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Yangykala Canyon

| 165km north of Balkanabat, Balkanabat, Turkmenistan
+993 12 95-75-00
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Probably Turkmenistan's most beautiful natural attraction

Gorgeous shades of ochre and pink in bands stretch across canyon walls which rise from the desert... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
simply-peregrinating
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Burnley, United Kingdom
Beautiful Canyon But Tough to Get To!

The Yangykala Canyon area is quite unique and the views are beautiful. But, the drive from... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2018
Barton21
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Austin, TX
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| 165km north of Balkanabat, Balkanabat, Turkmenistan
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Gorgeous shades of ochre and pink in bands stretch across canyon walls which rise from the desert plateau. Remote and peaceful with probably no one there but yourselves and the passing camels and horses. The stillness, quiet and stunning scenery are worth the approximately 100...More

1  Thank simply-peregrinating
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

The Yangykala Canyon area is quite unique and the views are beautiful. But, the drive from Balkanabat takes about four hours along mostly poorly maintained roads. Our driver chose to skip the A/C to save fuel, making for a hot bumpy ride. I'm glad I...More

2  Thank Barton21
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Definitely the best natural attraction of this country and not to be missed. It is a bit of a drive from town, but you can't expect a majestic canyon to be located in your hotel's backyard. Spend the night over and you'll have the whole...More

1  Thank ffrige
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Our sure-footed, sure-driving guide Oraz took us on a long drive to see Yangykala Canyon in Turkmenistan at the end of July. Glad he was driving as the Turkmen driving rules seem to be more hectic and made up than most other places we have...More

1  Thank JGDynamo
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you've never seen anything like this, then you might enjoy it. But it takes a long time to reach and if you've seen other, similar sites you will probably be disappointed. I was.

2  Thank Arete
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

We set off from Balkanabat, and after a long drive on a bumpy and grooved track, seeing many camels grazing by the side of the road, and beautiful moving sand dunes, we arrived at Yangikala Canyons. These are truly spectacular, with coral pink colour at...More

2  Thank Jacqui L
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

I went with Koryo Tours and the view was absolutely spectacular. Admittedly the drive in was bumpy and best to go in convoy with at least one other vehicle and make sure you go in with 4WDs (broken axle on our companion's car!). It takes...More

2  Thank Beachednarwhal
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Reviewed 24 November 2015

At about 9:30 we jumped into Toyota Prado. Very roomy SUV to take a trip to Yangykala Canyon, often called the canyon lands. Even though it was nearly a three hour drive from out hotel in Avaza to get there it was very much worth...More

7  Thank Don B
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

1. Yangykala Canyon is breathtaking and undoubtedly the most spectacular natural attraction in Turkmenistan we have seen. As we sometimes heard, it was even called ‘the Grand Canyon of central Asia’. Yangykala canyon is not a canyon shaped by a river like most other canyons....More

9  Thank MarcelTraveller
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