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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.



0 # Jan 2014-08-18 05:28
We did it with our Dacia Duster frontweel drive.
So no 4x4 needed with Dacia.
Splended car we proud hè managed the job including the flat tyre.
Lucia Mora
0 # Lucia Mora 2014-09-17 13:52
We drove this road on the 10th September 2014 with an automatic Honda civic 1.8 because we were told it had been greatly improved over the summer and no 4x4 was needed.
We regret it. I suppose the rain and the constant traffic of 4x4 has deteriorated the road quickly in just 1 months. It cost us a flat tyre and quite a bit of damage underneath the car, even the locals told us we were crazy.
Anyway we made it in and out. Beautiful place and amazing people.
0 # caya 2014-11-25 18:48
Been there with friends on motorbikes. Almost all the way to top of the ridge was asphalt road at the end of September. This particular road, all the way down to Theth is quite easy to ride. Just be warned if you decide to leave Theth the other - southern - road, it's really bad one. It's feasible, though locals tolds us that the road isn't very good. About 50 to 60km of mud&gravel. Spectacular view though, worth seeing.