Turkmenistan is a land of contrasts, and anyone wishing to feel the pulse of this cryptic land will want to embrace it in all its extremes. Compare glitzy Ashgabat to the forlorn sand-and-stone ruins of Kunya-Urgench, which in its heyday was also a capital city that filled travelers with awe and admiration. Between these two extremes is the near-deserted Karakum Desert, where the firery depths of Darvaza Gas Crater blaze like an eerie torch, an irresistible vacation destination for adventurous wanderers!
From Ashgabat to the Gates of Hell Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime overnight voyage that begins in Turkmenistan’s modern capital and ends at the fiery cusp of Darvaza Gas Crater in the formidable Karakum Desert, with a stopover in historic Kunya-Urgench along the way. Between traversing sand dunes in a 4WD, visiting a desert nomadic village and staring into the flames of the ‘Gates of Hell’, this trip is bound to be a camping experience like no other!