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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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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnam View Post
    100 mah say 300 marks well done ur team are best offroaders
    thanks veitnam for nice words

    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    last time apne business mein tha is liyay chala gaya but is dafa job thi or chuti nai mili is liyay nai gaya i will join team unimog punga 2012...inshAllah
    yes boy i understand how much you missed.... InshaAllah see you in Naran in 2012
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    hardcore TU member indeed and we are proud of you Zarar...


    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    this thread is going to be the largest thread on PW after unimog punga project.....DD keep rolling the pics fast cant w8
    InshaAllah we will try to maintain standard set by us
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    Boyzzzzzzzzzz, push ur arsses and load the pics asap..........

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    yaar Bash let me recall what they call in Shigar to a person who leave the group without saying bye bye....
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    I'm not sure who this TeamUnimog number 13 is, but I have a feeling. Please put your hands together for Mr. Saleem Ullah of Ufone. Mr. Ullah was the energy within the team, even though he started his journey with us at Deosai, and left like a ghost at Islamabad motorway interchange without saying bye. But we love him, so here's the tribute. He also makes the best damn Tandooris in town.

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    And again, kudos to the youngest TU member, Mr. Mian Mikael Maneka of Aitchison from Lahore. Also happens to be my nephew. I'm proud of you big man. Hope you have come back to your senses after returning to Lahore Here's one from Khaalu Mickie!

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    and we hate rich people who dont share diamonds with the clan.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    yaar Bash let me recall what they call in Shigar to a person who leave the group without saying bye bye....
    Mochi?

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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 Basharatu View Post
    @GG, excellent write-up my friend, loving it, seems like I am back on the solitude of the altitude .

    Where our friend Pathan friend who was having attitude issue on altitude??
    Bash, I'm loving your attitude that puts you on solitude at altitude.

    You know our Pathan friend, seems like he is performing a double roza in Peshawar. Yes, he had big attitude problems at altitude, too bad that was his fortitude

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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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    Default Bad Pithi

    Speaking of Pathans, everybody, please put your hands together for the bloody sexiest Pathan in the world! Mr. Brad Pitt, I mean, Mr. Bad Phitti. Proud member of G4. Mr. Kashif Qayyum Da Khan Da.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    I'm not sure who this TeamUnimog number 13 is, but I have a feeling. Please put your hands together for Mr. Saleem Ullah of Ufone. Mr. Ullah was the energy within the team, even though he started his journey with us at Deosai, and left like a ghost at Islamabad motorway interchange without saying bye. But we love him, so here's the tribute. He also makes the best damn Tandooris in town.

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    yes he was the active Jay around and someone in balakot quoted Bash "you and your ------- friend" we still love him and will always love him though hes a rich Jay lakin Vich hotay zeyada dair nahi lagti....
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    Ahmed Butt was another cheetah of the younger members of TU. Thank God he was way young, otherwise the mountains can be lonely. Great chap, especially was a great chap on the way back. Truly took matters into his own hands, what lovely commitment by this young one. Bless him.


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    ^^ O! And Mama, Papa, that was my cigarette, he was just posing

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Speaking of Pathans, everybody, please put your hands together for the bloody sexiest Pathan in the world! Mr. Brad Pitt, I mean, Mr. Bad Phitti. Proud member of G4. Mr. Kashif Qayyum Da Khan Da.


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    hes the supplyline rather lifeline of G4... he supplied as many lights that we still are unable to mount on our rides....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    gud start RKR.....bohat intazar kerwaya ha is thread ke liyay....intazar kerna b chahiyay kyun k i m also a member of TU....w8ing for lots of pics n videos
    Zarar, you have no excuses to miss out next time boy! Apply for leaves from now!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    and we hate rich people who dont share diamonds with the clan.....
    @DD : Roger , Copy, Roger DD boy tell me how far u can see ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Speaking of Pathans, everybody, please put your hands together for the bloody sexiest Pathan in the world! Mr. Brad Pitt, I mean, Mr. Bad Phitti. Proud member of G4. Mr. Kashif Qayyum Da Khan Da.


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    kashif qayyum .rustam house.34th entry kohatian?

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    Default Saleem Ullah looking hotter than Gitidas!

    Yaar, I am so tempted to quote the way Mr. Saleem Ullah was communicating on the wireless radio. But, I shall refrain for a day or two. Too good ma man!
    Since I am missing Saleem, I shall yet again post one more pic of him.

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    Default Romano!

    Please welcome Mr. Romano Karim. Its difficult to describe a man who has such common sense, as then everything seems to not make sense. A true inspiration for the lesser prepared, an asset for every expedition, always prepared. Romano always had the right advice to give at the right time, and without him and his exceptional cooking skills, we all would have lost a lot more weight.

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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Ahmed Butt was another cheetah of the younger members of TU. Thank God he was way young, otherwise the mountains can be lonely. Great chap, especially was a great chap on the way back. Truly took matters into his own hands, what lovely commitment by this young one. Bless him.


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    Guru G you really got pro pictures... maza aa gaya yaar picture quality daikh kay...

    i guess Butt is only lightening up the ciggerette for GG .... he has the high Attitude sickness because he didnt had ample water viched in while going up Babusar.... he was the best Chotta Mr. DIY and proved to be the best replacement Unimog driver while i was viched near Bhera on wayback after driving DeeMog for 35hours from Chillas....

    Ahmed Butt ki Jayho!!

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    Default Atta, the man a small body, but a huge heart!

    Another youngster, who has undoubtedly won the respect of many of us seniors. His dedication and commitment to the whole trip will forever be cherished. What spirit, what amazing attitude. A true team player, and ready to take things to the next level when nobody else was. Jay ho Atta kee!!

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