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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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    Quote Originally Posted by cotec View Post
    Much awaited thread finally started. Thank you.

    @Rao - Nice write up. We await detailed travelogue.

    Where are the pics??? keep them rolling.

    Both DeeMOG and BeeMOG look sexy.

    Guys I congratulate you on successfully and safely completing such an adventrous expedition. You didn't bring anything for us but jealousy.

    O Rizwan Bhai! Hahahahah!!!! Sir jee, you should be riding along with us next time. All is in progress, your prayers helped a lot. Thanks.

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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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    Thank You Janj, very nice words. The food was wonderful, and your visit to TU before departure always leave good effects

    Quote Originally Posted by Janj View Post
    Boys: You made all the difference in the world!
    Thank you for gathering all the data, editing, posting stuff


    Congratulations on doing a superb job, Team Unimog 2011 trip celebration time.
    You will be proud of the wonderful drive that you can only get in Pakistan.

    Great effort to continue another Punga this year too, accept my sincere compliments on all your hard work which was not possible without loyalty and devotion.

    I know how much goes into these events, beginning with the parade and ending with the late evening fireworks.


    I know that many of you literally went the extra mile to deliver this thread.

    Beyond the call of duty.

    All others will be winched.

    Janj

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    @ Rao Hammid: Excellent write up and loved the pictures so far.
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    Default The Tanzeem Man!

    Please meet Mr. Tanzeem. Rumor has it, and this has come from very reliable sources, that Mr. Tanzeem USED to be a great man, someone who was extremely participatory, and was the man you needed on a TU trip. Unfortunately, rumor also has it that all of this changed, total reversal, as soon as his reporting line at the office changed. He was great company when you felt him.

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    The J man, (and believe me Junaid, I have been asked to write some of this by some people who's opinion I cannot ignore), was a softie in the beginning, but surprisingly, excellent energy levels were witnessed as soon as we crossed back into Islamabad. Jay Ho J Man Kee.


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    Azhar also has Japanese tourist routes, all we can say about Azhar was that he was on a honeymoon photo-shoot, but without a bride. He was also particularly fond of the Bara Dari at Shiggar Fort for a strange reason. Some say, he believes, this Dari was actually stolen from the family home a few years ago, and his mission with TU was to try and recover it from the Fort. But with all the photo opportunities, who would remember the mission?


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    Okay boys, that enough for the intros. Soon we will start with the landscapes and trip highlights.

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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 hasan12rana View Post
    @ Rao Hammid: Excellent write up and loved the pictures so far.
    Thanks a lot. I guarantee you will like the pics up ahead!

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

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    Wet and damp from Naran. This was going to give us a taste of some strange weather up ahead. Strange that you always come across the wrong weather forecast. No matter how many times we checked, they said it was going to be bright and sunny. Proof it wasn't.

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    Arguably, the most reliable vehicle on the tour. It only showed hints of issues, possibly starter related, or perhaps altitude related during ignition. I have developed tremendous respect for BeeMog. It was consistent, so was Bash, it could go topless when you needed to, and aesthetically, it adorned an understated elegance that was going to be tough to match.

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    excellent sir cant wait more upload pic n vidz .......bs bht saber kr liya

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    Three Words! This Is It

    What a Trip

    What a write up

    What a Photo graph...

    Mogers tusi cha gai ho sab dai sab!

    You have taken write up, pics and most important of all SPIRITS to the next level baby!

    Keep the pics rolling Rao Sb, Roza Daron ko tarpatei nahi hain
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    Default Tora Bora!!

    I'm very emotional about this ride. A few months ago, the diesel engine on it seized, so we decided to go petrol. We went for one of the most difficult electrical jobs ever, and chose a 3.0 inline 6 VVT-i motor. This trip was going to be the test for Tora Bora. If she had brought me back, I was going to keep it, but if she had failed, then I would have had to let it go. I'm proud to report that apart from an accelerator wire snapping, and a damaged automatic window motor, God was kind. I'm keeping her. The latest addition to TU, Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhbjadoon View Post
    excellent sir cant wait more upload pic n vidz .......bs bht saber kr liya

    Lol. They are coming your way Jadoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autoSlaVe View Post
    Three Words! This Is It

    What a Trip

    What a write up

    What a Photo graph...

    Mogers tusi cha gai ho sab dai sab!

    You have taken write up, pics and most important of all SPIRITS to the next level baby!

    Keep the pics rolling Rao Sb, Roza Daron ko tarpatei nahi hain

    Thanks bro. Thanks a lot for your appreciation. Somethings just turn out fine. More coming your way soon.

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

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    Anybody know why Pakwheels seems to be applying sharpening to my already sharpened pics?

    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 raohamid View Post
    ams0007! Welcome to Pakwheels! And that's a really cute nick O Bash?!? Kya ho gaya hain Unimoggers ko? Nicks should be like this, IEatKidsForLunch, ChassisKeeAiseeKeeTaisee, MyRearIsNowFlatLoveMogs.

    Just kidding asad, pakwheels ragging to honi hoti hain Welcome bro.

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    Thanks Bash & Rao, I am thoroughly enjoying the posts but pictures are taking little long ………. I hope you will put some ACCELERATOR on it and we know u always have extra race cable with u onwards.fficeffice" /><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>

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    Kidhar Vich hogaye ho saray, har dafa mein aa k thread chalaonga

    i heard some souls shouting something about me (o_O)


    this was the best expedition i had till now, full of fun, thrill, Viches & De-Viches, some DIY's on the rigs n some sand drifts n Rally Mode Driving.... lots of things to share for which there are no words....
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    @ams0007

    welcome on board dear

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    Aap tashreef ley aayay hain? Chund, chapayrr, watta on nose!!!! Aglee Eid pey aap aa ja tay. James Pond!! I'm gonna keeeeeeeeeell yeeaaww.

    Rao.



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    @G4
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    Kidhar Vich hogaye ho saray, har dafa mein aa k thread chalaonga

    i heard some souls shouting something about me (o_O)


    this was the best expedition i had till now, full of fun, thrill, Viches & De-Viches, some DIY's on the rigs n some sand drifts n Rally Mode Driving.... lots of things to share for which there are no words....
    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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