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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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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Tomorrow, I will post pictures of Sheosar Lake. You shall love those. Its easily the most beautiful lake I have seen.

    Hope you guys enjoyed this batch of pics.

    Rao.
    Sir G every picture is quotable & thumbs up, but I am only pressing ""Like" tag
    all the shoots are calender shots & again JAZAKALLAHA for sharing them & taking us with you
    http://www.pakwheels.com/forums/members-member-rides/266031-accord7362s-merc-thanks-god-loved-ones-who-remember-me-prayers ,199119-thanks-god-2011-ford-edge-limited-awd-3-5-v6

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    Quote Originally Posted by junaidahmad View Post
    Great batch of Mighty Deosai
    Thanks J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdevil View Post
    Rao.. very neatly captured... carpet of flowers for miles.......good work bro.
    Thanks Asad bro. Actually should have taken many more pictures of Deosai, but the terrain was all the same, beauty everywhere. Didn't know what to do.

    Rao.
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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 fihsak View Post
    the colors of the flowers change after every mile or so n each color was a new n different from the previous
    Ye kaun hain? What did you do to my friend Fihsak who never posts such things? Mein marjaawan teyree color scheming pey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    Gr8 going rao.....
    Thanks Z.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MITSU_MAN View Post
    @Fishak

    Hahaha.....well since you were his pointer...err....oops...sorry....navigator, you would be the best judge on his driving skills, whether he is ready for the African or just the desi Dakar..... !

    @RAO

    Burning clutch or a fuming engine.....thanks to you amigo(s), this car has finally seen it all ......from the sands of Gwadar, Jhal, Mithi, Cholistan to the sands of Deosai!!!
    Built to be an off-roader, guess, it couldn't ask for anything more in it's life time ..........Jayho!
    True that Mitsu Man, bechaari kee bohot ley lee hain ab
    She's undergone a suspension rebuild since the trip, I could easily spot the bush set that came out due to a result of abuse in Jhal, and the ones that came out due to the bloody KKH!

    She's going to be turned into a tourer from now on even though power and speed is good these days. This rally shally is not for me, I'm going North baby! And in this case, the grass will be greener on the other side for sure!

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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 fihsak View Post
    ohhhh yeah i have seen his driving on skardu to jaglot road where he was doing some 90ish on the clock not even bothered by loaded trucks having tons of cargo at their back....

    the conversation v had of which some is
    Fihsak: side p le lo agay se loaded truck araha hay....
    rao: kahan hay, acha anay do apna kaam karega...

    truck driver: *&$#&^&#^@$@(^#$(&@^$(@#
    rao: bach gaya kameena...

    fihsak: kia kar raha GG abhi truck ko vich kar deta river indus me.....
    rao: sorry yaar, i didnt meant that
    Hahahha Fihsak, that was a crazy patch. I may have looked calm, but trust me bro, my stomach was hurting from nervousness cramps! If I were to do it again at the speed we were pulling, I would not do it with another pointer.

    Gents, meet my favorite pointer, saalay kay left right abhi tak is umar mein ghalat hain. He's a true pointer, you have to get used to him, he doesn't get used to the driver. After a while though, I figured out that when he says "Araam sey left karr Tora Bora ko", it meant that I should take a hard right really quickly.

    I love this guy, my favorite khocha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by accord7362 View Post
    Sir G every picture is quotable & thumbs up, but I am only pressing ""Like" tag
    all the shoots are calender shots & again JAZAKALLAHA for sharing them & taking us with you
    Meray dost! So kind sir, so kind. Next time, please do come with us instead of only being with us through the pics. Your "Like" button presses are not going un-noticed, thanks for your support.

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    Aur nazareen, Islamabad mein iftaari ka waqt ho chuka hain. Yeeeeehaaaaawwwww!!!!

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    @ Rao 10/10 for deosai start, both thumbs up

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    Deosai Begins...
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    raohamid boy buhat aala shot hai... lovely view of killer tora bora .... haan haan back ground mein weh mountain bhi nazar aa rahi hai

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Back on the road, and yes, that's the Killer in the background. Nanga Parbat. So we're at almost 14,000 ft and this thing is nearly twice the altitude.

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    you are pointer .... you were navigator.... agreed to TU#13 and GG

    how can you disobey LTC of G4.... teri will be tu....

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    yaar please pointer na keh atleast...
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    remember this water crossing from our last year tour de north 2010 when we spent 2 nights here due to flooding....

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    chillam chowki check post.... fazool ka time zaya....

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    Deosai here TU come

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    raohamid boy buhat aala shot hai... lovely view of killer tora bora .... haan haan back ground mein weh mountain bhi nazar aa rahi hai
    Hummm i got one too
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    rare pictures of Tora Bora

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