Dangerous high mountain road between the city of Shkodër and the Theth National Park, in Albania, with a total length of 80km. The road includes asphalt, gravel and river crossing sections.
The road starts in Shkodër, a city in northwestern Albania in the District of Shkodër, of which it is the capital. After 2 hours driving, the road arrives to Bajraku i Thethit, the entrance door of the Theth National Park (Albanian:Parku Kombëtar i Thethit), a national park in extreme northern Albania declared by government decree in 1966. The park covers an area of 2,630 hectares and is located along the Theth River.
This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.
This infamous road is tightly hairpinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, barely wide enough for 2 cars at the same time and it has not protections or guardrails. The surface of the road is asphalted at the beginning but then turns into gravel and sand, and chains or snow tyres can be required anytime.
Due its climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and pass through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. Check weather forecasts before leaving home, and remember that it becomes cooler and often more prone to storms at higher elevations. Be prepared with jackets, water, and emergency kit in your car.
These are maintained roads where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. All primitve dirt roads may be rocky with areas or soft gravel or sand that makes travel unsafe for sedans or RVs. Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck.
The road bad conditions, with extremely large pot holes could potentially pop a tire, crack a rim, or screw up your cars allignment.