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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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    Exclamation Vote for the Best Set!

    Sheosar is my new favorite set, I park this lake in my favorite category, the pictures have changed the picture aur abhi aur bhee baaki hey!


    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post

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

    I present, Sheosar.

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    Toora Boora, the ride with windows

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Lesson number 1.

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    I am only concerned with pictures, will discuss the polar bears later

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    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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    Drop of life in a lake with no inlet and outlet!

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Trust me gents, the clouds have not been added.
    Pic titled, Droplet.


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    I will ask TU13 to confirm how much he owns from these acres, the most wonderful place to go and DeoSai is subject which needs dedicated week to explore, and TU was thinking to explore DeoSai for 2-3 days and return from there, but the light air was killing us!

    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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    Perfect timing!

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    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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    And his tummy is the first object I am looking at, Kashif was once a smart boy, he still is the most photogenic person in TU!

    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    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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    When Nothing else do the Job "ҐЄຊ๓ પฑḭ₥φ౸" has the solution. http://www.facebook.com/team.unimog

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    Quote Originally Posted by MITSU_MAN View Post
    @janj

    Very very nice......thoroughly enjoyable....10/10
    Thanks M_M Glad you liked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmz View Post
    Very good shots Rao bhai .......bhot alla, i cudnt stop my self to comment.
    very very nice.....lub them all, dhamka photography.
    keep Rolling......
    Thank you jigger. More shots coming up soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janj View Post
    The below Video link requires minimum settings


    Lights off


    Bass 7
    Treble 6


    Graphic EqualizerFlat Line Tip


    • Set your graphic equalizer levels at zero on all frequency volumes. Flat lining the graphic equalizer allows you to hear the natural mix or the sound of your music before any adjustments. Listen to the overall mix, noting any unbalance in the bass and treble of the natural sound. Note what is lacking in the mix: the vocals, the bass and the crash of cymbals.




    Please let me introduce you to my friend, Janj (Saqib Janjua). He is no stranger to this world of Pakwheels, and perhaps a baba when it comes to wheeling in the bushes and soaking in mud. He is a true friend, because even without a request, and even though he had little to do on this tour with us, he went through the effort of making an excellent video for us. He is the sole reason I started off road activities, and we have spent lots of time, through thick and thin together.

    Janj, meri jaan. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift. There needs to be a final video when the pics finish..... laalay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareen View Post
    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.

    Sir I am indebted to your kind words. Its encouragements like these that make me want to take up photography again. I am very thankful that you took time out to make these comments.

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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 ams0007 View Post
    Rao super duper pics of Sheosar, i hope more of to come
    Yes Asad, more coming soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MITSU_MAN View Post
    @RAO

    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!
    Buddy, bro, my friend, I am ready to do a lot more for a free Evo! Say the word! Say the word!!

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    New set of Sheosar coming soon your way.

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    DD and Bash approaching Sheosar Lake.

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    breathtaking pictures....a treat to watch
    10/10 for sharing this excellent fantastical pictures guys keep them coming
    Never go offroading alone!!!you never know when you need a push!!

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    Default DD - His Show Off at Sheosar Begins!

    Such a show off this guy is, he wanted to climb the hill even though the beautiful Sheosar Lake was right in front of him.

    Such a one tracked mind this guy has!!

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    DD, wrong way!! Wrong way!!

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    Truly felt like we had conquered Deosai.

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    Default And now the G4 Show Off!

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    Cropped show off!

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    Rao bh, Amazing simple amazing shots of Sheaosar Lake. Brilliant!

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    The Boyses overlooking Sheosar the Great!


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    Quote Originally Posted by junaidahmad View Post
    Rao bh, Amazing simple amazing shots of Sheaosar Lake. Brilliant!
    Thanks J Man. It was a lovely location, makes life easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajab9007 View Post
    breathtaking pictures....a treat to watch
    10/10 for sharing this excellent fantastical pictures guys keep them coming
    Thank you dost. They shall keep on coming.

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

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