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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    hey its me AHMAD BUTT......finally im here, thankx for the lovely intro......my face is luking yaaakhhh.... but I love your photography....very AWSUM GG......
    Yaar Butt, iss kay aagay mein kya bolo yaaakhhh face waalay! Thanks boy. Enjoyed your company, keep frequenting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkpanther View Post
    WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! excellent guys

    Rao man u have done it bro.. excellent pic bro..


    MORE MORE MORE MORE plz
    Pinky copy, Pinky copy.

    Thanks bro, more coming up shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fobak View Post
    superb man love it, the pics are awsome nice track u choose guys, well done unimog team
    Thanks fobak! The track was 2000kms long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Hahahahah! DD, Bash ney leynay kay liyay nahin bola tha. I don't remember a single shot of me being captured, but thanks a lot man. I actually still don't know anything about vehicles, but with friends like you guys and a few others, I don't need to. Love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asifcae View Post
    @ Rao great picx man
    which Cam u r using
    if u r intreted in some of my pics u can chek out the following linkx. i am into photography as well

    K2/Gondogro La - a set on Flickr

    Lakes - a set on Flickr

    Landscapes - a set on Flickr

    thankx and great going
    Sir thanks a lot. Its an aging Nikon D70s, I used a circular polarizer for some of the landscapes mounted on to a Nikon 16-35 f4 AFS VR mostly with a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM for the telephoto shots. Was carrying a Teleconvertor with me with and a neutral density filter also, but didn't get to use them and the 5 other lenses with me, most were primes. But again, equipment, old or new, good or bad, I feel is not important.

    I'll be sure to check out your links soon inshallah.

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    @Rao
    D70 is a great body. u have sum great equipment tooo. great shots. keep it up

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    Oye DD, khudaa ka khauf karr dost, angles tou dekh liya karr, my curves are very pronounced!! Must have been after a meal!

    Jigger, no more GG time please.

    Fresh pics coming up soon guys.

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    Right on the shores of our stop for tea, self made, at Jalkhad. For those not familiar, the drive from Naran to Jalkhad is superb, you should try it, as its not that far off from Islamabad.

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    Enjoying this wonderful thread
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    Side road off of the main Naran - Jalkhad road.

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    Love birds, Mr. Butt, and Mr. Adeel Khalid (DD). Intense romance.

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    Local of Jalkhad.


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    Yaar, iss larke ko dekhon. Pehlay sutta, now cheers?!? Shame shame!


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    rides parked to have a show off session right after landslide area ....

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