Etrek, Turkmenistan

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Gyzyletrek (?-1999)
Baýat-Hajy (Russian: Bayat-Khadzhi)
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Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 37°39′41″N54°45′38″E / 37.66139°N 54.76056°E / 37.66139; 54.76056 Coordinates: 37°39′41″N54°45′38″E / 37.66139°N 54.76056°E / 37.66139; 54.76056
Country Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Turkmenistan
Province Balkan Province
District Etrek District
29 m (95 ft)
Area code(s) +993-242

Etrek (formerly Gyzyletrek, Bayat-Khadzhi Russian : Баят-Хаджи, Kyzyl-Atrek) is a city and administrative center of Etrek District in Balkan Province, Turkmenistan. It is located on the Atrek River (Turkmen : Etrek derýasy) bordering on Iran. The name means "Red Atrek" and may be a reference to the silt load that the Atrek River carries at that point, though it may also be a reference to the color red associated with Soviet Communist authority. The city's and district's name was changed to Etrek in December 1999 by Parliamentary Resolution HM-63. [1]


Nearby towns and villages include Agach-Arvat (4.8 km), Torshakli, Iran (6.3 km), Yasydepe (15.6 km), and Yarymtyk (19.4 km). There is no air service to Etrek, although there is an airport, Kizyl Atrek Airport, just to the south. [2]

Etrek is the site of a barracks of the State Border Service of Turkmenistan, and is the location of a satellite office of the State Migration Service. [3] The city and its district are included in the list of frontier areas of Turkmenistan subject to border service control. [4]


Etrek has a desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWk), with cool winters and hot summers. Rainfall is generally light and erratic, and is heavier in winter than in summer.

Climate data for Gyzyletrek
Average high °C (°F)11.2
Daily mean °C (°F)5.4
Average low °C (°F)1.0
Average precipitation mm (inches)23
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)76754111245649
Average relative humidity (%)76737166605660616060707766
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [5]

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  1. "ТҮРКМЕНИСТАНЫҢ ХАЛК МАСЛАХАТЫНЫҢ ЧӨЗГҮДИ ХМ—63 Балкан велаятының Гызылетрек шәхериниң ве Гызылетрек этрабының адыны үйтгетмек хакында" (PDF) (in Turkmen). Parliament of Turkmenistan. 29 December 1999. p. 32.
  2. "Kizyl Atrek Airport". OurAirports. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  3. State Migration Service of Turkmenistan website
  4. "TÜRKMENISTANYŇ PREZIDENTINIŇ KARARY № 9126 Raýatlaryň Türkmenistanyň serhet sebitine gelmeginiň we onda bolmagynyň kadalaryny hem-de Türkmenistanyň serhet gözegçiligi zolagynda serhet düzgüniniň kadalaryny tassyklamak hakynda" (PDF) (in Turkmen). 17 October 2007.
  5. "Climate Normals for Gyzyletrek". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . Retrieved 9 February 2013.

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