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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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    Thoroughly enjoying the pics, vdos n the commentary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    Hellooo everyone, i have promised to upload (vich-list) today but i vain just because i am having fever 101.9, i cant concentrate....Sorry, I'll upload the list as soon as possible.

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    Means u are again Viched !!!

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    The GG
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    Thoroughly enjoying the thread!

    I have come across a few people acknowledging Fishak (Teri Tu!) cooking skills .... I hope I get the chance to experience it soon

    Excellent show offs !!!! But I have not seen any GG Show Offs!! which is kind of weird after the snow rally stand off

    keep the pics and vids coming ... long way ahead and it was a slow drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Chilaas.

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    @RAO

    BEAUTIFUL!
    Dakar......here I come.....
    MEN DO IT AT DAKAR!!!

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    Oye Zarar! Teri mehrbaani (ufone style), please don't call them snaps!! Snaps you take from a mobile phone!!!!!

    Rao.
    Thats what you called pro Photography ! Lovely Rao bh

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    Smile Expression!

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    Baaki sub tu theek hey lakin Mr. Romano's expressions in the background are not looking good, I hope the J man reached home safe and sound
    lmao!! but it was not me where this expression was really expressed @chillas

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    Default khabardar... zuban ko lagam do....

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    the Pointer fihsak showing it off....

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    yaar please pointer na keh atleast...
    When Nothing Else Work, Team Unimog has the Solution....

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    While driving, I wasnt enjoying these honey boxes parked on the side of road, but this picture is saying that they deserved a focus like this




    Best colors, background picture on my BB now!



    We cant see the faces but can feel the joy these two are having, amazing shot again!



    Cloud effect on Mountains, again very different and very rare!
    Ala Pics!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    yaar please pointer na keh atleast...
    The Best pointer n Town

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    Hellooo everyone, i have promised to upload (vich-list) today but i vain just because i am having fever 101.9, i cant concentrate....Sorry, I'll upload the list as soon as possible.

    Thankx
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    Ahmad Butt
    again vich hogaya hay.... pani chik laaalaaaay
    When Nothing Else Work, Team Unimog has the Solution....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugzy View Post
    The GG
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    Thoroughly enjoying the thread!

    I have come across a few people acknowledging Fishak (Teri Tu!) cooking skills .... I hope I get the chance to experience it soon

    Excellent show offs !!!! But I have not seen any GG Show Offs!! which is kind of weird after the snow rally stand off

    keep the pics and vids coming ... long way ahead and it was a slow drive

    BR
    U are restricted to eat what the TU cooks coz i heard u r on a strict diet.... kuch tu khaof kar....
    When Nothing Else Work, Team Unimog has the Solution....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MITSU_MAN View Post
    @RAO

    BEAUTIFUL!
    Dakar......here I come.....
    Dear Guru, the Real Mitsu Guru, pranaam. Yes, now for improving the clutch plate! And then Dakar!

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MITSU_MAN View Post
    @RAO

    BEAUTIFUL!
    Dakar......here I come.....
    sir kindly elaborate the "Dakar" ye african language wala dakar hay ya urdu language wala
    When Nothing Else Work, Team Unimog has the Solution....

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    Rao: Saleem copy Saleem copy.

    Saleem: "Hann Rao, kaisa hain jigger! Kya ho raha hain %$#$%. Oh %$#$$% teri mein %$##$%, yaar ye wireless $$#%^^ kitnee fit cheez hain ^%$$#. Acha sunn, tu kidher hain, oh acha acha, nazar aa raha hain %$#$%, meray samnay hain, aur sunna %$#$$% ke %%$#, biwi bachay fit hain? Kiddher ho ta hain aaj kal %$#$$, iss %$#$%^ mog kee water crossing deykhee thee? Skardu mein mill tay hain %$#$%^ bohot pyaas lag rahee hain %^&(($. Battery is %$#$% kee khatam ho rahee hain, theeek hain, &%$#$ bye &%$#$.......... oh hann, kya kehtay hain, Roger!"

    Rao: You mean, Over!

    Saleem: Hann hann %$#@#%, wohee, zyada English na bann %$#@#. Over kay bachay!

    Rao: Roger, Saleem, over and out.

    Rao to Navigator : We're screwed. That was a public frequency.

    Navigator to Rao : Ab kya ho ga Rao bhai?

    Rao to Navigator : You shut up!



    No idea! Pata nahin kiss kissam kay logo kay saath tum ride karr rahain thay. AC at Babusar Top, cheetah banda ho ga

    Rao.
    This was very enjoyable, if you had heard rao bh speaking/mimicking this....ala

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamUniMog13 View Post
    The Best pointer n Town
    poniter tu pointer teri sari anay wali zaat, mein navigator hi theek hu na k teri tarah pointer
    When Nothing Else Work, Team Unimog has the Solution....

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    Lol. Yes, some Einstein in the group started calling the Navigator a Pointer. Now that is a brillaint change in terminology. I had three pointers on this trip. They were the best pointers in town

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by junaidahmad View Post
    This was very enjoyable, if you had heard rao bh speaking/mimicking this....ala
    Saleem Bhai is too bloody good. The best man on the wireless radios. Just keep him away from them next time around

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by junaidahmad View Post
    Thats what you called pro Photography ! Lovely Rao bh
    Thanks J Man. Glad you have finally awoken! Tube light.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bugzy View Post
    The GG
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    The Jays

    Thoroughly enjoying the thread!

    I have come across a few people acknowledging Fishak (Teri Tu!) cooking skills .... I hope I get the chance to experience it soon

    Excellent show offs !!!! But I have not seen any GG Show Offs!! which is kind of weird after the snow rally stand off

    keep the pics and vids coming ... long way ahead and it was a slow drive

    BR
    Bug, you are correct, I didn't show off enough on this trip. And when you have friends like I do who are only concerned about their own show off, why do you need to show off? DD, Bash, Kashif, point to be noted you show offs. Next trip, only I will show off and give out salaamis, you all behind the camera! Or of course, alternatively, you can deposit that money we spoke about in my bank.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    You can clearly see the road from Lulusar Lake area to Gitidas. This is the main route to Babusar Pass.

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    Beautiful Capture!
    Geetidas was one of the amazing valleys. Pictures are speaking of it

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