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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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    Default The Original & Rare Killer

    Before we move on I wanted to pay my tribute to the original Killer with two recent & last one 'Blast From The Past' took in July 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fihsak View Post
    Hum tu Vich hogaye hain Sanam tum ko be vich kardengay

    All Others will be Viched
    Uff!!!

    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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    Excellent Thread, love the pics of @DeeDee and @raohamid, its amazingly nice and it took alot of time to complete the thread.

    Good thing here is tht the pic posters are keeping almost same pace as one come to post and thn finish all is not good and its not giving tht taste. Thanks to Flicker for giving us better quality pics as PW own pic uploading is not good for pics quality.

    Also i would love to be with you for next Expedition of 2012 Insha Allah
    Life is a chain of moment of enjoyment and Obedience to Allah, not only about survival

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    hahahaha bola tha na yeh sab sach nahi hai.... sab masala hai hahahah...

    yes boy i remember me and Bash shouting from across Bara pani "oye 4x4 engage nahi hai" with low on oxy my brain was about to blow while shouting....

    no doubts Tora Bora would have done Bara Pani quite easily .... agar khan vich na kerta hub locks ....

    This love affair with Khan is just like you ordinarily love a woman, you can't live with him, but you also can't live without him.

    Sorry boy, there was way too much noise from the water, and then you know about the fake Borla real TRD exhaust in Tora Bora also! Damn thing was quite slippery though!

    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 RetardedBuddy View Post
    Posting unprocessed pics will also give away your secret technique
    What secret technique?

    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 DeeDee View Post
    shoesar shoesar shoesar

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    Kamaal DD! Lovely pics. And they are in natural un-bastardized format too for Mr. Zarar.

    Really great pics boy.

    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 DeeDee View Post
    tora bora rally run uphill shoesar lake

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    What a lovely shot bro. Excellent camera work on this.

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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
    Jays cut

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    Oh no! Kashif tu idher bhee?!? He's under age for crying out loud Khochay!!

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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 DeeDee View Post
    more Jays cut

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    Such bloody show offs these guys are! Mummy daddy lagg rahain hain sab

    Please tell me Kashif did not urinate in that lovely lake, because it sure damn well looks like he was about to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janj View Post
    What a day lalay!
    Janj Jaani thanks a lot bro. Yes, timing was perfect with me

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    I will miss her, that RKR. She will always be the one that got away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    the end of shoesar show off....

    Guru G lets move to wahshi Kala Pani

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    Roger bro, roger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Please tell me Kashif did not urinate in that lovely lake, because it sure damn well looks like he was about to!
    He couldn't have passed the rocks imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetardedBuddy View Post
    He couldn't have passed the rocks imo
    Oh you don't know him when he's gotta go, he could have crossed Deosai in its entirety on his forehead had the time come for it

    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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    @raohamid haPpY bIRThdAY bRO..........!
    The way a man keeps his car ,,,is the way he keeps himself...................

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    To see original colors, uss kay liyay chutti lay nee partee hain office say aur paisay kharch karnay parr tey hain.

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    orignal colors to dekh liyay the last year chuti ker ke aur paise kharck ke....

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Kamaal DD! Lovely pics. And they are in natural un-bastardized format too for Mr. Zarar.

    Really great pics boy.

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    gud orignal pictures....
    mughay to lag ra tha ke aap ne deosai raat ko cross kiya ha...but aap ki pics dekh ke yakeen ho gaya ke daylight mein hi cross kiya ha....

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    Quote Originally Posted by haris001 View Post
    @raohamid haPpY bIRThdAY bRO..........!
    Thanks a lot haris.

    Rao.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarar___ View Post
    gud orignal pictures....
    mughay to lag ra tha ke aap ne deosai raat ko cross kiya ha...but aap ki pics dekh ke yakeen ho gaya ke daylight mein hi cross kiya ha....
    Ab mazeed paisay kharcho aur acha say monitor khareed lo. Ya tou phir tumhe achi nahin lag rahee aur nazar nahin aa rahee, tou phir ye he monitor rakh lo

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    Quote Originally Posted by raohamid View Post
    Ab mazeed paisay kharcho aur acha say monitor khareed lo. Ya tou phir tumhe achi nahin lag rahee aur nazar nahin aa rahee, tou phir ye he monitor rakh lo

    Rao.
    ooo bhai kis zamane ki baat ker e hein....monitor kon use kerta ha ab...ab to HD ka zamana ha..aap b paise kharach ke HD wide screen plasma le lein ...ab ye na kehan plasma pc ke sath connect nai hota

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