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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby steven » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:29 am

All tips, info and reports are summarized in our Door to Hell article.

Your questions and reports are welcome below.
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Q&A: Door to Hell

Postby lnhzd » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:18 pm

Hi guys,

We will be entering Turkmenistan via Dashoguz and heading toward the south. Obviously we'd like to stop by Darvaza and to stay overnight next to the door to hell. We've done some homework and have found the following options:

Option 1) contact tour operator to pre-arrange transport and tent - tried a few they seem to be less keen on transport/camping only as opposed to the whole tour package, the response rate is fairly low.any local tour operators in Köneürgench?

Option 2) to make our own way to Dashoguz, then try to find a Jeep/motorbike offered by the owner of the tea house everyone talks about. the most recent story I've heard about was 70 dollars waiting for 1.5 hours only, which doesn't suit us well.

3) I've also heard of people hiring a Jeep from Darvaza and staying overnight in the Jeep in the desert, we are most interested in this option but is it still feasible? it was 30-50 dollars 2 years ago but where can we find the contact to arrange this?

Any comments on the options above would be appreciated.
Also if we don't go for option 1 we'll have to hitch a ride to Ashgabat, how easy is it to fit in 2 people in a truck?

Thanks!
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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby bwv812 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:47 am

Solid info here:
http://sunriseodyssey.com/darvasa-gas-c ... rkmenistan


I included this link as part of my suggested 5-day transit itinerary:
http://silkroadwanderings.blogspot.com/ ... eview.html
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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby lnhzd » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:35 pm

hi bwv812, thanks a lot for your reply. Yep I have no problems hiking for 7 km, but the concern is hiking for 7km on sand in August when temperature could potentially reach 40 degrees....anyone has tried it summer?
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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby bwv812 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:56 pm

Well, I think the idea is to do what they did and hike out in the middle of the night and come back in the early morning when it won't be so hot. I've walked similar distances in mid-August in Turpan, Xinjiang (basically the hottest & lowest spot in China) and it was fine even in the middle of the day. I personally wouldn't be too worried—just take plenty of water and a hat. But by the time you get there, you'll probably have a pretty good idea from your time in Khiva and Uzbekistan if it's doable or not.
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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby lnhzd » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:08 am

thanks bwv812!
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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby rodarpelmon » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:55 am

Hi, you can also wait at crossroad for a lift to Door to Hell, or walk 1 km to the train station, there are a couple of 4x4 just waiting for tourist... or asking people for "jeep" and they contact to some driver. We arranged a pick up at 8 pm and back at 9.30, just for night pictures. We sleept at the train station parking, in our campervan, a very quite place also for bikers or backpackers with tent.

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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby bigbeka » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:36 pm

Hi there all,

I would be interested to camp overnight at the darvaza too.

@inhzd Did you do what you were planning last year?
What is the outcome and anything to take note of?

Cheers,
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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby bigbeka » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:59 am

Thanks Steven, appreciate our reply.
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Re: Door to Hell from Dashoguz

Postby adventurism » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:21 pm

I had my own transport, but observed the process extensively. The train station is only about 1km from the start of the trail. From around 4/5pm the cars start to wait at the side of the road where the trail starts to the crater. You can arrange a ride there. I think the rate is around $50 per ride in a 4x4 or $10 on the back of a motorcycle. There are two small yurt style huts where you can stay during the night (150m from the crater). Arrange a pick up time with the driver who took you and pay him only when he brought you back to the road.
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