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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  • We arrived in the dark and the crater glowed orange-red towards us. We had to get out immediately - the tents could wait. After dinner and at sunrise - again and again we went down to the crater and it was always an experience.
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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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  • awesome place, the guides are cool, they have these fake horns, it was kinda scaring jumping into it tho, it's pretty cool underneath. well actually melting hot, i wonder how they got all the actors that played the dead souls... i also got free lava!
  • Fascinating crater, especially after dark - watching fire can be hypnotising. The heat can be tremendous, though it's temporary, but welcome once the daytime heat has evaporated.
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