning, wake up to a desert sunrise.


The Darwaza gas crater, also known as the “Door to Hell,” dates back to 1971 when Soviet geologists accidentally stumbled upon a cavern filled with natural gas. To prevent the spread of methane gas, they set it on fire, expecting it to burn out in a few weeks. However, the crater has been burning continuously for over 50 years, turning into a popular tourist destination.

The origins of the gas crater have transformed it into an iconic landmark and a unique natural wonder in Turkmenistan. Its fiery glow and captivating history make it a must-visit site for adventurers and nature enthusiasts.


Accommodation is available in Dashoguz and Ashgabat

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