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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 Ahmz View Post
    hey guys , dnt get panic .........i am here .....!!!

    you all guys are waiting for the vich list , ok tomorrow i gona disclose the viched ppl of the trip ..........how they got vich and where they got viched...lamooooooo
    For those having trouble understanding what Ahmed Butt is saying, I shall try to translate. Basically, tomorrow he's cordially going to disclose and discuss about those people who fell ill, made bloopers, in the areas where these activities took place.

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    [QUOTE=DeeDee;2931425]TU proudly present the young show offs


    hey .....by this pictures you can analyze the best Jays Model ...lolll
    when nothing else do the job "TU has the solution"
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    For those having trouble understanding what Ahmed Butt is saying, I shall try to translate. Basically, tomorrow he's cordially going to disclose and discuss about those people who fell ill, made bloopers, in the areas where these activities took place.

    Rao.


    wesy main ny b to same he likha tha ............
    when nothing else do the job "TU has the solution"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    khochay budhay yeh youngster ka show off thaa...
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    now this is you can say the real show off and stylo picha'zzzz
    hhhmmm yahn py hum model kehla sakty hain
    elz yu can chk on facebook as welll ...lollll
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    The lovely area of Chillum. Surprisingly, this is where the whether took a big u-turm, most of the journey had been comfortable, but the higher you rose towards Deosai, the more chilly the weather got. I cannot stress what a treat to the eye this area was. Small river tributaries, lush green, a very interesting dirt road, water falls. It would have been great to take lots of more pictures of this area, only I had to drive on


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    Rao, its too good, now we anxiously wait for the camp site night vision shot under moon lite<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>

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    Quote Originally Posted by ams0007 View Post
    Rao, its too good, now we anxiously wait for the camp site night vision shot under moon lite<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    Thank you Ahmed. More coming up next post right now.

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    Serene Chillum. There was no noise of anything but the quiet of mother nature. Lovely place. Again, I have to say the photos don't do justice. I wish I could have braked for a while in the day and just taken in the lovely landscape. Unfortunately, we were pushing for time.

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    This was the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland, and we were out hunting for the finest Swiss cheese and dairy products!

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    Camping at Chillum. The idea was to go ahead into Deosai and camp the night over there. In hindsight, while I initially opposed the idea of staying in Chillum and urged to push to Deosai, I think it was a good idea to do a day pass at Deosai and spend the night camping at Chillum. It was freezing cold the whole night, and throughout, I was just imagining how the weather would have been had we camped at Deosai instead. Great food was yet again cooked by the usual suspects but I think the first signs of travel wear out and ticklish temperaments were also experienced in lovely Chillum.

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    The first of the tents are up! DeeDee's mog was the sole source of light for us during setting up the tents and eating. Allah Deemog ko zindagi dey. Helped us a lot whenever we needed loads of light.

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    Please notice the change in outfits! Yes, we started to feel the cold. This was also my first experience of night photography, and its a whole different ball game. I'm not too fond of it, perhaps because I'm not very good at it yet. Its too clumsy, you need a tripod, you need a kick butt camera to ensure focus gets locked, you need to point a light at the subject, or else you're just going to be shooting to infinity, bulb mode keeping the shuuter engaged Aaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!! . Different experience, but perhaps too tedious. I didn't enjoy it too much. Its so much easier and more enjoyable to visualize, frame, capture and smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    The first of the tents are up! DeeDee's mog was the sole source of light for us during setting up the tents and eating. Allah Deemog ko zindagi dey. Helped us a lot whenever we needed loads of light.

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    Excellent shot!!!
    LEDs are doing a great job....DeeMog ki jayho...
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Please notice the change in outfits! Yes, we started to feel the cold.

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    this image with yuou guys having layers of clothings is sending cold shivers down the spine...
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    Moon light was the only source of light after we decided to give the flood lights on DeeDee's Unimog a rest. Some of our romantic team mates kept looking for the Chaudvi Ka Chaand (the moon of the 14th), I guess they found it albeit behind some clouds.


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    Amazing trip.And the 2010 trip too.
    Excellent photography and narration.
    What are the total costs of this trip and if someone amongst you remember of your 2010 trip?
    And are any other mogs available in Pakistan and for how much you bought these?And whats the model year of these two?And whats the engine cc of these two?

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    oh khair :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Camping at Chillum. The idea was to go ahead into Deosai and camp the night over there. In hindsight, while I initially opposed the idea of staying in Chillum and urged to push to Deosai, I think it was a good idea to do a day pass at Deosai and spend the night camping at Chillum. It was freezing cold the whole night, and throughout, I was just imagining how the weather would have been had we camped at Deosai instead. Great food was yet again cooked by the usual suspects but I think the first signs of travel wear out and ticklish temperaments were also experienced in lovely Chillum.

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    Rigs are looking much more agressive
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Please notice the change in outfits! Yes, we started to feel the cold. This was also my first experience of night photography, and its a whole different ball game. I'm not too fond of it, perhaps because I'm not very good at it yet. Its too clumsy, you need a tripod, you need a kick butt camera to ensure focus gets locked, you need to point a light at the subject, or else you're just going to be shooting to infinity, bulb mode keeping the shuuter engaged Aaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!! . Different experience, but perhaps too tedious. I didn't enjoy it too much. Its so much easier and more enjoyable to visualize, frame, capture and smile.

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    @RAO.....bohat aaala

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    very nice intro of the awesome trip.

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