The Darvaza Gas Crater – Door to Hell | Turkmen Ice Hockey League (PSL) 2018


In the middle of the Karakum Desert, about 260 kilometres north of Ashgabat lies the small village of Derweze, also known as Darvaza. While drilling for oil, engineers accidentally hit a pocket of natural gas, and soon after the ground beneath the rig collapsed into a cavern. Fearing a dangerous methane gas leak into the nearby villages, engineers set it on fire, believing that it would burn out in just a few weeks. That was in 1971…

Friendship-Leaguers attending the inaugural Turkmen Ice Hockey League 2018 have the option to stay a few extra days and visit Darvaza. Best of all, we’re going to spend a night camping beside the crater underneath the vast desert sky. If you want to join, better sign up quick! Our first team is now full, and places on our second team are filling up quickly. Don’t miss your chance to make hockey history!

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