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6 Days Desert tour itinerary for Ashgabat, Balkanabat & Turkmenbasi: Admire The Wonders Of Western Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, Balkanabat, Turkmenbasi

Homestay Tour
Cave Tour
Desert Tour
Admire the Wonders of Western Turkmenistan

Yangikala Canyons


Journey through western Turkmenistan with stops at the Gokdepe Fortress, Horse Farm, Kowata Underground Lake, Nokhur mountain village, Burning Gas Crater, and much more. 

DAY 01


  • Arrive at Ashgabat International Airport where you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the hotel.

  • Enjoy some free time.

  • Have an Ashgabat city tour in the afternoon. You will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat 2017 Sports and Housing facilities, the Earthquake and victims of WWII Monuments.

  • Drive to visit the Ashgabat Cable Car. It is a 4 km (2.5 mi) cableway between Ashgabat and the foothills of the Kopetdag. The first and single in Turkmenistan. The length of the cable car is 4 km. The journey time is 20 minutes.

Overnight in Ashgabat.

DAY 02

Ashgabat – Gokdepe – Kowata – Nokhur

  • Savour breakfast at the hotel.

  • Go on a morning drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia).

  • Drive to Gokdepe Fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russian Empire Army. The siege of Gokdepe lasted 23 days, after which the city was taken by storm.

  • Visit Geokdepe Mosque (Saparmyrat Hajj) that was built in 1995 to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue coloured roof and white marble structure.

  • Drive to visit Horse Farm to see a national proud of Turkmen people - Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin to breed Akhalteke horses. The world’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. There are over 35 beautiful horses on the farm. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon.

  • Drive to Kowata Underground Lake which is located 107 km from Ashgabat. The Turkmen name Kow-Ata means "father of caves". This underground area seems like a magnificent auditorium: the overall length of the cave is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. The bottom of the cave is covered with lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites), and its warm and gushing water is clear and emerald coloured. The water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C. (You should swim in the lake).

  • Drive to Nokhur mountain village. The village itself fills a small depression valley in the mountains of the Kopet Dag Range, and the houses are built with local boulders cemented with mud. Apart from the main street through the middle of the town, the streets are so narrow that they only just fit a car between the high stone retaining walls on each side. The Nohkuri people who populate this remote mountain village are quite different from other Turkmen tribes. They live in a handful of villages in the mountainous border area spanning Turkmenistan and Iran; Nokhur is the largest village with just a thousand or maybe two thousand people.

  • Eat a traditional dinner with a local family. 

Overnight in a local family.

DAY 03

Nokhur – Yangykala – Turkmenbashi - Avaza

  • Savour breakfast.

  • Embark on a morning drive to Yangykala Canyons, one of the scenic natural objects of Turkmenistan. The word expression “yangy kala” translates from Turkmen as “fire fortress”. Indeed, the sheer cliffs of white, yellow, ocher, purple and red colours, fancily carved by winds and rains, are very similar to the stone castles from a fantasy.

  • Explore the Canyons.

  • Drive to Turkmenbashi city and transfer to the Avaza resort area. 

Overnight in Avaza.

DAY 04

Turkmenbashi – Dashoguz – Darwaza

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Transfer to Turkmenbashy Domestic Airport in the morning and take flight to Dashoguz at 12:40 (flights available Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat).

  • Arrive in Dashoguz at 13:45.

  • Drive to Darwaza Burning Gas Crater (268km) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". The Darwaza area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days but it is still burning today.

  • Watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater in the evening.

  • Savour BBQ dinner & stay overnight at Gas Crater.

DAY 05

Darwaza – Ashgabat

  • Relish a picnic style breakfast in the camp.

  • Drive to Ashgabat.

  • Transfer to the hotel and enjoy some free time. 

Overnight in Ashgabat.

DAY 06


  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Transfer to Ashgabat International airport.

  • 1095 USD Per Adult (* Price for four people)
  • 1195 USD Per Adult (* Price for two people)
  • 1865 USD Per Adult (* Price for one person)
  • Letter of invitation

  • Registration in Ashgabat city

  • Accommodation in rooms:

  • Sport Hotel 4* – 3 nights

  • Bagtyyar or similar hotel 4*– 1 night

  • Tent stay in Darwaza – 1 night

  • Homestay – 1 night

  • Transportation throughout the tour

  • Flight ticket: Turkmenbashi – Dashoguz

  • Escort: English speaking guide service

  • Entrance tickets to the cable car, Kowata Underground Lake, and horse farm

  • Meals: BBQ Dinner & breakfast at Gas Crater. Breakfast at the hotel. Dinner in a local family

  • 1,5 L water per person per day

  • Travel Tax: 2 USD per person per night

  • International flights

  • Cost of Turkmen visa & border fees

  • Early check-in at hotels

  • Payment for photo and video

  • Tips for guide and driver

  • Medical insurance

  • Meals: L, D

  • Services not shown in the program

Ashgabat, Balkanabat, Turkmenbasi

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Maksat Ylyasov

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