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DARVAZA

The temperature is now no joke and if anything is getting worse as the night goes on.

THE ONLY RESPITE IS STANDING BESIDE THE CRATER

The guide decided to show me around briefly before going to see the crater and to be honest there wasn’t much else to see apart from the toilet. Imagine a hole in the ground with a tent over the top of it. If you needed a sh*t then there was a disability frame but I’m just hoping I my constipation kicks in for a day or 2.

TURKMENISTAN….

  • Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • Called the North Korea of Asia, it is ranked as one of the hardest countries to enter.
  • You are required the assistance of tour agencies and a guide to gain a visa
  • Turkmenistan ranked is as the 178th most censored countries in the world – out of 180!
  • Only North Korea and Eritrea are worse off.

TOILETS IN THE DESERT

It was pitch dark so on the way to the gas crater I accidentally walked into areas that were roped off which I thought was unusual, just these random areas which are cordoned off. Turns out they were the old toilets that have since be covered with sand – we are right down to the bare bones here!

Heading down at the gas crater and nothing can really prepare you for it, safe to say there is no where else on earth quite like it! Another benefit is the heat coming from the flames which probably makes this the hottest place within a 2000km radius.

GATES TO HELL….

  • It was given the name by locals
  • 226ft / 60m wide, roughly the size of a football field
  • 98ft/30m deep.
  • Soviet engineers set it alight in 1971 in an attempt to burn off the excess gas
  • It was estimated that it would take a few weeks to burn off but hasn’t stopped.
  • It is located near one of the largest gas reserves of the world
Accommodation in Darvaza, Turkmenistan. The gates of hell

THAT SNOOD FROM BAKU

I could only last around 30 minutes before it became unbearable and that was with all the layers. All I can say is thank god for that snood I bought in Baku and I was right to say it was the best purchase of the trip LINK!! Managed to get some great shots with the drone and the guide couldn’t believe how I got it in the country!

David Simpson and the gas crater in Darvaza, Turkmenistan. The gates of hell

KETTLE

The accommodation was interesting and there was 6 of us sleeping in it. After listening to the snoring it took me the best part of an hour to get to sleep, only to be woke by the most bizarre noise. Turns of the guide decided to leave the kettle on the stove since I arrived and it took the entire time to boil!

FINAL THOUGHTS

It was always going to be part of my itinerary when visiting Turkmenistan and it sure didn’t disappoint!

NEXT UP

Visa disappointment at the border. Click to read.!!!!!

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
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This post is part of the Central Asia Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.

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GATES TO HELL, VISA DISAPPOINTMENT & THE WORST STEAK IN THE WORLD

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