Mud Volcanoes

Volcano in Qobustan

On top of utterly unpromising little Daşgil Hill is a weird collection of baby mud volcanoes, a whole family of ‘geologically flatulent’ little conical mounds that gurgle, ooze, spit and sometimes erupt with thick, cold, grey mud. It’s more entertaining than it sounds – even when activity is at a low ebb, you get the eerie feeling that the volcanoes are alive. And normally the peaceful site is completely deserted.

From the big Ələt junction roundabout some 15km south of Qobustan, follow ‘Şpal Zavodu’ signs but keep straight ahead (north) after crossing the railway. Keep to this unpaved track for 3km then climb the hill to your right (tough if wet).