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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 bugzy View Post
    How about stomach upset while in North ????
    how about????? you tell us
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    thankfully, have not come across a situation like that so far

    yaaar leg pulling hi kartay raheingey ya pics bhi upload kareingey ????

    rozaydaar hein viewers .... is terha tarsa tarsa k bura haal na karein ....

    have mercy G4!!!! pls
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Seriously, I'm actually editing them as we're going along. One pic sometimes takes longer than 30 minutes bro. I shall try my best.

    Rao.
    Which software, and 30 mins :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    I think Asad ko Khan Sb pasand aa gayay. Rishta pakka??

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    @ Rao, you have uploaded soo many beauty pics of Khan on this thread kay khan abb lift nahee karay ga/ge

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    The Fields of Gold
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    Just for every body else info these Gold fields are owned by one of our freinds, Jee han TU-13

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    Default Its time to vich in the ice

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    when real show off starts?

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    Default show off starts in 3 2 1...

    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    when real show off starts?

    test of articulation...
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    more of the show off

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    Lulusar Lake - Level was low, and honestly, it was my first view of Lulusar Lake, but I have to say it looks better in photos than it does in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Yaar Butt, iss kay aagay mein kya bolo yaaakhhh face waalay! Thanks boy. Enjoyed your company, keep frequenting.

    Rao.

    wasnt there any koool picha of mine.............but seriously mje pata nai tha k mere elva k koi shok rkhta hai .............lolll

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    The plains of Gitidas. Perhaps for me, this area was most majestic. There was always a magical sensation here. And perhaps, what made it even more intriguing for me was that I was on everyone's case to actually go down to the epicenter, but none of the locals or the experienced travelers with us said it was a good idea. You kept hearing that within an hour of approaching the main Gitidas area, we would be completely mugged. Not sure if that's true, but wasn't going to try and find out.

    I present, the lovely Gitidas a short distance from Babusar Top via Lulusar Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    wasnt there any koool picha of mine.............but seriously mje pata nai tha k mere elva k koi shok rkhta hai .............lolll
    here u go
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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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