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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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    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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    DeeDee no show off....

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    That's it for me tonight guys. We're getting really close to the good stuff.

    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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    Lovely pics DD, over to you, please carry on. You show off!

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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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    real show off starts

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    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.
    Loves mud and is a work in progress sir...needs a heart transplant before such a tremendous journey...
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    show off ended.... Punga started hohahahahaha bhaag arjun bhaag
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    hahahaha ... DOINK DOINK !!!!

    thanks man i am soooo releeeeeaaaaved .... I was hating every pic before this ... and cursing in @Q$#@$#@#$ all sorts of languages from google translate app on bb ... bwuahahahaha ... for GG and bash on 2 months walking the walks and talking the talks ... and gym thing ...

    but stilll ... loooodzzz of improvement bro ... u r my shining light that i have to follow from now on ... lets hope its not "truck ki batti"
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    Roger , copy , Roger , @ Bash chilling A/C I wana share something .

    On way from Chilas to Babusar I was acting as navigator (AKA POINTOR) the classic breeze was making the weather and moood a real Mogger one. However therz a JAY who continue to turn on the chiller A/C saying "I AM A SOFTY ONE and cant bare the dust and breeze coming in . RAO any idea who was that ?????
    Over & Out


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    My favorite on the trip, why? Well It had everything you need on trips like this, good comfortable seats, nice sound system, chilling A/C, Power Steering, proper brakes, Roger peter, camel trophy, a roof and windows , bright lights, and above all the Most powerful and the fastest Engine in the lot.

    I was involved in the process of chipping this machine with Rao & can confidently say that this is the fastest Gen-1 of the globe which has given tough times to machines of the current era to run for there money

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    Its okay Bugzy, I don't ever take offence from you. I've got tough skin, and this side pose is just to make you look good baby.

    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 TeamUniMog13 View Post
    Roger , copy , Roger , @ Bash chilling A/C I wana share something .

    On way from Chilas to Babusar I was acting as navigator (AKA POINTOR) the classic breeze was making the weather and moood a real Mogger one. However therz a JAY who continue to turn on the chiller A/C saying "I AM A SOFTY ONE and cant bare the dust and breeze coming in . RAO any idea who was that ?????
    Over & Out
    Rao: Saleem copy Saleem copy.

    Saleem: "Hann Rao, kaisa hain jigger! Kya ho raha hain %$#$%. Oh %$#$$% teri mein %$##$%, yaar ye wireless $$#%^^ kitnee fit cheez hain ^%$$#. Acha sunn, tu kidher hain, oh acha acha, nazar aa raha hain %$#$%, meray samnay hain, aur sunna %$#$$% ke %%$#, biwi bachay fit hain? Kiddher ho ta hain aaj kal %$#$$, iss %$#$%^ mog kee water crossing deykhee thee? Skardu mein mill tay hain %$#$%^ bohot pyaas lag rahee hain %^&(($. Battery is %$#$% kee khatam ho rahee hain, theeek hain, &%$#$ bye &%$#$.......... oh hann, kya kehtay hain, Roger!"

    Rao: You mean, Over!

    Saleem: Hann hann %$#@#%, wohee, zyada English na bann %$#@#. Over kay bachay!

    Rao: Roger, Saleem, over and out.

    Rao to Navigator : We're screwed. That was a public frequency.

    Navigator to Rao : Ab kya ho ga Rao bhai?

    Rao to Navigator : You shut up!



    No idea! Pata nahin kiss kissam kay logo kay saath tum ride karr rahain thay. AC at Babusar Top, cheetah banda ho ga

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    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    any volunteers to help me edit video footage of trip?
    my regular slave has pissed of to Karachi!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    yeh woh toh hai ....aur MR. CHOTTA DIY b..... aur MOG ka REplacement driver b .. ...wow im happpy
    welcome to PW Butt boy....
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    Its okay Bugzy, I don't ever take offence from you. I've got tough skin, and this side pose is just to make you look good baby.

    Rao.
    hamid bhai ive "gone beyond this point" .. u r now infact sleeker then me
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    DeeDee no show off....

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    Current situation of on the points board

    After 17 pages of Hawt Pics of G4

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugzy View Post
    hamid bhai ive "gone beyond this point" .. u r now infact sleeker then me
    Bugzy Allah karay taira pait kharab hojaey, tujhay motions lag jaein 10din kay leay.... easiest way to loose weight with loose motions....
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    Thumbs up Please Dont Try This at Home!

    Go to North

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    Bugzy Allah karay taira pait kharab hojaey, tujhay motions lag jaein 10din kay leay.... easiest way to loose weight with loose motions....
    "please dont try this at home"
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    Quote Originally Posted by romano View Post
    any volunteers to help me edit video footage of trip?
    my regular slave has pissed of to Karachi!
    romano what kind of volunteers support you are seeking. can overseas like me, Atta and Butt will be of some help... let us know..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    Go to North
    How about stomach upset while in North ????
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    @asifcae, nice photo-streams you have there, good coverage of China+1

    Quote Originally Posted by asifcae View Post
    @ Rao great picx man
    which Cam u r using
    if u r interested in some of my pics u can check out the following links. 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
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    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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    it keeps you light , obviously the driver gets a little annoyed on frequent brakes, however you can put him on drinking lots of water!

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    How about stomach upset while in North ????
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