SH21 is a spectacular and dangerous high mountain road located in the northwestern tip of Albania. The road is 57.2 km long and links the municipalities of Koplik and Theth. The road climbs up the Thore-Pass.
The road includes asphalted sections (at the beginning) but then, after the pass, the road becomes terrible, bumpy, sandy and gravel. Flat tyre and damage underneath the car are usual in passenger cars. 4x4 is recommended. The road is paved untill well past Bogë, with construction work going on to widen and pave it up to the Thore pass. It has been improved the last times, but the road is still hairy.
The road, going within the Albanian Alps, starts in Koplik, a city and urban municipality, serving as the capital of the Malësi e Madhe District in the northwestern tip of Albania. It ends in Theth, a community in the Shalë municipality, Shkodër District, Shkodër County. The community is at the centre of the Theth National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. The road is very steep and includes very narrow sections. The rain and the constant traffic of 4x4 have deteriorated the road.
The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The road was built in 1936 and is usually closed from November to May.
According to some dangerousroads.org users, in July 2015, the road has been completely paved to Thore Pass. ' The road to Thore pass has been paved recently and they have done a very good job. It is narrow though, with a few turnouts in the newly paved section. 15km to get down in the valley. Nothing too bad, just rough, but it requires a reasonably high clearance vehicle and no fear of heights'.