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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 Zarar___ View Post
    ur every picture is dark...why?
    Two reasons:
    1- I don't like overly bright and extremely saturated photos.
    2- You need to get your monitor calibrated.

    However, correct, most are dark, as that is the mood I have in mind when I take these photos. You'll see some bright ones later on from me, and trust me, you won't enjoy them as much as they are snaps, not pictures

    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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    this was dry in terms of chashmas and glacier near Naran and Jalkhad in comparision to last year ....

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    TU rides going no where without a show off foto shoot by local tourist

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    TU rides going no where without a show off foto shoot by local tourist

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    yeh toh hona he hai ..........Dmog and Bmog.......rockX

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    breakfast at khaghan.... Romano initiated the process.... challo bhai mobile signal aa rahay hain.... zara status update kerlo saray
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    road to jalkhad and BeeMog on cruise control.... unique feature only in mogs...
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    conductors-Junaid and Tanzeem (beauty and beast)
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    we were not interested crossing nalas through bridges rather viched style show off TU way....
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    reached Jalkhad after dont know how many hours drive.... Mickie has the record....
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    acha tu isko mango kehtay hain....

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    TU Team - All tuned - Great pics, please keep'em rolling.

    BTW - Please guide following:

    Is it possible to visit north following same route as yours with one vehicle only and with family (couple) and toddlers?

    What about peace conditions and fuel, food and shelter availability?

    How much grands to take along?

    DOs & DONTs?

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    Never go offroading alone!!!you never know when you need a push!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    @GG
    anything for G4 man, yeh tu sirf auto parts hain
    i heard someone saying my D70 is retired, so i would offer a safe house for retired D70s at my place send her over i can take care of her as per our agreement

    @ajab
    yeah i saw u people n i kinda sensed someone from peshawar n the way u guys were looking at us
    you guys should have stopped for a cup of tea at chillas, i discovered a chai dhabaa there n the tea was awesome man
    hope to see u soon in peshawar

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    i hope u wont say again for changing the trucklite flood lite edition else u will be viched

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    search for a inline Sex petrol engine for mog for proof BeeMog
    at first glimpse i was asking asking my self yara kashif dai kana again n again but when i recognized u it was all o yes the mogs are here n every1 was like ajab are u gone mad..khair any how started to tell them the whole story of mogsters.....as for chai stop we were already late for astore ....we started early morning from naran stopped for lunch at lulusar lake .....stopped for refueling at chilas around 7 pm then 120 am we reached astore.
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    O Great. Thank you guys for a virtual tour of such a beautiful Pakistan. You guys are awesome and thats a remarkable tour.

    God bless you. please keep touring and sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    @Jadoon, similar feelings we have, 30min/pic is a huge amount of time, efforts from Rao Hamid to share these gems with everyone here on Pakwheels deserve a salute!



    @autoSlaVe, thank you for the kind words, Aftaar ka waqt hua chahta hey



    @ams0007, right now I am feeling like that nick suggested by Rao "IlIkeToEatKidsInAftaaR", we also need your input on the forum since you have the pictures. Also Pls update on the BeeMog Auto Pilot video we did in Jalkhad?



    @fihsak, hope that you must have enjoyed , UFU kashif, no excuses accepted for the slackness!






    @NN, thank you sir



    @Misteek, thank you, we also used BB but posting pictures from the phone are banned by our LTC



    @everyone, leave the faces, just notice the color of the shirt



    @ajab9007, we need someone else from peshawar to company kashif, he didnt spoke Pushto for a week and was feeling very lonely , it would be fun to have you company next year!



    @ehsankiani, JayHo



    @accord7362, Thank You Sir, why you mentioned only Saleem "TU13" only , just kidding



    @spidy, thank you doost!



    @istafa111, Thank You



    @Hayzin, Thank You, I guess Romano would be working on the serious documentary of this unique adventure!



    @aja9007, Thank You, trip of the year!


    @KWB25, Thank You



    @Khanmomar, Thank You



    @bug, Thank You, but you seems to be hibernated, Romano was missing something there, I dont remember it was bug or the beetle





    No More Soota, we are leaving that culture to Ahmed Butt the new entry in TU!



    @daniyalahmad, Thank You friend!
    @Basharatu
    thanks for the offer.......its always fun to be with you guys. inshallah in the upcoming summers i will try my level best to join on your trip.very hard for a pukhtoon guy to not speak pushtoo for a week
    Never go offroading alone!!!you never know when you need a push!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Two reasons:
    1- I don't like overly bright and extremely saturated photos.
    2- You need to get your monitor calibrated.

    However, correct, most are dark, as that is the mood I have in mind when I take these photos. You'll see some bright ones later on from me, and trust me, you won't enjoy them as much as they are snaps, not pictures

    Rao.
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    lovely pictures .... waiting for more..
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