Best time to travel to Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is a region with extremes in terms of climate and temperature. Its summers are some of the hottest in Central Asia, mostly deserted and mostly at sea level. Extreme summer weather coincides with bitterly cold winters, amid moderate and temperate springs and autumns. As the country is largely flat and arid, there is little effect on the atmosphere and the seasons in Turkmenistan tend to be reasonably stable from year to year.

Summer in Turkmenistan is brutally humid, with temperatures often reaching 50°C. It’s not the ideal time to visit Turkmenistan, with most of the world not appropriate for visitors to explore easily. The treeless desert does not have cover from the hot baking sun, and after a few hours the temperature would be intolerable, if not dangerous. However, regions around the Caspian Sea tend to be colder than inland areas and can be visited during the season. In reality, there are a lot of resorts scattered along the coast where you can enjoy a range of water activities. It is also the only region of the world that will experience rainfall in summer, although an unusual phenomenon.

Alternatively, you should go up to the Turkmen mountains, where the lower temperatures allow you to trek in the mornings and evenings. In addition, with melons one of the most popular items in the world, a new holiday has recently been set up to celebrate a special form of melon grown in Turkmenistan. Various activities and festivals take place on the second Sunday of August to commemorate the cherished muskmelon.

Autumn in Turkmenistan is one of the safest times to travel before the chill of winter starts. In the summer, the heat is allowed to increase and a visit to the desert becomes possible. During this time, you will visit the ancient ruins of Merv, situated in the middle of the desert. One of the highlights of early autumn is camping in the desert overnight, a rare experience where you can feel connected to nature and a new way of life. Bear in mind, though, the temperatures drop dramatically at night, and you’ll need to stack on the layers to keep them warm. Another fascinating activity is a stay in a remote village where you can witness the way of life in rural Turkmenistan.Autumn is also a fantastic time to explore the mountains in the south of the country, where you can enjoy spectacular walks as the local landscape transitions from bright greens to soft, autumnal colors.

Winter in Turkmenistan sees the arrival of brutally cold Siberian winds that carry down temperatures, with lows of-20°C not being rare. As in summer, this allows a substantial portion of the world to be practically off-limits to visitors. The desert does not provide protection against the cold, and it can be difficult to drive about, although there is very little snowfall in the region. In winter, however, it is still possible to visit the futuristic city of Ashgabat to explore its surreal architecture.It could also be possible to visit places near the major cities on milder days. There is also a ski resort in the southern mountains bordering Iran, although this also suffers from a lack of snow. The areas of the Caspian Sea remain very temperate and can also be easily reached in winter, but the water is too cold to swim.

Spring in Turkmenistan, too, is a good time to visit. As the winter progresses into the spring, the land opens again, as the biting cold gives way to nice, sunny days. In reality, spring may be the best time to visit Turkmenistan. The world celebrates the Persian New Year on 21 March and there are many festivals and celebrations in the country. The desert is also becoming hospitable at this time of year, making it much easier to drive long distances. This makes it easier to visit many fascinating places in desert areas or camp out in the wilderness. In the spring, the desert erupts with color for a few brief moments as flowers and foliage expand.In the Kopet Dag Mountain Range, spring is a beautiful time to walk with lush green foliage reappearing after the harsh winter and temperatures staying more temperate for longer than in the flatter parts of the world where spring comes and goes easily.

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