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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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    Smile Get Your 20 Horses Back - But Dont Try This at Home

    The feeling after removing this carbon coal I was literally cruising up-hill without any smoke, someone in TU13 said it because of the Diesel quality we get here, I think we cant subtract the dust factor!

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    also the reason of 1feet red hot flame on Motorway detailed earlier...
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    Default I learned the Correct Method to Put the Top Down!

    Yes the Manuals are helpful "at time" , notice the difference between BeeMog's Soft-Top folding in early and later pictures of trip

    And these Cabin brackets were wonderful, after reducing the Air Pressure to 18, honestly I was loving the KKH, and all bumps, speed breakers, ditches were seamless!

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    Default DIY before Buying Eggs from place where they are not produced!

    Romano purchased eggs and we went to picnic spot. He told Mickie to use a glass, put the egg first in the glass and if its all right then put it in the pan for cooking, Mickie followed the SOP explained above and first 3 eggs were rotten.

    Mr. Tanzeem walked inn with his Physics Scientific reason handbook booti, and said put the water in a pateela and put all eggs in them, the 1 which submerges are fine and other are rotten, we did that and all of them were floating. So initially the senior members (who didnt had read these scientific reasons) didnt agreed but we had no other choice, so went back to chilass and returned them, check two other shops and didnt find them, then went to an hotel and purchased eggs on premium price (Chilaas is a poor place to have food)

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    leaving Challas for DIYs on rides and rest of the party for picnic in lovely weather of challas....
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    Talking I thought it was DeeDee

    @DeeDee, I made 6 Italiano showarma roles for you my friend and you didnt event offered me!

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    Bash proved to be the glutton of all...
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    Smile New Title: What Do You Want??

    The picture says it all

    By the way Rao, Mr. Dee was still complaining about the limited stock of cheese omelets we had your place!

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    Rao, fihsak and Butt you guys are late for lunch...

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    DeeDee, you need to reset the time to GMT+5 on your travelogues, I was there at 12:30

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    Bash left the picnic to deliver DeeDee a lunch around 5 o clock .... thanks Bash for bringing such a great Italiano thing....
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    JayHo!

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    ZABARDAST, Bohat Aala
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    Default Japanese Honey Moon Couple was doing there part

    Good Shot Tanzeem & Azhar, you climbed that hill??

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    Default Rao You focus on Gen-2, let me have a look at this

    MashaAllah!

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    Chilaas.

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    Default Top-10 of Rao Hamid!

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    Chilaas kay bacha log! Quite an eccentric bunch.
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    Here's a slightly different pose with strange hand signals. I think if they were older, they would probably be implying something irate.

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    Lovely expressions, one of the best pictures
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    We celebrated the Air Pressure Theory of MTs on Nanga Parbat View Point, we asked DD to go ahead since he didnt followed it in the start

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    Default wish we could have a clear view of Nanga Parbat

    I sat in Toora Boora for 2 min to park it on the other side of the road for this shot, it had an A/C, man all together a different feeling inside the cab

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    On personal note, I hate the drive from Jaglot to Astore, road is narrow and river is deep fast, very narrow valley, it changes once you cross Astore!

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    This one is just to give you a perspective. Old KKH on the right, new KKH on the left. I was trying to figure out which one looked better, I soon rested my case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    The picture says it all

    By the way Rao, Mr. Dee was still complaining about the limited stock of cheese omelets we had your place!

    By the way Bash, Mr. Dee was also complaining about the numerous hairs that were floating when BeeMog was in front into his Mog!
    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
    Yes the Manuals are helpful "at time" , notice the difference between BeeMog's Soft-Top folding in early and later pictures of trip

    And these Cabin brackets were wonderful, after reducing the Air Pressure to 18, honestly I was loving the KKH, and all bumps, speed breakers, ditches were seamless!

    Good advice for free doesn't come easily in today's day and age. You're welcome Bash.

    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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    and air con in 4WDs is for wimps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor View Post
    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?
    Thanks Doctor. Cost is dependent on too many variables and will vary from group to group, suffice is to say that the most costly expense will be that of fuel. The engines are the same in both the Mogs and are 2400 diesels. The rest of the mog questions will have to be answered by the owners.

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    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by romano View Post
    and air con in 4WDs is for wimps.
    It is, in Italy!! You seemed to be enjoying it just fine! Thanks for coming on the thread, and yet again throwing a right hook when its least needed and called for. Ridiculous.

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    But, life goes on. From RKR to MMC. 4x4 Engaged? Team Unimog, Pakistan

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    oh Boo Hoo softie :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    DeeDee, you need to reset the time to GMT+5 on your travelogues, I was there at 12:30
    time reset Bash still showing 50 .... yaar i missed the major Egg wala DIY and everyone can guess how much it took to find fresh eggs
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