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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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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    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...
    Hahahah! DD, yaar, not gold, Golf tournament.
    And its an awesome tournament. But, a guys got to do what a guys got to do boy, so I shall switch modes now. Pics coming up.


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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 RetardedBuddy View Post
    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



    LOL! Red bull doesn't work as far as i've experienced
    If I told you, I'd have to kill you bro! Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture, Capture One, all depends on the day.

    Just enjoy them, we shall meet once, and then all shall be revealed.

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

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    And so the show begins at Sheosar Lake. 14,000 ft, arguably one of the highest point of the Plains of Deosai. This was by far my favorite landscape.

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

    I present, Sheosar.

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    Lesson number 1. DO NOT KEEP YOUR RIDE'S WINDOWS OPEN DURING THE DAY AT DEOSAI, ANY PART OF IT, I GUARANTEE YOU, YOU WILL BE FACED WITH AN ARCH ENEMY YOU WILL NOT FORGET AND WILL NOT WIN OVER. THE FAMOUS MOSQUITO OF DEOSAI!!

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    Oh, the joys of using a circular polarizer!!! I have a teeny weeny screen on my camera, and I could tell these would be pretty good straight by looking at it.

    @RetardedBuddy, hint number one.

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    Trust me gents, the clouds have not been added.
    Pic titled, Droplet.


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    The vehicle at the back is so small I cannot tell you which it is. Such is the magnitude of Deosai, thousands and hundreds of thousands of acres of plains. It is truly unbelievable.

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    I just couldn't get enough of this view, I was told this lake has no inlet and no outlet. The water is just there.

    @RetardedBuddy - Hint number 2 - to take a good photo, most of the times, you need a good scene. You just have to be there at the right time bro, software contributes very little.

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    In this picture, even though we all know that Kashif is extremely sexy and is a distant cousin of Brad Pitt, he's the last object I am looking at

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    Very good shots Rao bhai .......bhot alla, i cudnt stop my self to comment.
    very very nice.....lub them all, dhamka photography.
    keep Rolling......
    when nothing else do the job "TU has the solution"
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    All the statements given by fellows are so true...like...

    amazing
    wonderful
    great
    mesmerizing
    Rao has set new standards
    each of them is a calender shot
    and many many others....

    My top favorite is....@raohamid has set new standards.

    My salute to you Sir for bringing up & out the beauty of places we have already seen and photographed, but never this way!

    Any congratulations to all the trip members for accomplishing one great milestone of adventures.

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    Rao super duper pics of Sheosar, i hope more of to come

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janj View Post
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    Very very nice......thoroughly enjoyable....10/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    No harm testing your eagerness to give out Evos for free every 6 months amigo.
    Too bad you haven't changed at all!

    Rao.
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    Hahahaha........well you continue doing trips like these and keep treating us with fantastic photography......who knows it'll melt what.....and I might reconsider!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    The vehicle at the back is so small I cannot tell you which it is. Such is the magnitude of Deosai, thousands and hundreds of thousands of acres of plains. It is truly unbelievable.

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    This reflects how gigantic deosai plains are and visibility once you are above the pollution layer<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Thumbs up I love these Surprises :)

    That's creative work Janj, Thank You


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    OK note for DD, we need few more but.. for next year

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    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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    Smile A Public Service Message for Hard-Top Rides Only

    Remember Rao, BeeMog is a Soft-top, and it was topless, screen down situation at DeoSai taking head-on Your enemies as my enemies

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Lesson number 1. DO NOT KEEP YOUR RIDE'S WINDOWS OPEN DURING THE DAY AT DEOSAI, ANY PART OF IT, I GUARANTEE YOU, YOU WILL BE FACED WITH AN ARCH ENEMY YOU WILL NOT FORGET AND WILL NOT WIN OVER. THE FAMOUS MOSQUITO OF DEOSAI!!

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    Damn, that's the widest and most complete picture of sheosar I have ever seen, honestly you cant see that much in just one view in person, remeber this is just 1 photo, not a panorama!

    Hats off to Rao!

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    And so the show begins at Sheosar Lake. 14,000 ft, arguably one of the highest point of the Plains of Deosai. This was by far my favorite landscape.

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

    I present, Sheosar.

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