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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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    Its really amazing.Lovely pics of beautiful places and an excellent team.I feel as if I am there while looking at the pictures.Have been to Lowari top,Kalash valleys,Chitral,Shandur,Phunder,Gilgit,Hunza,Kagha n and Naran and Swat valley many times.But Deosai still left and now I feel as if I have been there by seeing these pics and what to say of your Burzil pass and Butogah top Pictures.Each and every picture is amazing.Its great to see these pics.Now the visit is a must.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    Yes from Day-3 onwards, he was the James Butt of TU13, khush hein butt sb?
    Mr James Butt.... hun aaram aey

    Bash i like it
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    Excellent going guys! Its been a treat to watch the excellent pics and read the wonderful lively commentary....Keep it all coming!

    I hope you guys are also gonna be doing a composite video documentary for the trip capturing the best stills and the videos. Bad Phit's debut release, you know All Jay no Jolie style!

    Hats off to Team TU!
    "If YOU don't believe in what you're doing it'll never work."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugzy View Post
    Another hour very well spent

    thanks GG for the lush pictures of the beautiful Deosai and narration
    thanks DD for the rare pictures

    khochay tu bohat fotogenic pathan hey

    great pics all the shooters

    loved the KILLER DEEMOG shots

    and loved the Tora Bora on Deosai with Mountain on the background

    Thank you guys
    you are welcome Bugzy boy.... stayed tuned for more rare pictures.... show tu abhi baki hai mairay dost....

    chall GG take us to Ssssssshoesar lake
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Excellent going guys! Its been a treat to watch the excellent pics and read the wonderful lively commentary....Keep it all coming!

    I hope you guys are also gonna be doing a composite video documentary for the trip capturing the best stills and the videos. Bad Phit's debut release, you know All Jay no Jolie style!

    Hats off to Team TU!
    thanks Suhaib and please be noted your absent on departure day had been marked ....

    sorry we cant share VDOs on pw because NATgeo took all our stuff.... you need to wait for sometime .... and Guru G not sharing his pro pictures with anyone and we just cant afford to pay him...... you know we are poor Jays .... stay tuned sir...
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    Nat Geo! Nice!
    http://groups.google.com.pk/group/vwcop

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    oye vich-list aa rahee hai .... sarray bachoo.... i mean saarray kay saaray.... Butt told me that its 80% done.... not sharing with me....
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    Ess say pehlay kay awam sarkoon pay ajayee, tyre jalay, roads block karay, sarkari amlaak koo nuksan poohancay pls upload the remaing pics <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Quote Originally Posted by romano View Post
    Nat Geo! Nice!
    where is the video romano?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sohaib93 View Post
    I have gone through all of the thread and it has given me nothing but inspiration .
    I am not a team player and bit of an introvert but these pictures (and description of-course) have had a profound impact on me ; such that I've promised myself to go on an expedition to explore northern Pakistan.
    Alone probably.
    Thanks so very much. You should however, not go alone, at least whilst we are here. Also important is that you go with a more experienced bunch the first time around.

    But you're correct, you should definitely go sir.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    Lovely pictures Rao!
    Thanks bash. You know how lovely it was there anyways.

    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
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    Great going Mr. J. There is a photographer in you too!

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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 bugzy View Post
    Another hour very well spent

    thanks GG for the lush pictures of the beautiful Deosai and narration
    thanks DD for the rare pictures

    khochay tu bohat fotogenic pathan hey

    great pics all the shooters

    loved the KILLER DEEMOG shots

    and loved the Tora Bora on Deosai with Mountain on the background

    Thank you guys
    Good man Bug. Yes, indeed, DD's rare pictures were too good.
    So you too have realized the modeling potential of the great Pathan!


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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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    Quote Originally Posted by MITSU_MAN View Post
    @RAO

    Hahahaha......almost fell off my chair laughing!
    Charitable EVO....hahaha....good one, but sadly, ain't happening amigo!
    No harm testing your eagerness to give out Evos for free every 6 months amigo.
    Too bad you haven't changed at all!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    hahaha no ustaadi there boy.... it was like i knew Raohamid's offroading capabilities and also tora bora with energy drink..... this is a parallel abandan track to shoesar lake and was in worst condition..




    thanks Asad.... rare picture is rare picture and nothing but the rare picture....

    Yaar, honestly should have bought more red bull's from Islamabad on the way back, or at least from Naran. Those things really work when your eyes are blood shot, deprived of sleep. Note for next time DD.

    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 incognito59 View Post
    Can you please tell which cam and lenses did you use in this trip the pics are awesome
    Nikon D70s
    Lenses:
    1- Nikkor 16-35mm F4 AFS VR2
    2- Sigma 70-200mm F2.8

    Lenses that I did not use but stocked:
    1- Tamron 24-70 F2.8
    2- Nikkor 50mm F1.8 Prime
    3- Nikkor 90mm F2.8 Macro


    Stuff:
    1- Hoya Circular Polarizer Filter (Used)
    2- Hoya Neutral Density Filter (Did not use)
    3- Hoya UV Filters (Useless)
    4- Sony Tripod (Used)


    Thanks !

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    Guys, Sheosar shots starting in 1 hour from now. Hope you like them. Final adjustments being made right now.

    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 raohamid View Post
    Yaar, honestly should have bought more red bull's from Islamabad on the way back, or at least from Naran. Those things really work when your eyes are blood shot, deprived of sleep. Note for next time DD.

    Rao.
    yaar i was not putting redbull in my eyes honestly .... Red eye and Red bull nothing in common seriously.... i was viched at Bhera after almost 36hrs drive from Challas and nothing was working then.... only thing that works was BUTT .... a replacement unimog driver....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ams0007 View Post
    Ess say pehlay kay awam sarkoon pay ajayee, tyre jalay, roads block karay, sarkari amlaak koo nuksan poohancay pls upload the remaing pics fficeffice" /><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>
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    TU boys, keep going.............<o:p></o:p>
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    yaar abb agar mein awaam ko yeh batadoon kay raohamid sahib pichlay 3 hrs say Gold tournament daikh rahay thay tu yeh san kuch ho jaeyga jo aapnay abhi farmaya....

    dair aey durast aey.... chall GG ab shuru hoja...
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Guys, Sheosar shots starting in 1 hour from now. Hope you like them. Final adjustments being made right now.

    Rao.
    You have to share your technique you do split toning in the shots or alter the hues for selected colours? I assume you use lightroom

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    yaar i was not putting redbull in my eyes honestly .... Red eye and Red bull nothing in common seriously.... i was viched at Bhera after almost 36hrs drive from Challas and nothing was working then.... only thing that works was BUTT .... a replacement unimog driver....
    LOL! Red bull doesn't work as far as i've experienced

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