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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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    Default Asad Ufone!

    Asad was definitely the most balanced man in the team. He was full of enthusiasm when needed to be, a hard worker, great company, responsible and someone you could instantly connect with. We at TU look forward to spending many more trips with Asad.

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    Default DeeDee tera deewar dewaana!!

    DD, the man who kept his cool, throughout the trip. He also showed off some major balls, as the driver of DeeMog (one of the Unimogs). Relentless efforts by him were made on both Unimogs in Lahore to get them up and running and trip worthy. Also the LTC of G4 and a fine friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamUniMog13 View Post
    @DD : Roger , Copy, Roger DD boy tell me how far u can see ?
    copy that TU13

    i cant see a thing... its loadshedding here.... teri tu ....
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    Default Bash, Basheer, Basharat, Bashartu

    Bashartu is very Sharartu. Bash helped me with so much work on my ride before the trip, he was there through thick and thin, through good days and through trying times. No doubt, the most experienced person on the trip and also someone who has circled the northern areas of Pakistan every since he was just a child. Basharat drove BeeMog, and was tireless and fearless throughout the trip. I cannot imagine going on a trip to the North without Bash by my side. Bash, teri bhee jay ho! Another close friend, as he's the final part after Kashif, DD, and myself who comprise of the G4.

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    That's all for tonight gents. Hope you're enjoying the pics.

    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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    ^ Surely we did enjoy them.
    Will be waiting for more pictures.
    One of the most difficult things in the world is to know how to do something, and to watch without comment, somebody else do it incorrectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    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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    caring towards all TU members and prove to be the best cheff so far
    and remember that he suggested the DIY on DeeMog coming down from Babusar when our minds were not thinking out of the buxa

    Romano ki tu Jayho...

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    Thumbs up Beyond the call of duty.

    Boys: You made all the difference in the world!
    Thank you for gathering all the data, editing, posting stuff


    Congratulations on doing a superb job, Team Unimog 2011 trip celebration time.
    You will be proud of the wonderful drive that you can only get in Pakistan.

    Great effort to continue another Punga this year too, accept my sincere compliments on all your hard work which was not possible without loyalty and devotion.

    I know how much goes into these events, beginning with the parade and ending with the late evening fireworks.


    I know that many of you literally went the extra mile to deliver this thread.

    Beyond the call of duty.

    All others will be winched.

    Janj

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    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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    Atta the one of the man rather only adventure photogragher in the group who by his own will stood for 45mins in Bara pani to capture the VDO of BeeMog, Tora Bora and DeeMog water crossing... and all the time we only prayed for the handycam to reach us safely.... he was also with TU in Team Unimog Punga 2010.... best Jay....

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Asad was definitely the most balanced man in the team. He was full of enthusiasm when needed to be, a hard worker, great company, responsible and someone you could instantly connect with. We at TU look forward to spending many more trips with Asad.

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    ^^+1 and was a part time navigator in DeeMog.... i met Asad for the first time and found him a good company for future expeditions as well...

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    Subscribed - Before it hit 50k hits

    Hats off guys....! Best as it should be - pls keep rolling the visuals ASAP.

    BTW - whats the criteria to join TU and to accompany a trip with you guys.

    Stay blessed and Ramadan Mubarak.
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    Good Going Guys ...

    Cant wait to see rest of the adventure unfold ...
    "" PAKISTAN ZINDABAD ""

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    zada hi tareef ho gai hai atta ki....sar hi na char jae....just joking
    see u in naran in 2012 inshAllah

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    My o my o my.......excellent write up Rao. Good job TU + TDs (3 Diamonds) i am sure the trip must have been as exciting as the write up. The pics are coming but you guys need to speed it up..... the mivec has already kicked in

    Congrats once again.......

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    Read the message written on Romano's Shirt, this was his feeling while traveling in the night


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    caring towards all TU members and prove to be the best cheff so far
    and remember that he suggested the DIY on DeeMog coming down from Babusar when our minds were not thinking out of the buxa

    Romano ki tu Jayho...

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    Thumbs up The 13th Warrior

    He was our 13th warrior, when 12 of us were low on energy due to High altitude and extreme wind-chill and rain in Deosai, Saleem was the guy who came and Joined TO by sheer luck (the way he caught the flight)

    Excellent Pictures Rao!!

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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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    @Adeel, do you know who owns Gitidas these days?

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    Thumbs up Nice Picture Again!

    And almost full-time Navigator of BeeMog, best part was Auto Drive from BataKundi to Jalkhad and night descent from Babusar to Chilaas & also part time BeeMog driver on terrains like DeoSai

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    @ Machine & Khanrocks, Thank You Guys, I think we will be able to see the rides soon, intro of 2 or 3 Jays is left!


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    Hats off guys....! Best as it should be - pls keep rolling the visuals ASAP.

    BTW - whats the criteria to join TU and to accompany a trip with you guys.

    Stay blessed and Ramadan Mubarak.
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    Good Going Guys ...

    Cant wait to see rest of the adventure unfold ...

    @Zarar, we missed you on the trip, I doubt Naran would be in our route for 2012, would be moving towards in the different direction next year IA

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    see u in naran in 2012 inshAllah
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    O.sum write up & start Boys

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