Open desert. Camel trails. A burning crater. Turkmenistan travel offers its own kind of adventure. Those who take on its harsh landscape follow in the tracks of ancient wanderers from Europe, the far-east and beyond.
Flowing from the climbs of the Pamir mountains, the ancient Oxus river flows across the fringe of Turkmenistan. Silk Road merchants travelling from the east would cross it on the way to Nisa and Mery, two market cities that now lie in the south of the country.
They would also have to cross the vast sprawl of the Karakum desert. Nowadays, these ‘black sands’ are beyond the call of the shouting tour guide. The secrets that are enveloped within its dunes are uncovered on our Turkmenistan tours.
Things to do in Turkmenistan
Find the Gates of Hell. The Darvaza gas crater offers a glimpse into the fiery bowels of the earth. This open wound of the Karakorum desert has been burning for other 40 years. Come and see it for yourself.
Trek along mountain borders. The awe-inspiring Kopet-Dag Range forms Turkmenistan’s border with Iran. Mount Rizeh – its highest peak – towers above Ashgabat. This range beckons the curious traveller, and even boasts its own ski resort.
Step into an episode of Planet Earth. Zemxem monitor lizards, jerboa, foxes, jackals, snakes, raptors, kulan ibex, Urial mountain goats, wild horses and prowling leopards. That’s more than enough for a prime-time Attenborough doc.
Embark on a Silk Road Tour
As one of the safer countries in Central Asia, Turkmenistan is a great place to host Silk Road tours. Our expertise and handy contacts unlock the secrets that this authoritarian country largely keeps to itself.
If you want to visit Turkmenistan on a tailor-made tour, we are always eager to chat them over with you. Whether that begins with a cup of tea and a map – or a phone call overseas – we’d love to share our Turkmenistan travel advice and expertise with you. Please do get in touch.
With photos courtesy of Elena Trofimova.
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Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, Tamerlane and many more as you track the course of the mighty Amu Darya river, from the Aral Sea to the High Pamir mountains.