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    Default Team Unimog Punga 2011: Solitude at Altitude

    -Intro-
    There were lyrics, perhaps unbeknownst, at the time, reminiscing, perhaps more often than we would have cared for, perhaps more often than was appreciated. They, the lyrics, went on from milestone to milestone, from one achievement to the next, from one hurdle till the other. “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death……”

    It is that fear of the unknown, that desire to succeed, that want to want more, that camaraderie, that essence, that fulfillment, that self actualization, that focus, that function, that made us proud to be men during the week of 15<sup>th</sup> July – 22<sup>nd</sup> July 2011.

    Conception started eons ago, almost as soon as the first Team Unimog (TU) Punga tour (https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/4x4...nimerg-butogah) ended. That TU trip was inconceivable for matters that are too plenty to cover again. TU decided that it was important that such trips be restricted to a cycle of 2 years. Mature words, but perhaps spoken to soon. Not all the G4 could make that trip, and for those unacquainted with the acronym, G4 is nomenclature used to describe 4 of us with too many kind traits for Pakwheels to accept and not censor. Suffice is to say that “Your Enemy’s My Enemy” is our moto. Anyways, hence, two years seemed too distant.

    Fast forward, TU had a strange addition, surprisingly, it wasn’t a Unimog, but I guess friendship and company is thicker than steel and a chassis. It wasn’t German, and it wasn’t even the same classification. You’ll see it as you continue to frequent this thread I hope. The same two Unimogs that you are well acquainted with were stripped through and through the whole year, all pending the experience the drivers gained last time around. I cannot count the number of critical spares that were carried, for all three vehicles. I cannot, unfortunately, also count, and for our wives’ peace of mind, the amount of Quaid-e-Azams we had to let go off, empty, empty wallets- also, to the gallows with online and mobile banking!

    13, the so called “unlucky number”, was the actual number of people who would go down and make history on this trip. 13 people, 13 men, of different backgrounds, of different ages, would forever imprint their memories with an out worldly experience. For many, it would be the first time they would have looked at our country, the beautiful Pakistan, in a completely new light. For others, who were better travelled within Pakistan, they obviously keep seeing things that beckon them to come back again and again.

    The route, though decided well in advance, was at the mercy of Mother Nature. Landslides, flooding, law and order, altitude, river crossings and other fragile infrastructure, would all have to be taken into account. Resident locals, as many contacts as we were able to obtain, were critical in providing us with up-to-date and validated information. With all constants and variables where they were, the route was decided and set in stone unless mishaps on the way made way for contingencies.

    Lahore (for Lahoris) - Islamabad – Abbotabad – Mansehra – Ballakot – Kaghan – Naran – Jalkhad – Lulusar Lake – Gitidas – Babusar Pass – Chillaas – Jaglot – Astore – Chillum Chowkey – Sheosar Lake (Deosai) – Kaala Paani (Deosai) – Bara Paani (Deosai) – Teesra Paani (Deosai) – Sadpara Lake - Skardu – Shiggar – Skardu – Lower Kachura at Shangrilla – Soak Nala – Lower Kachura – KKH (Skardu – Gilgit Road) – Jaglot – Chillaas – Babusar Pass – Gitidas – Lulusar Lake – Jalkhad – Naran – Kaghan – Ballakot – Mansehra – Abbotabad – Islamabad – Lahore (for Lahoris)

    Whilst this is a mere introduction, and by no means exhaustive, expect additions to keep coming your way. Notables, and worthy mentions include, but are not limited to Nanga Parbat, and the various views we got of the majestic peak from parts of the KKH and Deosai. Road conditions on a whole were extremely poor, owing to the rebuild of the KKH, and the floods of the recent past. These conditions were not only tormenting for us, but more so for the three stallions that we were riding. Perhaps the most enjoyable and memorable parts of the trips were our camps which would have scored no less than 5-Stars on any hospitality matrix. The highlights for our rides were definitely the water crossings at Bara Paani and Teesra Paani in Deosai (one of the largest and highest Plateaus of the world).

    It is prohibitively challenging to summarize 7 days of travel in a few paragraphs, so I hope you will sit back and thoroughly enjoy the pictures and videos.

    -Outro-
    With that being said, many of us who participated will miss each other the most, and in closing I quote simple words Bo Jackson said some while ago; “If I miss anything about the sport, it’s the camaraderie of teammates.”

    - Team Unimog, Pakistan



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    The horses at Soak Nala, between Upper Kachura and Lower Kachura
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    The Fields of Gold
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    Shangrilla Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistian, Pakistan
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    The Droplet of Sheosar Lake, Deosai
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    Wonderful gift from a wonderful friend - Janj


    An even more wonderful gift from a wonderful friend - Janj


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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by istafa111 View Post
    Awesome thread! Enjoyed every page of it! Thumbs up to you and your team! Best of Luck!
    I'll follow from now on...
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    My dear ALLAH when I loose hope, help me to remember that Your love is greater than my disappointment and Your plans for my life are better than my Dreams.

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    excellent guys ....

    @DEE DEE

    boss ab kahan ki tiyari karon

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    Amazing! Mind blowing photography and editing! This is the stuff dreams are made of and you guys are truly living yours Mashallah!
    I see a video documentary in the making!

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    Thread of the year!
    Never go offroading alone!!!you never know when you need a push!!

