7 incredible locations to pitch a tent around the world

Kathmandu ambassadors Alesha and Jarryd are professional photographers, writers and founders of adventure travel blog NOMADasaurus. They’ve been exploring the world together since 2008, searching for culture and adventure in off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Being outdoors is good for your soul, and there’s no better way to appreciate the world we live in than a night camping under the stars.

1. Turkmenistan's 'Door To Hell’

Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most closed-off countries in the world, so just getting the chance to visit is already an adventure in itself.

The nation is known for its eccentric and unusual capital city, Ashgabat, with its white marble monuments, glinting with gold. But hidden away in the desert lies another curious attraction.

The Darvaza Gas Crater is a huge sinkhole that formed in 1971 when a drilling team was searching for methane and the earth beneath the rig collapsed.

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The door to hell

Toxic gas began leaking into the atmosphere, so engineers decided to set it alight and burn off what they thought was just a small pocket of methane. It has been burning ever since.

Seeing the gaping scar in the middle of the desert is unbelievable, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stumbled across an active volcano. But imagine how unbelievable it would be to camp next to it?

There’s no fence, entrance fee or gate to protect you from the huge crater, so make sure you pick a spot far enough back from the edge to be safe (and upwind from it).

2. In the heart of Torres Del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine in Chile is an absolute must-see for any lover of the outdoors.

Home to the famous W Trek (and the longer, more impressive O Circuit), this captivating national park is the crown jewel of Patagonia, and is filled with jagged peaks, epic glaciers, dense forests, glistening lakes and tumbling rivers.

It’s also home to some of South America’s best campsites, which makes this park one of the best places in the world to pitch a tent.

The park rangers restrict the number of people who can camp every day so you need to get in early and make a booking during peak season, but once you do, you’re guaranteed an experience of a lifetime.

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Torres Del Paine National Park

3. On Antarctica

Antarctica is one of the most exclusive travel destinations on the planet, with less than 30,000 people getting a chance to step foot on the continent every year.

Of those 30,000 people, a very small percentage have the opportunity to actually spend the night on land rather than on a ship, which is usually only reserved for scientists and hardcore explorers.

If you sign up for a small group expedition with an adventure-focused company you may be offered a night to sleep in a tent or bivvy sack right on the snow beneath the clearest skies in the world.

It might not be the most comfortable — or warmest — evening, but nothing beats experiencing what only a handful of people in history have experienced: a night on the single biggest mass of ice in the world.

Read more on what to know before you travel to Antarctica.

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A night under the stars is next level when you camp in Antarctica

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