With bands of pink, red and yellow rock searing across the sides of steep canyon walls, Yangykala Canyon is a breathtaking sight and one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Turkmenistan.
Just as alluring as the beautiful views is its solitary isolation in the desert; few Turkmen are aware of its existence. Canyons and cliffs slash for 25km towards the Garagogazgol basin and lie approximately 165km north of Balkanabat and about 160km east of Turkmenbashi, making it easy to slot the canyon between the two cities. It’s possible to camp on the plateau above the canyon, although it can get windy here.
As soon as you set your eyes on the brilliant flame-colored canyons of Yangykala, you will realize why this deep valley region is considered to be one of the most astonishing sights – not just in Turkmenistan – but the whole of Central Asia.
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