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    Hats off to Team Unimog ...especially the G4 gang...
    Delightful writeup and awesome pictorial...
    Inspirational stuff really...
    Congratualtions for the successful completion of yet another Punga...
    Whatever moves you...is good enough...Pakistan Zindabad!!!
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    Wonderfull!! Fantastic, thread, pics, vehicles and gentlemen.

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    MAN!!!!!!
    Akheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer pics @Rao .. yaar hamid bhai .. ur definitely in wrong line of work man !!!

    and amazing looks Dee and Bee Mogs

    @DD .. love the lights on the roof ... bohat ala mar dala
    and zabardast logos and my fav is the 2 mogs one ... bohat zabardast punga

    ramadhan mein office mein acha time guzray ga ... DDDD

    G's -- please speed up the uploads

    @Fishak --- TERI TU !!!!! yaar u r one resourceful khawcha man!!!
    @Romano --- great to see u sir ... that was the biggest surprise for me on this punga to see you ... after our last meeting at saleem mechanic workshop

    and romano normally does not like to be photographed btw
    @Bash --- baray ishtyle hein bhai log k ... ubhi DD is behing u in posing for this punga

    sub G's and jays ki jay hooo .... gladly this punga came to a pleasant close without any updates of last day from M2 ...

    thinking about it ... where is Xia ??? didnt he go ??
    Bugged for Life....Easily Distracted by Land Rovers

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    @Gs --- i hope there is a "Sutta na mila" compilation too on this punga
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Thanks misteek. You ain't seen nothing yet

    My aging and almost retired Nikon D70s was used. For most of the shots later on, a Hoya Polarizing filter was used. Only two lenses were used, a lens I had borrowed from Ali Sarwar (good friend of ours) which was a Nikon Nikkor 16-35mm F4 VR AFS and my Sigma f2.8 70-200 (obviously Nikon mount). Both lenses were great.

    I had retired from photography many years ago, perhaps 5 years ago. I miss it much now, so maybe when my ride isn't asking for upgrades, I can start channeling money out again.

    Glad you enjoyed these shots. I can't wait for the landscapes to begin though.

    Rao.
    wow, neither you nor your camera is retired...i am really astonished with your photography skills...thumbs up and i really enjoyed like i have been with you in this trip...maybe some day, INSHALLAH

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugzy View Post
    MAN!!!!!!
    Akheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer pics @Rao .. yaar hamid bhai .. ur definitely in wrong line of work man !!!

    and amazing looks Dee and Bee Mogs

    @DD .. love the lights on the roof ... bohat ala mar dala
    and zabardast logos and my fav is the 2 mogs one ... bohat zabardast punga

    ramadhan mein office mein acha time guzray ga ... DDDD

    G's -- please speed up the uploads

    @Fishak --- TERI TU !!!!! yaar u r one resourceful khawcha man!!!
    @Romano --- great to see u sir ... that was the biggest surprise for me on this punga to see you ... after our last meeting at saleem mechanic workshop

    and romano normally does not like to be photographed btw
    @Bash --- baray ishtyle hein bhai log k ... ubhi DD is behing u in posing for this punga

    sub G's and jays ki jay hooo .... gladly this punga came to a pleasant close without any updates of last day from M2 ...

    thinking about it ... where is Xia ??? didnt he go ??
    Xia and i cant go this time last time welae the is chale ge but is dafa job se chuti nai mili

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    Quote Originally Posted by accord7362 View Post
    great opening note @Rao & indeed a great trip & snap shooting

    Thanks for sharing & congratzzz to all team members
    GOD bless TU13

    Thanks @Accord7362, the country is beautiful, and I don't think any one of us has done justice to it yet.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    already on desktop background.... Guru G tussi great oo
    Also on my background boy. Tussi bhee great ho.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderman View Post
    Excellent trip keep the pictures coming
    Spidy, you need to be cameraman soon! Get ready for next time around.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    aala boy buhat aala maar hee daala

    here comes the BeeMog
    Team Unimog Punga 2011: Solitude at Altitude - 279627

    Hahahha, DD, tu bhee na.
    Loving the color of Beemog.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by istafa111 View Post
    Awesome thread! Enjoyed every page of it! Thumbs up to you and your team! Best of Luck!
    I'll follow from now on...

    Great! Glad you liked it so far. Wait till we get to Deosai. Lovely avatar.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    nyce snaps..keep rolling

    Oye Zarar! Teri mehrbaani (ufone style), please don't call them snaps!! Snaps you take from a mobile phone!!!!!

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhbjadoon View Post
    excellent guys ....

    @DEE DEE

    boss ab kahan ki tiyari karon
    haan kuch garam kapray nikaal loo... Babusar pass pey baarish ho rahi hai...

    I guess Guru G reached jalkhad and pictures from my side till Jalkhad will be posted tonight InshaAllah...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hayzin View Post
    Amazing! Mind blowing photography and editing! This is the stuff dreams are made of and you guys are truly living yours Mashallah!
    I see a video documentary in the making!
    So nice of you. Really trying to think if I enjoyed the off roading or the photography more. Heck, lets just say we enjoyed whatever the Punga threw at us.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajab9007 View Post
    Thread of the year!
    Don't know about thread of the year sir, but definitely was the trip of the year for all of us who participated.

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWB25 View Post
    Hats off to Team Unimog ...especially the G4 gang...
    Delightful writeup and awesome pictorial...
    Inspirational stuff really...
    Congratualtions for the successful completion of yet another Punga...

    Thanks KWB25. I hear that you have built up that 60 now. And that she likes mud. How about giving her a dose with us next time around?

    Rao.
    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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