Door To Hell – karakum Desert Central Turkmenistan

  • Officially, Door to Hell is known as the Darvaza Gas Crater, located in the Karakum Desert, Central Turkmenistan, a little over 150 miles from the country’s capital.
  • Door to Hell is a big pit having lots of small fires. Wherever you look, it’s just thousands of these small fires and there is no smoke.

  • It is very clean that one can see its beauty without any obstacle.
  • It’s neither volcanic nor Magma, in fact this sinister flame pit was man made and thought to be the result of a soviet Era gas drilling accident.
  • It’s size is similar to a football field (69 metres wide and 30 metres deep) that’s been perpetually burning now for approximate 50 years.
  • It has been there since around 1960.
  • In 2010, president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow ordered that the hole should be closed but that doesn’t seem to have happened.
George Kourounis
George Kourounis descends into the crater..(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/George Verschoor)
  • Canadian adventurer, George Kourounis, was the first known person to descent into the pit in 2013, and he described it to the National Geographic who partly funded this expedition as a Coliseum of Fire.
  • The aim was to collect soil samples from the bottom of the pit to try to establish whether life can exist in such a harsh environment.
  • Mr Kourounis is pictured wearing his heat resistant aluminium suit, test temperature on the edge of the crater.
  • The Turkmen government is trying to develop it as a tourist attractions and Kourounis said there is not even so much a railing. So, you can stand as close to the real life hell mouth as you want.
  • Few more facts about Door to Hell are:
    Space view of Door To Hell
    Top view of Door To Hell from the sky.
    • Temperatures inside the crater reaches 1000 degree Celsius.
    • Door to Hell is the fourth place on earth that doesn’t stop burning.
    • Door to Hell attract between 12000 to 15000 visitors an year.
    • Door to Hell location on google maps is 40°15′8″N 58°26′23″E.