2 days


1 night

2 days


1 night

Darvaza - Gas Crater from Khiva

Discover a unique journey from the ancient city of Khiva to the mysterious Darwaza - the Gates of Hell. Passing through the Karakum Desert, you will reach Darwaza, a giant burning crater, which the locals call the Gates of Hell. This area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists stumbled upon a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. To avoid the release of poisonous gases, it was decided to burn it. The geologists hoped that the fire would use up all the fuel in a few days, but the gas is still burning.

This amazing natural phenomenon is mesmerizing in its scale and power, creating an unforgettable spectacle, especially at night. Immerse yourself in the history, culture and natural wonders of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan while enjoying the amazing contrast between the architectural masterpieces of Khiva and the wild beauty of Darvaza.

Trip Overview

Travel Style Short Tours
Countries Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan
Route Khiva - Shavat checkpoint - Dashaguz - Darvaza (Gas Crater) - Shavat checkpoint – Khiva

Detailed Route

The whole route without taking into account border crossing takes about 6 hours and is 360 km long

Transfer to the Uzbek-Turkmen border point Shavat. Border formalities. Transfer to Kunya-Urgench (1.5 h). 

Sightseeing tour of Kunya-Urgench: visit the Caravanserai Portal, Mamun's Minaret, Mausoleum of II Arslan, Mausoleum of Sultan Tekesh, Academy of Khorezm, Minaret of Kutlug Timur, Mausoleum of Turabek Khanum. 

After lunch drive to Darwaza burning gas crater (3,5 h). The crater is also called "door to hell".

Arrival and camp accommodation near the crater. In the evening admire the breathtaking and mesmerizing view of the gas crater. 

BBQ dinner and overnight stay at the camp near the gas crater.


Free time.

Transfer to the border and rturn to Khiva 

Prices and Conditions

Included in the Cost

  • Transportation Services.
  • Invitation letter 
  • Accommodation in a tent - 1 night (including sleeping mats, sleeping bags, pillows, light)
  • Services of a guide-accompanion
  • Transportation according to the program by regular AC and 4x4 road vehicles if the terrain requires it
  • Meals: BF and BBQ dinner in Darwaza
  • 1.5 liters of water per person per day

Not Included in the Cost

  • International flights
  • Cost of Turkmen visa w/border fees (70 – 100 USD)
  • PCR test (33 USD)
  • Payment for photo and video
  • Meals: L & D
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Medical insurance 
  • Services not shown in the program
  • Cancellation fee

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For residents of Uzbekistan payment is made in the national currency at the rate on the day of payment

For groups of more than 10 people - price on request

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