The best time to visit Turkmenistan? Spring and autumn. The worst time? Summer.
Obviously, you do not have to worry about crowds. You just have to worry about the white-hot desert sun.
Breakdown per season
The worst season to visit Turkmenistan is summer. In July and August, expect temperatures to exceed 50°C. Avoid it if you can.
Remember that most of Turkmenistan’s treasures are located in the middle of a tree-free desert. A place like Merv, which you really need to spend at least a few hours in, becomes almost impossible to visit.
One exception is the Caspian Sea coast, which has a milder climate than the rest of the country and can be visited year-round.
Spring and autumn
The most pleasant weather happens in March-April and October-November.
Especially spring is nice: a brief flush of tender blossoms and green grass colours the land, and the Nowruz festival is a high point in the Central Asian calendar.
Winters are mild, thermometers dip just below 0 at night. When dressed properly, December to March is not a bad time to go.
Events and festivals
Note that the bar charts above are averages. Peaks of 60 degrees Celsius have been recorded in summer.
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Climate bar charts courtesy of World weather online