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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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    @ Zarar
    Great refreshing memories. However, the place looked like cr@p back in 2010!!! I cannot believe it is the same Deosai we just visited. Too big a difference.

    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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    @ rao , the 2jz engine is a real monster, i know, i have it in my toyota crown, i wanted to know is it good for a 4x4 as well ? i am willing to have it in my 4x4 which i will acquire in a few months

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    @Annas, its great, but go for the simple 2JZ-GE motor, don't go for the VVT-i.

    @Asif
    Great shots bro! You are very well traveled indeed! I envy you, extremely lucky!!
    Keep up the great work. Keep exploring.

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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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    @ rao , if u need ne thing for your engine, regarding parts, do let me know, i keep parts for toyota

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    Quote Originally Posted by annas12479 View Post
    @ rao , if u need ne thing for your engine, regarding parts, do let me know, i keep parts for toyota
    Oxygen sensor query coming up soon mate I'll get in touch one of these days, could you PM me your number?

    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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    Here's another group shot at Sheosar, photo taken by Romano.

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    DD, the show off who conquered Sheosar at Deosai.

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    Picture Perfect Sheosar. Love it.

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    Bloody hell! This lake is given me the shivers.

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    More of the sky this time, just in case the sky gods don't get angry with me

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    G4 - Turn Left!

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    G4 - Turn Right!

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    DD: Kashif ye kya awaz thee?
    Kashif: Bash kee pant phat gayee hain.
    Rao: I don't want to look.
    Bash: Please don't look, smile for the camera!

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    That's Sheosar through my eyes gents. Hope you guys enjoyed this beautiful area. If you get a chance, you must visit Deosai and pay your respects to the mother nature at Sheosar, you won't regret it!

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    @ Rao
    u have great photograpic skills man.thanks for the appreciation
    keep up the explore and this thread tooooo

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    Happy Independence Day to all... May Allah Almighty bless and save our country..
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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    @ Zarar
    Great refreshing memories. However, the place looked like cr@p back in 2010!!! I cannot believe it is the same Deosai we just visited. Too big a difference.

    Rao.
    u cant call it crap....dono pics ki apni apni jaga khubsurati ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basharatu View Post
    This was my 4th visit to DeoSai plains, 2 in consecutive years and if you ask me If i want to go again there next year then my answer is YES , this place has no match if Rao is behind the camera!

    RAO taken Sheosar to new heights, given a new dimension to look into this beautiful heaven on earth.

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    thanks zarar for taking us back in 2010 and i remember the first view of lake was out of this world....

    we travelled in exactly the same dates as of last year but find no snow anywhere in Deosai.... in comparison last year the track through Deosai was not open after Sheosar....

    i know zarar boy you missed the 2011 trip and not after watching the pictures and stories you are missing more.... chal koi nahi next year agar chutti na mili tu resign kerdaina....


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