The Darvaza gas crater was created about 30 years ago when a drilling rig collapsed into an underground cavern of natural gas. Someone made the decision to try and burn off the gas. They figured it would only burn for a few days, but it's been burning ever since. The crater is known locally as "The Gates of Hell".
We camped about 7km away from the crater and then took an old soviet military truck out to the site. We lucked out with the weather since it was a nice calm evening we were able to walk around the entire crater and we were able to get pretty close. It’s impressively huge and you could feel the heat when the wind changed direction. Too bad we forgot the marshmellows! The new government of Turkmenistan has pledged to extinguish the flames in the future since it's kind of an ecological disaster, so it may not be around much longer.
Welcome to our travelblog page. We initally called ourselves "AfricaBound" because we spent a year traveling around Africa from August 2007 to August 2008. At that time, little did we even think that we could go on another extended trip. Somehow through much perseverance and determination we were able to save up for yet another extended trip, this time as sort of a honeymoon. Our current itinerary has us traveling from July 2010 until December 2011 through Central Asia, China, New Zealand, Australia and then back up to SE Asia, Nepal, India and then finally Japan.
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